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    Italy has a well-established and deserved reputation for producing high-quality food and tasty cuisine. Best known for pizza and pasta, Italian food also includes many excellent meat and seafood dishes, as well as excellent cheeses, and fabulous desserts.

    It has often been noted that Italy is a country of great regional variations - and that is certainly true, indeed the country was only unified in 1861 - and this fact is reflected in the diversity of Italy's regional cuisine. It should also be noted that Italy has been invaded many times over the centuries, as well as trading with many other countries, and this too is reflected in the national cuisine.

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    Some of the regional variations that you may encounter in Italian food include:
    • Northern Italy's native products include balsamic vinegar, bolognese sauce (ragu), lasagna, mortadella (a heat-cured pork sausage, served as a cold cut) parmigiano (parmesan cheese) polenta (a dish made from boiled cornmeal), prosciutto (dry cured ham) and tortellini (stuffed pasta). Rice is grown in both Lombardy and Piedmont (although different types in these two regions), which is used to make risotto.

    • Tuscan cuisine often features meat, white beans and unsalted bread.

    • Mozzarella and pizza, not to mention sfogliatelle (Italian filled pastries) originate from Naples.

      Authentic Neapolitan pizza served in Naples

    • Roman cuisine often uses pecorino (cheese made from sheep's milk) and offal. Rome is also known for its ultra-thin pizzas.

    • Calabria (the region corresponding to the "toe" of Italy) is known for its spicy variety of salami.

    • Sardinia is well-known for its lamb and pecorino (cheese made from sheep's milk).

    • Sicilian cuisine is noted for its Arab influences in its cooking (with the use of lemon and pistachio), as well as for its seafood (including tuna and swordfish). Sicily is also the home of gelato (ice cream) and granita (a delicious semi-frozen dessert made using sugar, water and flavorings).
    Some popular Italian recipes and dishes include:
    • Braciola - Thin slices of beef pan-fried with a little olive oil. It is often eaten as an appetizer with green salad or potatoes.

    • Bruschetta - Grilled bread rubbed with garlic, olive oil, pepper and salt. Additional toppings such as tomato, red pepper, vegetables beans, cheese or cured meat are also sometimes added.

      Bruschetta

    • Gnocchi - Dumplings or noodles made from potato, wheat flour, or semolina.

    • Minestrone - A thick soup made from stock with vegetables such as beans, carrots, celery, onions, and tomatoes. Pasta or rice may sometimes be added, and the dish is not necessarily vegetarian: meat or meat stock is often used when making it.

    • Panna cotta - A dessert made by simmering milk, cream, and sugar, then mixing with gelatin. It is then allowed to cool and set. Panna cotta is often eaten with berries, chocolate sauce, or fruit coulis.

    • Pasta - There are many different types of pasta including farfalle and rotelle (complicated decorative shapes), fettuccine and linguine (both ribbon-shipped), lasagna (large sheets), manicotti, ravioli and tortellini (hollow shapes which are stuffed with fillings), penne (short tubes), and spaghetti and vermicelli (string like). Each type of pasta is most suitable for a particular type of sauce (Alfredo sauce, Tomato sauce, etc.), and thus a very wide range of different dishes can be prepared using each of these forms of pasta.

      Fettuccine alfredo with shrimp

    • Pizza - As already discussed, there are many different variations, including:
      • Lazio - A thick-base pizza, particularly associated with Rome, although available in other parts of the country too. There are quite a few different toppings that may be used, and this type of pizza is often made in long rectangular pans ("pizza al taglio" or "pizza rustica").
      • Neapolitan (Italian: pizza napoletana) - A pizza with a thin base made from Italian white flour. Marina, margherita, and margherita extra are the three official versions of the recipe.
      • Ripieno and calzone - A half-moon shaped pizza filled mozzarella, ricotta and salami. It may be baked or fried.
      • Sicilian (Italian: Sfincione) - A pizza with ingredients incorporated in the dough rather than used as toppings. Pecorino cheese is used instead of mozzarella, and these pizzas also usually include anchovies.

    • Polenta - A kind of porridge made from boiled cornmeal. It is a staple food in Northern Italy.

