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Cucina Rustica: Simple, Irresistible Recipes in the Rustic Italian Style Paperback – June 19, 2001
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About the Author
Evan Kleiman is the executive chef and owner of Los Angeles' enormously successful Angeli Caffe. She is the bestselling coauthor (with Viana La Place) of Pasta Fresca, Cucina Fresca, and Cucina Rustica. She has also authored two of her own cookbooks, Angeli Caffe Pizza Pasta Panini and Cucina del Mare, and is the host of GoodFood, a weekly radio show on Los Angeles National Public Radio Station.
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As proprietor and chef of Angeli Caffe for 28 years Evan's improvisational style, while rooted in the Cucina Povera of Italy shows her reliance on simple ingredients and economical ingenuity to produce delicious and satisfying food with a fresh, honest, pared down aesthetic that people intuitively understand and appreciate. People just get it. The heart stays focused on who is across the table. It's good eating, not haute cuisine dining. When Angeli opened in 1984 Evan was credited with reintroducing rustic Italian cooking to the U.S.
As a natural extension of her longtime exposure to everything to do with food, Evan's interest now extends to issues of food policy and agroecology. The founder of LA's Slow Food Chapter, which she ran for eight years, Evan now serves on the Stewardship Council for Roots of Change and is a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. She is an active speaker on issues of food culture and sustainability and just to maintain a balance, is also attempting to become the Queen of Pie.
Evan is the author of six books on Italian food and one video app, Easy As Pie.
Top Customer Reviews
The book contains a number of risotto dishes, several interesting bruschetta ideas (White Bean Puree with Garlicky Mustard Greens stands out), and a range of soups, notably Fennel and Tomato Soup and Cabbage and Rice Soup. Two great side dishes are Baked Endive and Braised Fennel.
As a vegertarian, I've found that many of the pasta and polenta dishes translate quite well. The authors are fond of ground sausage, sausage links, and especially pancetta. I've substituted, at the expense of authenticity but with minimal damage, vegetarian ground sausage, sausage links, and bacon. Polenta with Mushroom Saute and Polenta with Sausage and Tomato Sauce are hearty and delicious. Sausages Braised in Tomato and Orange Juice is unique and warming. Of the pasta dishes, Orechiette with Broccoli and Sausage, Orechiette with Sausage and Fennel, and Pasta with Onion Sauce are common in our house.
This book is chock full of wonderful receipes, that are easy to prepare, usually with what you have on hand. I just wish it had more pictures. My family loves everything I have fixed so far, and I appreciate the clear directions and simplicity of ingredients. The risottos are marvelous, as are the seafood dishes and soups. A must have for anyone who loves good Family Style Italian Country cooking......
Rural Italian food or rustic food, to give it its "selling name", has been an increasingly popular food style for many and this book provides quite a lot of rustic recipes for your delight, delectation and production at home.
After a fairly interesting introduction about the concepts behind cucina rustic (the simple kitchen) and a look at some sample menus, the reader is given a primer on the Italian kitchen and many detailed descriptions of typical ingredients that feature within rustic Italian recipes. Then it is onto the dishes themselves. First split into several sections - antipasti, insalate (salads), zuppe e minestre (soups), pasta, risotto, polenta, contorni (vegetables), pesce e frutti di mare (fish & shellfish), pollame e carne (poultry & meat) and dolci (desserts).
This book is high on information and very low on imagery overall, yet the quality of the given explanatory text and recipes cannot be understated. Each recipe features its Italian and English names, often an introduction to the dish or an explanation to it, then the ingredients are broken out into a table before the actual cooking instructions are given. The instructions are written in a simple-to-understand, jargon-free manner which is a great aid. The only thing missing is a constant bugbear to YUM and that is the lack of an estimated preparation and cooking time. It really does help the rushed and/or uncertain cook. Photographs are always nice as an inspirational aid and to give a little more confidence that your dish looks something like the "ideal finished thing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cook book is excellent. The recipes are not complicated and they're delicious. Great if you are interested in having a fantastic meal at home.Published 4 months ago by Amanda
I have too many cookbooks but I really love this series of books.Published 9 months ago by Linda H. Fleming
Nice book, brought for my wife as she loves cooking, hope to get some nice meals from it, yum yum.Published 22 months ago by Martin M. Rayner
This cookbook is the perfect blend of delicious recipes, beautiful photos, and an interesting angle. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by KMN
Although this is a pleasant enough book, nearly every single recipe that is not a meat dish calls for pancetta, proscuitto, or sausage. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Erin Caro