Only In America

Emilia Zecchino story is extremely interesting and fascinating...one of inspiration guided by divine consecration and state of the art opportunity. Not surprising, the culinary theme runs through her life. First in a grocery store where the delicious smells of cooking invited local housewives to shop, through the trials and tribulations of growing her business to the last anxious moments of the sale of Holiday Foods to the Schwan Food Company

Questions With Emilia

What was the most difficult part of writing the book?

My book is a biography. The most difficult part was going back in time and reliving the tragedies I have experienced during my lifetime.

Have you written any other books?

Yes, I did. The title is Let Me Tell You What Happened To Me

What do you find most difficult about writing?

The beginning of a chapter always gives me some kind of anxiety. I believe it has to flow smoothly from the preceding one and continue to develop interest, keeping the reader so engaged that he does not want to put the book down.

What do you find most enjoyable about writing?

It is so much easier for me to express myself in writing than in speaking. I do enjoy the ability to find words and sentences that best define my feelings on paper, because I can focus better on my thoughts.

Do you think your book has a message? If so, what is it?

My book is in essence a love letter to America. From beginning to end, I try to pull the reader into a narrative that would bring out the faith in God, the courage to risk all, the perseverance, and the hard work that became the fabric of my life. The main objective of my book is to illustrate how it is possible to achieve extraordinary success if you are willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for future rewards. Listen to that little voice within, and seize the opportunities that are available “ONLY IN AMERICA.”

What made you decide to write this book?

I wanted to demonstrate the power of the opportunities afforded to us by the AMerican work ethic in the “free market” where anyone can be whatever they aspire to, with hard work, perseverance and respect for the rules. I believe my book is truly a “book for our times.”

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted it to be a tribute to America and to those who work hard to keep our country a dominant force as a cradle of democracy and a unique source of American Exceptionalism

Have you always wanted to write?

Yes, I am an avid reader and my dream was to be an author someday!

How long did it take you to write?

Three years.

Breaking The Glass Ceiling Award

Emilia Zecchino receving the Breaking The Glass Ceiling Award” by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce from Sylvia Berman in December 2002 at the newly reopened Diplomat Hotel


Catering # 13 An upscale office opening

 Catering an upscale office opening

A thank you note from the chief flight attendant on Air Force I

Holiday Foods products were served on Air Force One during the early 90’s


Emilia Zecchino and staff in one of the processing rooms at Holiday Foods plant.