    • Risotto - A traditional Italian dish prepared from rice. The rice is first cooked in butter or olive oil, then white wine is added, and after this evaporates, hot stock is slowly added, stirring continuously. Diced butter or cheese is then mixed in, achieving a rich creamy texture. The basic recipe can be varied by using different kinds of wine or cheese, and by adding vegetables, meat, fish or seafood (cheese is usually omitted from the recipe if fish or seafood is used).

    • Tiramisu - A dessert made from lady fingers (small sponge cakes known in Italian as "savoiardi") dipped in expresso, and sometimes brandy or sugar. Mascarpone cream, a custard made from egg yolks (zabaglione), Marsala wine, and sugar are then added, and cocoa powder sprinkled on top.


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    Italian Moms - Spreading their Art to every Table: Classic Homestyle Italian Recipes

    By Elisa Costantini

    Costantini Publishing
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    As a wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as housekeeper and cook for those with special needs, Elisa Costantini has spent her life serving up delicious Italian meals.

    Leaving Italy at the age of twenty-three, she moved to Philadelphia with her husband and young daughter. Once there, she established herself in her neighborhood and community as a wonderful neighbor, parishioner, friend...and a terrific cook of homemade Italian specialties.

    In her debut cookbook, Costantini collects her tried-and-true recipes for Italian favorites in one place, sharing them with anyone who has an interest in making phenomenal meals for the people they love.

    She includes easy-to-follow recipes for all the Italian classics, including antipasto, pasta, breads, pizza, main dishes, and desserts.

    And unlike many fussy, complicated recipes that rely on specialized ingredients and techniques, Costantini's rustic, authentic recipes call for only fresh, simple ingredients available at local markets. Her clear writing allows even novice cooks to bring the old-world charm of the Italian countryside to their home dining room tables.

    Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

    By Rossella Rago

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    Now you can cook classic Italian meals with the long-awaited debut cookbook from the popular web TV series Cooking with Nonna!

    For Rossella Rago, creator and host of Cooking with Nonna TV, Italian cooking was never just about the amazing food or Sunday dinner. It was also about family, community, and tradition. Rossella grew up cooking with her Nonna Romana every Sunday and on holidays, learning the traditional recipes of the Italian region of Puglia, like focaccia, braciole, zucchine alla poverella, and pizza rustica. And in her popular web TV series, Rossella invites Italian-American grandmothers (the unsung heroes of the culinary world) to cook with her, learning the classic dishes and flavors of each region of Italy and sharing them with eager fans all over the world.

    Now you can take a culinary journey through Italy with Rossella and her debut cookbook, Cooking with Nonna, featuring over 100 classic Italian recipes, along with advice and stories from 25 beloved Italian grandmothers. Learn to make fresh homemade pasta, handcrafted Spaghetti with Meatballs, and decadent Four-Cheese Lasagna that will have everyone coming back for seconds! With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and mouthwatering photos, Cooking with Nonna covers appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, meats, breads, cookies, and desserts, and features favorites such as Sicilian Rice Balls, Fried Calamari, Stuffed Artichokes, Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Veal Stew in a Polenta Bowl, Struffoli, Ricotta Cookies, and more! So if you are ready to bring back Sunday dinner and learn how to make Italian food just like nonna, then look no further!

    The Elements of Pizza: Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home

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    The Elements of Pizza breaks down each step of the pizza-making process, from choosing a dough to shaping your pie to selecting cheeses and toppings that will work for your home kitchen setup. Forkish offers more than a dozen different dough recipes—same-day “Saturday doughs” that you can make in the morning to bake pizza that night, levain doughs made from a naturally fermented yeast starter, and even gluten-free dough—each of which results in the best, most texturally sublime crust you’ve ever made at home. His clear, expert instructions will have you shaping pies and loading a pizza peel with the confidence of a professional pizzaiolo. And his innovative, seasonal topping ideas will surprise and delight any pizza lover—and inspire you to create your own signature pies, just the way you like them.

    Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

    By Marcella Hazan

    Alfred A Knopf
    Released: 1992-10-27
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    Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook

    By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

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    From the Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, best-selling author, and beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions in America comes the ultimate master class: a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking, coauthored with her daughter, Tanya—covering everything from ingredients to techniques to tools, plus more than 400 delectable recipes.

