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Picks and Pans Review: Ciao Italia's Mary Ann Esposito Move Over, Julia Child!

updated 08/31/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/31/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• The chef, 67, has cause to celebrate. She stars in America's longest-running continuous cooking show.

THE SECRET TO SUCCESS I keep the show fresh, real and doable. I want to have fun but I want to teach too.

HER FAN CLUB I get e-mails saying, "Will you marry me?" I put them on the refrigerator and say to my husband, "Just step out of line, buddy, and you'll see. I can walk anytime!"

20TH-ANNIVERSARY PRESENT I have a new kitchen. I told Emeril [Lagasse], "You may have a band, but you don't have a kitchen like this!" The best thing is the sink is in the front, so there are no more butt shots.

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