Tiny Hot Dogs by Mary Giuliani (Review)

Mary Giuliani may just be the coolest and funniest person I’ve never heard of. No she’s not related to THAT guy, and she may not be a celebrity like she wanted to be when she was a kid – but hot dog does her life makes for a fantastically funny book!

I devoured every tiny morsel of this memoir and then I licked the plate clean. OK that sounds gross, but seriously – I want to hang out with her, I want to attend her parties, I want her to be one of my lady lobsters! (You’ll have to read it to find out what that is!)

This is the caterer to the stars memoir that we have all been missing if there ever was one! There’s a perfect dash of childhood hilarity, a beautiful glaze of touching and hard moments, a healthy drizzle of inspiration and gusto, and some scalding hot dishes of celebrity encounters… all folded into the perfect recipe for an amazing read.

And did I mention the incredible recipes included as well??

Mary is funny, like SNL funny. She’s warm and witty and there’s not an ounce of ego or pretension even though she hobnobs with the celebrity elite. Her stories will make you LOL (an Alec Baldwin encounter is a fave of mine!) and her memories will wrap you up in a warm hug of peppered nostalgia.

I inhaled this book and relished every story – I only wish there were 5 more courses of it!

Thank you to Tandem Literary, Running Press and Mary Giuliani for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book!

It’s available today – you can get it here!


  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Adult (April 9, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762465565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762465569


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From Amazon:

From awkward schoolgirl to Caterer to the Stars, Mary Giuliani weaves together a collection of hilarious memories, from professional growing pains to her long journey to motherhood, never losing her sense of humor and her love for everyone’s favorite party food, pigs in a blanket.

Mary’s utterly unremarkable childhood was everything she didn’t want: hailing from a deeply loving yet overprotective Italian family in an all-Jewish enclave on Long Island. All she wanted was to fit in (be Jewish) and become famous (specifically a cast member on Saturday Night Live). With an easy, natural storytelling sensibility, Mary shares her journey from a cosseted childhood home to the stage and finally to the party, accidentally landing what she now refers to as “the breakthrough role of a lifetime” catering to a glittery list of stars she once hoped to be part of herself.

Fresh, personal, and full of Mary’s humorous, self-deprecating, and can-do attitude against all odds, you’ll want to see where each shiny silver tray of hors d’oeuvres takes her next. You never know when the humble hot dog will be a crucial ingredient in the recipe for success, in building a business or simply making life more delicious.



About Mary:

MaryMary Giuliani is an author, party and lifestyle expert, and founder and CEO of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events. Mary has appeared on The Barefoot Contessa, The Chew, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Moltissimo with Jimmy Fallon, and is a regularly featured guest on The Rachael Ray Show. Mary’s first book, The Cocktail Party (Eat, Drink, Play, Recover) came out in 2015. A graduate of Georgetown University, Mary resides in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood and Woodstock, New York with her husband Ryan, and daughter Gala.


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