Carmela Cipriani was born and grew up in Venice. Following her studies at the University of Bologna, she lived and worked in France, England, and the United States.
A lawyer since 1984, she has practiced in Venice, New York, and Milan where she has been living since 1988 with her three daughters. She has written for several Italian dailies and magazines including Repubblica, Dove, Capital, and Donna Moderna, and has appeared on television shows on Italy’s major channels RAI Uno and Rai Due including cooking on the popular family program In Famiglia. Cipriani is an expert in Venetian cuisine. She has organised cooking courses in Umbria and Venice and is author of the CD Cipriani and his secrets (Opera Multimedia), offering more then 180 recipes from the kitchen of Harry's Bar, one of Venice’s most celebrated restaurants since 1931.
In 1995, she published her first children’s book, Pappe da favola (A Yummy Yummy Fairy Tale), winner of the Bancarellino Award, thenGiochi, burro e marmellata (Games, Butter and Jam), Mangia che ti racconto (Eat What I Tell You), Due e Mila e la Santa Porta (Jubi and Lee and the Year 2000), Cosa c’è di buono (What Good There Is), and Signor Sveglia e Signor Sonno (Mr. Wake Up and Mr. Sleep). In 2007, she published her first novel, Dichiarazione d’amore a Venezia (Declaration of Love to Venice) dedicated to her hometown.

Last book by Carmela Cipriani is Pappe Magiche