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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)
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.
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Mary Ann has such a fine understanding of Italian food. She challenges a good cook to be bolder, do more and explore. Read morePublished 1 month 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 2 months ago by Emma L.Martin
There are some really great recipes in there that I have not seen in years. My Nonni and Zia had some delicious recipes that I miss dearly and there are a couple I seen in here... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Ware
The cookbook was everything I had hoped for and more! Excellent packing & speedy shipping.Published 6 months ago by Terri Taglieber