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Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen
Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 037541150x
Lidia Bastianich, loved by millions of Americans for her simple, delectable Italian cooking, gives us her most instructive and personal cookbook yet.

Focusing on the Italian-American kitchen--the cooking she encountered when she first came to America as a young adolescent--Lidia pays homage to this "cuisine of adaptation born of necessity." But she transforms it subtly with her light, discriminating touch, using the authentic ingredients, not accessible to the early immigrants, which are all so readily available today. The aromatic flavors of fine Italian olive oil, imported Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola dolce latte, fresh basil, oregano, and rosemary, sun-sweetened San Marzano tomatoes, prosciutto, and pancetta permeate the dishes she makes in her Italian-American kitchen today. And they will transform for you this time-honored cuisine, as you cook with Lidia, learning from her the many secret, sensuous touches that make her food superlative.

You'll find recipes for Scampi alla Buonavia (the garlicky shrimp that became so popular when Lidia served the dish at her first restaurant, Buonavia), Clams Casino (with roasted peppers and good American bacon), Caesar Salad (shaved Parmigiano makes the difference), baked cannelloni (with roasted pork and mortadella), and lasagna (blanketed in her special Italian-American Meat Sauce).

But just as Lidia introduced new Italian regional dishes to her appreciative clientele in Queens in the seventies, so she dazzles us now with pasta dishes such as Bucatini with Chanterelles, Spring Peas, and Prosciutto, and Long Fusilli with Mussels, Saffron, and Zucchini. And she is a master at teaching us how to make our own ravioli, featherlight gnocchi, and genuine Neapolitan pizza.

Laced with stories about her experiences in America and her discoveries as a cook, this enchanting book is both a pleasure to read and a joy to cook from.
Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food
Delizia!
The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food
Hardcover      ISBN: 0743277996

In this revelatory history of gourmet Italy from antiquity to today, the author of Cosa Nostra examines the centuries of religious, political, and sociological events that effectively thrust Italian food into today's global limelight.

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 039458404x
The most important, consulted, and enjoyed Italian cookbook of all time, from the woman who introduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food.

Essentials of Italian Cooking is a culinary bible for anyone looking to master the art of Italian cooking, bringing together Marcella Hazan's most beloved books, The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking, in a single volume, updated and expanded with new entries and 50 new recipes. Designed as a basic manual for cooks of all levels of expertise--from beginners to accomplished professionals--it offers both an accessible and comprehensive guide to techniques and ingredients and a collection of the most delicious recipes from the Italian repertoire. As home cooks who have used Marcella's classic books for years (and whose copies are now splattered and worn) know, there is no one more gifted at teaching us just what we need to know about the taste and texture of a dish and how to achieve it, and there is no one more passionate and inspiring about authentic Italian food.

Italy Dish by Dish: A Comprehensive Guide to Eating in Italy
Italy Dish by Dish
A Comprehensive Guide to Eating in Italy
Paperback      ISBN: 1892145901
Italy Dish by Dish describes more than 3,000 dishes you'll find throughout every region of Italy. Even if you speak fluent Italian, regional terms for food and dishes can be confusing. No longer--with this translator you'll know exactly what's on the menu, how it's cooked, what ingredients it contains, and how it fits into la cucina italiana. Lovers of good food and Italian culture will find this guide an irresistible and indispensable stew of culinary information, definitions, and local lore. And any cook will soon realize that the detailed descriptions of hundreds of dishes also serve as mini recipes that can easily be followed to create hundreds of authentic meals at home.
Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant: A Cookbook
Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant
A Cookbook
Hardcover      ISBN: 1524733083

Beloved chef and best-selling author Lidia Bastianich shares, for the first time, the timeless recipes that have made her flagship restaurant, Felidia, a New York City dining legend for almost four decades.

Ever since it opened its doors on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1981, Felidia has been revered as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. In these pages, Lidia and longtime Executive Chef Fortunato Nicotra share 115 of the recipes that capture the spirit of the Felidia menu past and present. From pastas and primi to appetizers and meats, and from breads and spreads to sides and soups, these are some of Lidia's absolute favorite dishes, lovingly adapted for home cooks to re-create in their own kitchens.

Here are recipes for old-school classics such as Pasta Primavera and Linguine with White Clam Sauce and Broccoli. Contemporary favorites include Pear and Pecorino Ravioli, Chicken Pizzaiola, Short Ribs Braised in Barolo, and Eggplant Flan with Tomato Coulis. Exquisite dessert recipes include Warm Nutella Flan, Open Cannolo and Limoncello Tiramis , while Passion Fruit Spritz and Frozen Peach Bellini come from the restaurant's lively bar. Felidia is a beautifully illustrated, full-color cookbook that takes readers behind the scenes of the restaurant's storied history and is filled with the same warmth and hospitality that are the hallmark of all of Lidia's cookbooks. It's the next-best thing to enjoying an evening out at this award-winning eatery
Carne: Meat Recipes from the Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome
Carne
Meat Recipes from the Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome
Hardcover      ISBN: 1936941120
Carne is the fifth in the series of cookbooks documenting the renowned farm-to-table meals served by the Rome Sustainable Food Project, founded by Alice Waters, at the American Academy in Rome. Following volumes on biscotti, vegetables, pastas, and soups, this cookbook focuses on Executive Chef Christopher Behr's favorite subject, meat: beef, lamb, pork, rabbit, and poultry.

Chef Behr also offers more than a dozen recipes for side dishes, or contorni, that he serves alongside meat entr es: salads (including Radicchio Salad with Green Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette with Walnuts and Grilled Cucumber Salad with Yogurt), bean dishes, Sweet and Sour Squash, Pickled Green Tomatoes with Garlic, Hot Pepper and Mint (a dish that sold out within hours when he offered it at BKLYN Larder), and his legendary roasted potatoes that are crisp and golden on the outside with the
creamy consistency of mashed potatoes on the inside.