    Teaching has always been Lidia’s passion, and in this magnificent book she gives us the full benefit of that passion and of her deep, comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create delicious Italian meals. With this book, readers will learn all the techniques needed to master Italian cooking. Lidia introduces us to the full range of standard ingredients—meats and fish, vegetables and fruits, grains, spices and condiments—and how to buy, store, clean, and cook with them. The 400 recipes run the full gamut from classics like risotto alla milanese and Tagliatelle with Mushroom Sauce to Lidia’s always-satisfying originals like Bread and Prune Gnocchi and Beet Ravioli in Poppy Seed Sauce. She gives us a comprehensive guide to the tools every kitchen should have to produce the best results. And she has even included a glossary of cuisine-related words and phrases that will prove indispensable for cooking, as well as for traveling and dining in Italy. There is no other book like this; it is the one book on Italian cuisine that every cook will need.

    The Blue Bloods Cookbook: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family to the Table

    By Wendy Howard Goldberg

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    ERIN REAGAN: How many times have you and I been setting the table together for Sunday dinner?

    NICKY REAGAN: A million.

    Anyone who has ever seen the hit TV show Blue Bloods knows that the family dinner is the centerpiece of every episode. And there are really only three things that Blue Bloods-and everyone else-need to make a successful family dinner: family, love and food. Bring the first two to the table and The Blue Bloods Cookbook will provide the third!

    Bridget Moynahan, the show's star, invites you to partake in that sacred family ritual, offering food lovers more than 100 delectable recipes and bringing you Irish/Italian comfort food that will make you feel right at home, including:

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    Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto

    By Marc Vetri

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    Award-winning chef Marc Vetri wanted to write his first book about pasta. Instead, he wrote two other acclaimed cookbooks and continued researching pasta for ten more years. Now, the respected master of Italian cuisine finally shares his vast knowledge of pasta, gnocchi, and risotto in this inspiring, informative primer featuring expert tips and techniques, and more than 100 recipes.

    Vetri’s personal stories of travel and culinary discovery in Italy appear alongside his easy-to-follow, detailed explanations of how to make and enjoy fresh handmade pasta. Whether you’re a home cook or a professional, you’ll learn how to make more than thirty different types of pasta dough, from versatile egg yolk dough, to extruded semolina dough, to a variety of flavored pastas—and form them into shapes both familiar and unique. In dishes ranging from classic to innovative, Vetri shares his coveted recipes for stuffed pastas, baked pastas, and pasta sauces. He also shows you how to make light-as-air gnocchi and the perfect dish of risotto. 

    Loaded with useful information, including the best way to cook and sauce pasta, suggestions for substituting pasta shapes, and advance preparation and storage notes, Mastering Pasta offers you all of the wisdom of a pro. For cooks who want to take their knowledge to the next level, Vetri delves deep into the science of various types of flour to explain pasta’s uniquely satisfying texture and how to craft the very best pasta by hand or with a machine. Mastering Pasta is the definitive work on the subject and the only book you will ever need to serve outstanding pasta dishes in your own kitchen.

    The Pizza Bible: The World's Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more

    By Tony Gemignani

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    The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles's Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

    By Nancy Silverton & Carolynn Carreno

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    Winner of the  2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef: the top chef in the country

    A traditional Italian meal is one of the most comforting—and delicious—things that anyone can enjoy. Award-winning chef Nancy Silverton has elevated that experience to a whole new level at her Los Angeles restaurants Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, co-owned with restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. A reservation at Mozza has been the hottest ticket in town since the restaurants opened and diners have been lining up for their wildly popular dishes. Finally, in The Mozza Cookbook, Silverton is sharing these recipes with the rest of the world.

