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About Alyssa

Alyssa Alia, a prominent New York area food stylist and mother of two, shares her most treasured recipes from her table to yours in her first solo cookbook "If the Table Could Talk - A Taste of Celebrations" and her sequel "If the Table Could Talk- A Taste of the Holidays are all about her menus and memories of her life as a food stylist.

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Alyssa's clients have ranged from major national, regional and global food companies to local and national food magazines. Food styling services include all venues of print and film, as images appear across packaging, advertising, promotion and social media all over the U.S. and around the world.  


Captured by the menus she’s saved from decades of home celebrations, you’ll find within these pages a treasure trove of well-loved family recipes –delectable, fun, easy-to-prepare and filled with joy! These recipes, developed and prepared lovingly by Alyssa over many years, are presented here with time-saving tips, make-ahead tricks, decorating ideas and hints for how to make every gathering you host a success.


Beautiful photographs brings each recipe in the cookbook to life, a testament to Alyssa’s talent as a food stylist. 


So sit back and enjoy Alyssa’s menus, her food journal through time, and let it inspire you to create your own food memories with family and friends!

“Keep your table talking! I want people to use these recipes as guides so they can make amazing food memories at their own tables. En-Joy and cook just for the love of it!” 

-Alyssa XO



Professional Food Stylist in the New York area

Graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences 

Recipient of New York Restaurant School Chef Certification with Honors, 1984

Student of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France

Co-Author “Light Fantastic!” Prima Publishing

Co-Owner Sonny’s on the Avenue Restaurant, Verona, NJ

Mother of two daughters, Maria and Marisa, recent Grandmother "Grandy" to grandson TJ and wife of Dr. Thomas E. Malanga

Alyssa and her family reside in New Jersey

“ If the Table Could Talk - A Taste of Celebrations" is the first in a two-part cookbook series

Look for, “ If the Table Could Talk - A Taste of the Holidays," available now 


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