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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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Looking for a new Italian cook book, and I found it...although it's not "brand" new. it's new to my library. Already found several things to make...can't wait! Read morePublished 29 days ago by E. Brown
Such a delightful TV instructor nd now we can enjoy the recipes for ourselves at home. Thanks for getting it to us in such a timely way.Published 1 month ago by Judy Stevenson
this lady is such a gret personality! Her recipes are simple and common sensePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent!!! Have tried several recipes, and all have been great except for one. Brings back memories of childhood! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Angela Shea
Mary Ann's passion for retaining this vital part of our Italian (and Sicilian) culture is incredible. Read morePublished 5 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 8 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 8 months ago by grant18