    The original idea for Mozza came to Nancy at her summer home in Panicale, Italy. And that authentic Italian feel is carried throughout the book as we explore recipes from aperitivo to dolci that she would serve at her tavola at home. But do not confuse authentic with conventional! Under Silverton’s guidance, each bite is more exciting and delectable than the last, with recipes such as:
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    Buricotta with Braised Artichokes, Pine Nuts, Currants, and Mint Pesto
    Mussels al Forno with Salsa Calabrese
    Fennel Sausage, Panna, and Scallion Pizza
    Fresh Ricotta and Egg Ravioli with Brown Butter
    Grilled Quail Wrapped in Pancetta with Sage and Honey
    Sautéed Cavolo Nero
    Fritelle di Riso with Nocello-soaked Raisins and Banana Gelato
    Olive Oil Gelato

    In the book, Nancy guides you through all the varieties of cheese that she serves at the Mozzarella Bar in the Osteria. And you’ll find all the tricks you need to make homemade pastas, gelato, and pizzas that taste as if they were flown in directly from Italy. Silverton’s lively and encouraging voice and her comprehensive knowledge of the traditions behind this mouthwateringly decadent cuisine make her recipes—both familiar and intricate—easy to follow and hard to resist. It’s no wonder it is so difficult to get a table at Mozza—when you’re cooking these dishes there will be a line out your door as well.

    Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas

    By Brad Thomas Parsons

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    The European tradition of making bittersweet liqueurs--called amari in Italian--has been around for centuries. But it is only recently that these herbaceous digestifs have moved from the dusty back bar to center stage in the United States, and become a key ingredient on cocktail lists in the country’s best bars and restaurants. Lucky for us, today there is a dizzying range of amaro available—from familiar favorites like Averna and Fernet-Branca, to the growing category of regional, American-made amaro.
     
    Amaro is the first book to demystify this ever-expanding, bittersweet world, and a must-have for any home cocktail enthusiast or industry professional. Starting with a rip-roaring tour of bars, cafés, and distilleries in Italy, amaro’s spiritual home, Brad Thomas Parsons—author of the James Beard and IACP Award–winner Bitters—will open your eyes to the rich history and vibrant culture of amaro today. With more than 100 recipes for amaro-centric cocktails, DIY amaro, and even amaro-spiked desserts, you’ll be living (and drinking) la dolce vita.
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    Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

    By Marcella Hazan

    Alfred A Knopf
    Released: 1992-10-27
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    Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
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    Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook

    By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

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    From the Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, best-selling author, and beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions in America comes the ultimate master class: a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking, coauthored with her daughter, Tanya—covering everything from ingredients to techniques to tools, plus more than 400 delectable recipes.

    Teaching has always been Lidia’s passion, and in this magnificent book she gives us the full benefit of that passion and of her deep, comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create delicious Italian meals. With this book, readers will learn all the techniques needed to master Italian cooking. Lidia introduces us to the full range of standard ingredients—meats and fish, vegetables and fruits, grains, spices and condiments—and how to buy, store, clean, and cook with them. The 400 recipes run the full gamut from classics like risotto alla milanese and Tagliatelle with Mushroom Sauce to Lidia’s always-satisfying originals like Bread and Prune Gnocchi and Beet Ravioli in Poppy Seed Sauce. She gives us a comprehensive guide to the tools every kitchen should have to produce the best results. And she has even included a glossary of cuisine-related words and phrases that will prove indispensable for cooking, as well as for traveling and dining in Italy. There is no other book like this; it is the one book on Italian cuisine that every cook will need.

    Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

    By Giada De Laurentiis

    De Laurentiis, Giada/ Pearson, Victoria (PHT)/ Batali, Mario (FRW)
    Released: 2005-02-22
    Hardcover (256 pages)

    Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes
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    In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is.

    Everyday Italian is true to its title: the fresh, simple recipes are incredibly quick and accessible, and also utterly mouth-watering—perfect for everyday cooking. And the book is focused on the real-life considerations of what you actually have in your refrigerator and pantry (no mail-order ingredients here) and what you’re in the mood for—whether a simply sauced pasta or a hearty family-friendly roast, these great recipes cover every contingency. So, for example, you’ll find dishes that you can make solely from pantry ingredients, or those that transform lowly leftovers into exquisite entrées (including brilliant ideas for leftover pasta), and those that satisfy your yearning to have something sweet baking in the oven. There are 7 ways to make red sauce more interesting, 6 different preparations of the classic cutlet, 5 perfect pestos, 4 creative uses for prosciutto, 3 variations on basic polenta, 2 great steaks, and 1 sublime chocolate tiramisù—plus 100 other recipes that turn everyday ingredients into speedy but special dinners.