The Italian food of the Jersey shore is near and dear to Chef Behr's heart, and when he's homesick he cooks those iconic dishes, from meat loaf to short ribs, although his versions reflect his experiences in California, New York, and Rome--they're lighter than the classic version but nonetheless deliver all their robust satisfaction.
Pasta: Recipes from the Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome, Rome Sustainable Food Project
Pasta
Recipes from the Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome, Rome Sustainable Food Project
Hardcover      ISBN: 1936941023

Even if you haven't landed one of the coveted internships in the kitchen at the American Academy in Rome, you can have a behind-the-scenes tutorial in the way that pastas and sauces are made in its kitchen. The recipes in Pasta are arranged in the same order as the interns are taught to make them, from simple to more complex, and are organized the way Italians think about pasta, not only as fresh or dry but by the base of the sauces (oil, tomato, meat, and vegetable).

Even the most sophisticated cooks will be intrigued by chef Christopher Boswell's engaging notes that explain what makes the flavors work together, why and how the sauces work with the pastas, and what makes a dish not only great but unforgettable.

He includes simple techniques, small refinements, and easy variations. Among the more than ninety recipes you'll find 'nduja, a soft, spicy sausage spread from Calabria; a sauce that unexpectedly pairs basil and asparagus; delicate and refreshing summer pastas; and hearty and earthy vegetarian dishes. You'll find the go-to dish of southern Italian families, made when no one can agree on what they want to eat; a recipe traditionally made by shepherds that uses three ingredients readily found in most modern kitchens; inventive sauces that are riffs on the classics; and iconic sauces whose success depends on something as simple as when to grind the pepper.

The influence of Chez Panisse is everywhere in Pasta (Chef Boswell is an alum and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy was founded by Alice Waters). Sauces--and even meatballs--are often lighter than their Italian counterparts. Flavors are bright. Ingredients shine. Each dish tells a unique story.
Cucina Rustica
Cucina Rustica
Hardcover      ISBN: 0688077641

Cucina Rustica,"the rustic 'kitchen,"is Italian food at its simplest and freshest. With more than 250 recipes that use readily available ingredients in deliciously creative combinations, La Place and Kleiman offer a style of cooking and eating that's inviting, easy, and elegant.

Gastronomy of Italy
Gastronomy of Italy
Hardcover      ISBN: 1862059586

Gastronomy of Italy - the seminal work on Italian food, first published in the 1990s - is revised and updated and illustrated with new photography.This classic book leaves no stone unturned in its exploration of Italian gastronomy. Anna Del Conte, the doyenne of Italian cooking, defines the country's regions, ingredients, dishes and techniques for a new generation in her comprehensive explanation of its culinary terms. This simple A-Z format covers all elements of Italian gastronomy from abbacchio to zuppe inglese.There are over 200 recipes, including the great dishes from every major region of Italy. Variations on the classics - pasta, polenta, gnocchi, risotto and pizzas - sit alongside Anna's recipes for versions of Italian favourites, such as peperonata, lamb fricass e, ossobuco and less well-known regional specialities.Specially commissioned photographs of the dishes, ingredients and techniques along with maps of the regions, makes this a truly unique and invaluable book.

Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most: A Cookbook
Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most
A Cookbook
Hardcover      ISBN: 1400040361
Featuring 140 mouthwatering new recipes, a gastronomic journey of the Italian regions that have inspired and informed Lidia Bastianich's legendary cooking.

For the home cook and the armchair traveler alike, Lidia's Italy offers a short introduction to ten regions of Italy--from Piemonte to Puglia--with commentary on nearby cultural treasures by Lidia's daughter Tanya, an art historian.

- In Istria, now part of Croatia, where Lidia grew up, she forages again for wild asparagus, using it in a delicious soup and a frittata; Sauerkraut with Pork and Roast Goose with Mlinzi reflect the region's Middle European influences; and buzara, an old mariner's stew, draws on fish from the nearby sea.

- From Trieste, Lidia gives seafood from the Adriatic, Viennese-style breaded veal cutlets and Beef Goulash, and Sacher Torte and Apple Strudel.

- From Friuli, where cows graze on the rich tableland, comes Montasio cheese to make fricos; the corn fields yield polenta for Velvety Cornmeal-Spinach Soup.

- In Padova and Treviso rice reigns supreme, and Lidia discovers hearty soups and risottos that highlight local flavors.

- In Piemonte, the robust Barolo wine distinguishes a fork-tender stufato of beef; local white truffles with scrambled eggs is "heaven on a plate"; and a bagna cauda serves as a dip for local vegetables, including prized cardoons.

- In Maremma, where hunting and foraging are a way of life, earthy foods are mainstays, such as slow-cooked rabbit sauce for pasta or gnocchi and boar tenderloin with prune-apple Sauce, with Galloping Figs for dessert.

- In Rome Lidia revels in the fresh artichokes and fennel she finds in the Campo dei Fiori and brings back nine different ways of preparing them.

- In Naples she gathers unusual seafood recipes and a special way of making limoncello-soaked cakes.

- From Sicily's Palermo she brings back panelle, the delicious fried chickpea snack; a caponata of stewed summer vegetables; and the elegant Cannoli Napoleon.

- In Puglia, at Italy's heel, where durum wheat grows at its best, she makes some of the region's glorious pasta dishes and re-creates a splendid focaccia from Altamura.

There's something for everyone in this rich and satisfying book that will open up new horizons even to the most seasoned lover of Italy.