Inside Silvana Nardone's Kitchen

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Name: Silvana Nardone

Occupation: Cookbook author; founder, dishtoweldiaries.com

Location: Brooklyn, New York

You won't get in trouble for running, jumping or tossing a ball in Silvana Nardone's house. After all, there's a basketball hoop installed just under regulation height in her loft's expansive kitchen-living-dining area. Her children -- Isaiah, 14, and Chiara, 4 -- and their pals use the surrounding hardwood "court" for shooting and whizzing around on scooters. "We don't have much that's breakable," says Nardone, who cooks for her energetic children four or five nights a week. Nardone wrote Cooking for Isaiah to address her son's gluten and dairy sensitivities, but she hopes the recipes in the book will appeal to the whole family (including her vegetarian husband, Stephen) and their friends. Factor in great food, Nardone says, and "who wouldn't want to hang out here?" -- Sarah Stebbins

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