    What’s more, Everyday Italian is organized according to what type of food you want tonight—whether a soul-warming stew for Sunday supper, a quick sauté for a weeknight, or a baked pasta for potluck. These categories will help you figure out what to cook in an instant, with such choices as fresh-from-the-pantry appetizers, sauceless pastas, everyday roasts, and stuffed vegetables—whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find a simple, delicious recipe for it here. That’s the beauty of Italian home cooking, and that’s what Giada De Laurentiis offers here—the essential recipes to make a great Italian dinner. Tonight.

    Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen

    By Gabriele Corcos

    Random House
    Released: 2014-05-06
    Hardcover (272 pages)

    Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen
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    DEBI MAZAR and GABRIELE CORCOS are ambassadors of contemporary Tuscan cooking. In Extra Virgin, food, family, and style come together in a celebration of the pleasures of the rustic Italian table with 120 recipes for simple yet exquisite meals that are accessible, full of fresh flavor, and easy to prepare. Gabriele is a traditional Italian with a big heart, and Debi is an outgoing, brash New York City girl. Their sassy and playful exchanges illuminate what’s important in everyday life: good food and a lot of love.

    Ranging from traditional antipasti and soups to their spin on entrees, pizzas, and desserts, recipes include Pecorino and Honey Dip, a sweet and salty way to start a meal; tangy, luscious Grilled Apricots with Goat Cheese Ricotta, inspired by wild Tuscan apricot trees; and Sausage and Beans, which offers hints of fennel in a Tuscan red sauce. Here, too, are Braised Artichokes softened in guanciale-infused oil, Breakfast Pizza, and Coffee Granita just as Italians make it.

    So flag these recipes, get sauce on them, let splashes of olive oil mark the pages—and invite Debi and Gabriele’s charisma and passion for cooking to spill into your kitchen.

    Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

    By Rossella Rago

    Race Point Publishing
    Hardcover (248 pages)

    Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers
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    Now you can cook classic Italian meals with the long-awaited debut cookbook from the popular web TV series Cooking with Nonna!

    For Rossella Rago, creator and host of Cooking with Nonna TV, Italian cooking was never just about the amazing food or Sunday dinner. It was also about family, community, and tradition. Rossella grew up cooking with her Nonna Romana every Sunday and on holidays, learning the traditional recipes of the Italian region of Puglia, like focaccia, braciole, zucchine alla poverella, and pizza rustica. And in her popular web TV series, Rossella invites Italian-American grandmothers (the unsung heroes of the culinary world) to cook with her, learning the classic dishes and flavors of each region of Italy and sharing them with eager fans all over the world.

    Now you can take a culinary journey through Italy with Rossella and her debut cookbook, Cooking with Nonna, featuring over 100 classic Italian recipes, along with advice and stories from 25 beloved Italian grandmothers. Learn to make fresh homemade pasta, handcrafted Spaghetti with Meatballs, and decadent Four-Cheese Lasagna that will have everyone coming back for seconds! With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and mouthwatering photos, Cooking with Nonna covers appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, meats, breads, cookies, and desserts, and features favorites such as Sicilian Rice Balls, Fried Calamari, Stuffed Artichokes, Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Veal Stew in a Polenta Bowl, Struffoli, Ricotta Cookies, and more! So if you are ready to bring back Sunday dinner and learn how to make Italian food just like nonna, then look no further!

    The Italian Slow Cooker

    By Michele Scicolone

    Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Released: 2010-01-07
    Paperback (240 pages)

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    • meats
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    Finally a book that combines the fresh, exuberant flavors of great Italian food with the ease and comfort of a slow cooker. Michele Scicolone, a best-selling author and an authority on Italian cooking, shows how good ingredients and simple techniques can lift the usual "crockpot" fare into the dimension of fine food. Pasta with Meat and Mushroom Ragu, Osso Buco with Red Wine, Chicken with Peppers and Mushrooms: These are dishes that even the most discriminating cook can proudly serve to company, yet all are so carefree that anyone with just five or ten minutes of prep time can make them on a weekday and return to perfection.

    Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master

    By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

    Knopf
    Released: 2013-10-15
    Hardcover (304 pages)

    Lidia s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master
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    In her beautifully illustrated new cookbook, Lidia Bastianich lays out a comprehensive curriculum of wise cooking tips--from the cutting board to the kitchen table. Channeling the instructive elements from her TV show, she teaches us that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal. As storyteller and chef, she draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate. Recalling lessons learned from her mother, Erminia, and her grandmother Nonna Rosa, Lidia pays homage to the kitchen sages who inspired her.
    Whether it's Citrus Roasted Veal, or Rustic Ricotta Tart, each recipe is a tangible feast. We learn to look at ingredients as both geographic and cultural indicators. In Campania, the region where mozzarella is king, we discover it best eaten three hours after preparation. In Genova we are taught that while focaccia had its basil origins in the Ligurain culinary tradition, the herbs and flavorings will change from region to region; as home chefs, we can experiment with rosemary or oregano or olives or onions! When it's time for dessert, Lidia draws on the scared customs of nuns in Italian monasteries and convents and reveals the secret to rice pudding with a blessing.
    Lidia's Commonsense Guide to Italian Cooking is a collection of 150 delectable recipes, told with commonsense cooking wisdom, that teaches us how create simple, seasonal Italian dishes with grace, confidence and love.

    La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

    By The Italian Academy of Cuisine

    Brand: Rizzoli
    Released: 2009-10-20
    Hardcover (928 pages)

    La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
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    Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

    La Cucina Italiana Encyclopedia of Italian Cooking

    Brand: Rizzoli
    Released: 2012-11-13
    Hardcover (470 pages)

    La Cucina Italiana Encyclopedia of Italian Cooking
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    All the essential techniques, profusely illustrated with step-by-step photographs. How do you recognize a San Marzano tomato? How do you shape tortellini? How do you cut scallopine? Everyone loves Italian food, but the ingredients and techniques can be new territory and plain recipes can take you only so far. To make sense of it all, you need La Cucina Italiana. With more than 3,000 step-by-step photographs, this veritable encyclopedia guides you through all the essential building blocks of this cuisine. The images remove the guesswork from the more than 500 recipes included, allowing you to truly master the art of Italian cooking. Reflecting the philosophy of the cuisine itself, La Cucina Italiana puts ingredients first, explaining the different types and the best use of each. Then it supplies you with multiple methods for preparing those ingredients, ranging from simple to complex. Thus the book is suitable both for beginners and more advanced chefs who want to perfect their techniques. Sprinkled throughout are sidebars such as "The Right Tool," "Chef’s Secrets," and "Advice and Tips." Perhaps the most user-friendly publication ever on Italian cooking, La Cucina Italiana is like a compact cooking school you can keep on your shelf.

    Lidia's Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees

    By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

    Knopf
    Released: 2012-10-16
    Hardcover (240 pages)

    Lidia s Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees
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    Lidia Bastianich—one of the most beloved chefs and authors in America—presents her most accessible and affordable cookbook to date, a gathering of the recipes that have become her go-to meals for her very own family. But these are not only Lidia’s personal favorites; this book is a love letter to her fans. Here, she is giving us the recipes for dishes that you have raved and written about over and over—the best, the most comforting, and the most delicious dishes in her repertoire.

         In Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, you’ll find a fresh take on more than 100 of Lidia’s signature and irresistibly reliable dishes, including:

    ·         Fried Mozzarella Skewers—Spiedini alla Romana
    ·         Escarole and White Bean Soup—Zuppa di Scarola e Cannellini
    ·         Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage—Ziti con Broccoli Rabe e Salsicce
    ·         Baked Stuffed Shells—Conchiglie Ripiene al Forno
    ·         Eggplant Parmigiana—Melanzane alla Parmigiana
    ·         Savory Seafood Stew—Zuppa di Pesce  
    ·         Chicken Cacciatore—Pollo alla Cacciatore        
    ·         Veal Ossobuco with Barley Risotto—Ossobuco di Vitello con Risotto d’Orzo
    ·         Cannoli Napoleon—Cannolo a Strati      
    ·         Limoncello Tiramisù—Tiramisù al Limoncello

    From the classic sauces to the delicious desserts, these recipes have been revised and updated to be more concise and clear, but just as soul-satisfying as ever. With new information about the affordability, seasonality, and nutritional value of the ingredients, this book shows there is no question why these dishes are the easiest and most enjoyable to bring to the family table for your most memorable moments. Beautifully illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes will give both new cooks and longtime fans something extraordinary to celebrate. 


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