Lidia's Family Table features hundreds of fabulous new dishes that will appeal both to Lidia's loyal following, who have come to rely on her wonderfully detailed recipes, and to the more adventurous cook ready to experiment. - She welcomes us to the table with tasty bites from the sea (including home-cured tuna and mackerel), seasonal salads, and vegetable surprises (Egg-Battered Zucchini Roll-Ups, Sweet Onion Gratinate). - She reveals the secret of simple make-ahead soup bases, delicious on their own and easy to embellish for a scrumptious soup that can make a meal. - She opens up the wonderful world of pasta, playing with different shapes, mixing and matching, and creating sauces while the pasta boils; she teaches us to make fresh egg pastas, experimenting with healthful ingredients-whole wheat, chestnut, buckwheat, and barley. And she makes us understand the subtle arts of polenta- and risotto-making as never before. - She shares her love of vegetables, skillet-cooking some to intensify their flavor, layering some with yesterday's bread for a lasagna-like gratin, blanketing a scallop of meat with saut ed vegetables, and finishing seasonal greens with the perfect little sauce. - She introduces us to some lesser-known cuts of meats for main courses (shoulders, butts, and tongue) and underused, delicious fish (skate and monkfish), as well as to her family's favorite recipes for chicken and a beautiful balsamic-glazed roast turkey. - And she explores with us the many ways fruits and crusts (pie, strudel, cake, and toasted bread) marry and produce delectable homey desserts to end the meal. Lidia's warm presence is felt on every page of this book, explaining the whys and wherefores of what she is doing, and the brilliant photographs take us right into her home, showing her rolling out pasta with her grandchildren, bringing in the summer harvest, and sitting around the food-laden family table. As she makes every meal a celebration, she invites us to do the same, giving us confidence and joy in the act of cooking.
Luxurious Dinners that are Deceptively Easy to Pull TogetherNikki Marie, blogger behind Chasing the Seasons, transforms everyone's go-to pantry staple by using heirloom Italian methods to create complex flavors at home. Creative combinations like French Onion Penne, Red Wine Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Spinach and Avocado Linguine are ready faster than your go-to spaghetti and meatballs. It's easy to delight your weekend guests with Fresh Pumpkin Pappardelle with Browned Rosemary Butter or Fresh Chestnut Pasta with Sausage. Pasta is the perfect base for everything the seasons have to offer; use flavorful produce, tender meats and fresh seafood to make every pasta into a complete meal. Discover how versatile pasta can be, with options for light lunches, inspiration for leftovers and more. Sophisticated enough to impress at a dinner party and easy enough to throw together for a quick, satisfying family dinner, these dishes make pasta night more delicious than ever.
Much more than a collection of remarkable soups, Mona Talbott's Zuppe is also a wise and gentle tutorial on the "the beauty and delicious rewards of frugality" and how the humblest foods can be the most profoundly satisfying. In addition to 50 recipes, Talbott shares approaches and techniques that can change the way a cook thinks about economy, improvisation, and using all the flavors and nutrients inherent in each ingredient.A Chez Panisse graduate, Talbott was chosen by Alice Waters to be Executive Chef of the innovative Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome. There, while cooking for the Academy's creative community of scholars, historians, artists, archaeologists, and architects, Talbott perfected a repertoire of dishes made from local, seasonal, organic ingredients. Central to the menu are soups. Inspired by the traditions of cucina povera, the so-called "cuisine of the poor" that has been the source of so many brilliant Italian dishes, Talbott's recipes waste nothing, employ the concept of arrangiarsi ("making do"), and skillfully transform leftovers. And, in another nod to the wisdom and economy of traditional kitchens, she also points out which soups can easily be made into one-dish meals with the addition of a single ingredient such as a poached egg, a piece of grilled toast, or even clams. Organized seasonally, Zuppe also serves as a practical guide to using the bounty of farmers markets throughout the year.
Just when we thought we knew everything there was to know about Tuscany, along comes Beth Elon cookbook writer and 30 year resident of a small village at the foot of the Appenines who takes us along the back roads and through the ancient hill towns to remote restaurants that are for the most part overlooked by tourists and known only to the locals. At each restaurant the cooks share their highly personal recipes for regional dishes made with local ingredients.
With this guide in hand, you ll not only know where to dine, but what to order when you get there. Each regional section begins with illuminating and absorbing explanations of what makes Tuscan cooking so unique: location, location, location. You ll read about a bean so beloved by a village that it s been elevated to cult status but that is totally unheard of a few kilometers down the road; the specialty of the Zeri Valley, a milk-fed aboriginal baby lamb, that is almost unknown elsewhere in Italy; the endless array of vegetable tarts found only in Lunigiana and Garfagnana.
Elon has organized ten itineraries that also include stops at gourmet shops, food festivals, greenmarkets, and private kitchens. Along the way, she points out significant architecture, historic sites, churches, art, museums, and points of interest in the memorable landscape. The indispensable travel information in this guide is enriched by the author s deep personal knowledge of the history and legend of the region and her delightful voice and beautiful writing."
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
Naturally Vegetarian is an extension of Hortus Cusine, and will be filled with more of Solfrini's arrestingly beautiful photography of rural Italian scenery, authentic tales of Italian farm life and customs through the ages, and more of the delicious vegetarian recipes her fans have come to know and love. Naturally Vegetarian will offer readers a glimpse of a year on an Italian farm and the recipes that come with the changing of the seasons. She also shares how to stock a whole foods Italian pantry, introducing them to new ingredients like chestnut flour, farro, and tomato passata, and the fundamental recipes and techniques for preparing and cooking fresh pasta. Filled with exquisite recipes like Creamy Sunchoke Soup with Golden Onions, Chickpea Crespelle with Spring Vegetable Ragu, Piadina Romagnola with Grilled Vegetables and Tomato Pesto, Pistachio and White Chocolate Tiramisu, and so many more, Naturally Vegetarian is a celebration of Italy's colors, smells, and flavors and will show readers a new side to the traditional Italian kitchen.