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Biba's Taste of Italy is a fascinating culinary tour of Caggiano's beloved region. In chapters on every course from antipasti to dolci, Caggiano introduces readers to the succulent dishes of the area and paints a vivid portrait of both the food and the people. Her salty-sweet Eggplant Parmigiano stars the region's own Parma ham and Bolognese sausage; Seafood Risotto recalls the irresistible bounty of the Adriatic sea that laps the shores of Romagna; and the trademark of Emilia-Romagna cooking--stuffed pasta--appears frequently in dishes like Squash Ravioli with Squab Ragu and Balsamic Vinegar and Cannelloni with Meat Stuffing
In the spirit of the region's small villages, Caggiano offers recipes for unassuming dishes like Roasted, Marinated, and Skewered Eel, in which the delicately sweet flavor of this unusual fish is expertly balanced with the simple yet robust flavors of extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, fresh sage, and pancetta. Roasted Stuffed Breast of Veal is a truly classic Emilian dish, and Caggiano's version--stuffed with a mixture of sautéed vegetables, Parmigiano, nutmeg, and eggs, then roasted golden brown with a crisp crust--is among the most delectable. Desserts run the gamut from the light, delicious Chestnut-Ricotta Fritters to the dense, sweet Honey-Walnut-Raisin Pie to a refreshing Strawberry Gelato.
The clear, easy-to-follow instructions accompanying each recipe make the book a joy to cook from and the beautiful page design makes it a pleasure to peruse. A brief chapter on the wines of the region and another on Where to Eat in Emilia-Romagna make the book complete. --Robin Donovan
I am really looking forward to eating some of the wonderful things that she will make from this cookbook.
If Ms. Biba's book were the only one available on the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna, I would welcome both books on my bookshelf.
What it offers is a collection that is varied enough in taste and ingredients to satisfy the most exacting home chef.
I got this as a Christmas gift for my best friend's mother. As a fine Italian cook herself, she was very excited to get it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Angel
Biba's Taste of Italy is not only one of the few cookbooks devoted entirely to the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna, but it is a thorough, well-written reference to this area's rich... Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by Kim
Our favorite restaurant locally is Biba's in Sacramento. I't named after its owner and head chef Biba Caggiano, who is still, after almost forty years, a formidable presence there. Read morePublished on October 18, 2009 by David Keymer
Yummy Yummy Yummy! Easy and fun recipies that are true Italy. I love Biba!Published on November 9, 2007 by E. Nathan
I watched her show on PBS and wanted to know more. The recipies were great with varying skill level. Some were spend the day in the kitchen and others were simpler. Read morePublished on February 5, 2007 by Jen
Last summer I took my two adult daughters to Biba's for a special mother/daughter dinner. We were treated graciously and had an unbelievable dining experience! Read morePublished on January 10, 2003 by "redbeebe"