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Ciao Italia Family Classics: More than 200 Treasured Recipes from Three Generations of Italian Cooks Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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“This collection epitomizes the tradition and love that goes into all of Mary Ann Esposito's cooking. Like her award-winning TV series, this book will live on for years with all of those who cook her delicious recipes. My kids love everything Mary Ann cooks!” ―Mario Batali
“A primer for authentic Italian cooking from the host of the long-running PBS show Ciao Italia. Esposito (Caio Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites, 2009, etc.) returns with Italian recipes both familiar and unfamiliar; her section on sauces not only includes recipes for pesto and tomato sauce, but also Salmoriglio, a Sicilian sauce made with lemon and olive oil. The author provides a helpful resource for cooks wishing to deepen their knowledge of the principles behind Italian cooking, while simultaneously broadening their repertoire of Italian dishes. Esposito begins with an introduction to "Italian Pantry Basics," a helpful encyclopedia of the ingredients that appear most often. Organized according to different main ingredients and rife with anecdotes, history and additional information about techniques, the book emphasizes local, seasonal and organic produce and meat. Even so, most ingredients can be easily found in any chain grocery store. Recipes range in difficulty but are clear and easy to follow. Readers who wish to use store-bought pasta are accommodated, as are those who want to try their hand at homemade Spinach Pasta. Most recipes are well within the range of a moderately experienced cook. Uncooked Cherry Tomato Sauce could easily be put together by a child, and Creamy Cauliflower Baked in a Mold, though requiring more skill, would undoubtedly make an impression at a dinner party.
Complete, authoritative and accessible guide to Italian ingredients, cooking and cuisine.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
MARY ANN ESPOSITO is the host of the long-running PBS series Ciao Italia. She is the author of eleven successful cookbooks, including Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites, Ciao Italia Pronto!, and Ciao Italia Slow and Easy. She lives in Durham, New Hampshire, with her husband, Guy.
More About the Author
Mary Ann has written 12 cookbooks. Learn more about her at www.ciaoitalia.com and sample the more than 1000 recipes and videos on her site.Visit her on Facebook.com/maryannesposito
Top Customer Reviews
My first impression of this cookbook was one of familiarity, because it is has over two dozen recipes that our family already enjoys eating at home or in favorite Italian restaurants. Now that we have the recipes we can make these at home. The other 150 recipes are new to me and I can't wait to go through the book and try some. Esposito explains that some recipes are from her grandmothers, some are newer recipes served at gourmet restaurants in Italy and some are her own creations using classic Italian ingredients.
I want to stress the word classic that's in the title. There is a whole chapter on pastas and another on sauces, a chapter on bread and pizza, and I'm thrilled to have a chapter on risotto. In the Introduction she mentions family dinners served in courses and eaten leisurely over multiple hours' time. The recipes in the book are meant for this purpose, so it starts with antipasti and then goes through the courses: soup, bread/pizza, pasta and sauces, rice, fish, meat, vegetables, salads then desserts.Read more ›
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As I flipped the pages, I began to mark the recipes of the pictures that looked delicious. My family was anxiously waiting for the first attempt.
I have put together a video with pictures of the 12 recipes that I tried. In the video I only show the meal and page so here are the notes to each one of them. They appear in the order cooked.
- Spinach Pasta: Very easy to make. Very pretty color and delicious. The picture shows different shapes of pasta. I hope it is clear on how much it yields. I set the book just behind it to have a perspective on size.
- Cheese cylinders: Probably my favorite antipasti ever! They were absolutely delicious. The flavor of the marinated beans combines so perfectly with the cheese. I have to say that the amount is a bit too big for one. Teen daughter and I shared one. Another side note is that the recipe is not written correctly. It states that you need 2 ½ cups of cheese, then use ½ cup to make the first cheese cylinder. After that it says: "make 5 more". The total should make 6 cylinders, uh? I know it's not a big deal but you need to be sure you have the right amount of cheese. I was afraid to burn the cheese so I took it off the skillet a bit too soon. I'll brown it a bit more next time.
- WW Spaghetti with tuna: Nice and filling. The recipe calls for 4 oz of pasta per person. That's too much for us. Most of us in our family can only eat 2 oz and even my husband only eats 3 oz if the pasta is our main dish. The flavor is very good though.Read more ›
In particular the Red Pepper boats, Spinach Pizza Rolls and Lasagne Verde Bologna Style stood out as recipes I would enjoy making.
The only problem I had with this cookbooks, was that I didn't care for the format. I didn't like the ingredients being in the margins, as I felt this was difficult to use and read and made the ingredients look like captions. I also felt that for such a large book there could've been more pictures.
This is a nice cookbook, that I will enjoy exploring again and again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a gift, my sister loves it. She loves the stories with the recipes.Published 19 hours ago by Lea
Mary Ann has such a fine understanding of Italian food. She challenges a good cook to be bolder, do more and explore. Read morePublished 8 months ago by j ambrosino
The book is lovely. But does not seem to have all the recipes which I did not compare on her site, I might some day but I'm too busy just now. She has a good show.Published 10 months ago by Emma L.Martin