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Ciao Italia Hardcover – October 23, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MorrowCB; 1 edition (October 23, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688103170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688103170
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The host of the PBS series Ciao Italia makes this companion volume reflect her dual roles as worldly-wise TV cooking teacher and grateful granddaughter of Italian immigrants. She concentrates equally on technique and history, in sections on preparation (stocking a pantry, making pasta) and on " trademark " foods (Parmigiano-Reggiano, Balsamic vinegar). Ever filial, she emphasizes straightforward family fare, like polenta con formaggio e verdure (polenta with cheese and vegetables) and minestra con panno sotto (literally, soup with bread under it). Even more complicated dishes--e.g., chicken and rabbit with juniper berries--could seemingly be prepared by a grandmother at an old wooden kitchen table to the strains of Enrico Caruso. Recipe instructions are complete but not wordy; recipe "stories," like that of picking up a piece of bread fallen to the floor and kissing it to ward off germs, add to the book's immigrant sensibility. A full and focused, if not dazzling work. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Deep roots and warm memories inform this companion volume to the PBS series of the same name, by the Italian-American cooking teacher who grew up draping homemade pasta over a broom handle hung between two kitchen chairs...and then spent time in Italy learning and teaching other regional specialties. Her bent is toward homey and unpretentious but serious cooking that can be as simple and familiar as fried cauliflower or grilled eggplant--but that also features, in the eggplant line, a more than usually complex molded timballo. Homemade soups (including one with strands of pasta dough poured in through the holes in a colander), homemade pastas (she makes hers with eggs and a five-to-one mix of all-purpose and semolina flour), and homemade breads, gnocchi, and polenta all bear the mark of Esposito's bred-in-the-bone expertise, which she translates here to useful tips for those who really want to cook the way Italians do for their families. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of public television's Ciao italia, a cooking show devoted to Italian food and culture. The show has been on the air for 25 years, the longest running cooking show ever. Ciao Italia is seen in all major markets across the U.S.

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

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This book was OK but just that - OK.
PtownGram-ME
I have seen many Ciao Italia shows with Mary Ann and her love of food and easy steps can make anyone an Italian cook.
anneeavon
It is a favorite shower gift and has the BEST tiramisu recipe I've ever found.
Mary B. Richeimer

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
These are my home town recipes! Reading this made me feel at home. True Italian flavor. These are real...real..hand-me-down recipes from the old country. Even if your not Italian you can't help but enjoy the tradition presented here. CAIO !
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By L. Saporito on October 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Don't pass up an opportunity to own this book! With love and warmth the author shares recipes that are simple and satisfying. I've cooked half of this book and the results have always been terrific...especially the Farfalle Picante.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had this book for years and then it was stolen. There are recipes in it I absolutely must have so I find myself buying a new one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Ciao Italia is filled with traditional Italian recipes and is not only
a wonderful book that is an associate book to the public television show
but the host of the show and the author of the book Mary Ann Esposito is
one of the most down-to-earth and personable people I have ever met
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. The recipes are easy to follow and they turn out just like you'd imagine them to taste. I also love the commentary on Italian ingredients and cooking techniques. This book is the perfect way to try Italian cooking
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. The recipes are easy to follow and they turn out just like you'd imagine them to taste. I also love the commentary on Italian ingredients and cooking techniques. This book is the perfect way to try Italian cooking
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Cutrone on December 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best Italian cook books I have seen. The recipes are easy to follow and their are a wide variety of recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anneeavon on October 21, 2010
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I have seen many Ciao Italia shows with Mary Ann and her love of food and easy steps can make anyone an Italian cook. All her books are well written and easy to follow, so enjoy!
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