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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."
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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this lady is such a gret personality! Her recipes are simple and common sensePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent!!! Have tried several recipes, and all have been great except for one. Brings back memories of childhood! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Angela Shea
Mary Ann's passion for retaining this vital part of our Italian (and Sicilian) culture is incredible. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joanne Kehrli
She is such a great Italian cook, love watching her show. These are new recipes with great photos and directions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Scott C. Hough
Maryann Esposito is not only a good cook with interesting recipes but, having seen her TV program on public television for many years, I have said many times that she is fun too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by grant18
very easy to follow, simple and available products to use, great recipes, now if i had a group to cook for!!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good recipes to try out. If you like her style of cooking you will like this cookbook. A variety of types of recipes to try, I am looking forward to trying more of them.Published 9 months ago by D. Munroe
i love mary ann's show, but you will be disappointed if you are looking for the specific recipes that she shows on tv, because they are not here. Read morePublished 9 months ago by midwestamazonuser
My husband is Italian and very picky about his recipe books. I bought this book for his birthday and he LOVES it! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dyneen V Polluconi