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Discovering (Alla Scoperta Della) Basilicata: An Historical Collection of Italian Recipes from the Region Paperback – August 30, 1999


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Giacomo Enterprises Corp (August 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965803201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965803205
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Martino was born in Rochester, NY in 1955, the grandson of Southern Italian immigrants. He attended the State University of New York (BS 1976,MPA 1979)and the National Defense University (1983). James entered government service in 1979 as a National Presidential Management Intern. Over the past 20 years he has worked in the international affairs arena as an evaluator for a congresional watchdog agency and currently as an audit manager and inspector for the US State Department, in Washington, DC. In these official capacities he has visited about 60 countries, but it wasn't until 1996 that he took time off between official assignments and visited his grandparents' native Italy. He and his wife Diane have since visited Italy several times. They reside in Oakton, Virginia.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
"Discovering Basilicata" is much more than a cook book. This book is written from the heart and describes this yet-to-be discovered region of Italy, Basilicata, from someone who has been there and whose roots are from there. Fascinating vignettes of life in Basilicata are interspersed with historical and modern receipes from the region in English and Italian! Soups and Pastas, main courses of game and fish, side dishes and pizza, and deserts. It's all there written in a delightfully personal style. This book would make an excellent gift for anyone, whether they have been to Italy or fondly wish they could go. Basilicata still preserves the essence of old Italy. It lies waiting to be discovered. "Discovering Basilicata" opens the door to this discovery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1999
I thoroughly enjoyed this passionate tribute to the author's Italian heritage. The authentic recipes from Basilicata are magnificient. The author shares family photos and recollections of growing up Italian-American. A great gift for fellow Italian-Americans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
I thoroughly enjoyed this heartfelt tribute to the author's Italian immigrant grandmother. The recipes are delightful and unusual. A must-have for any gourmet kitchen.
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Lovely cookbook with interesting color regarding the Basilicata region. I too went to Basilicata to see my grandparent's village (calvello) and thoroughly enjoyed the area. My husband and I met an Italian on the plane who suggested that we take in Melfi as well Fortunately we arrived in Melfi for the feast of St. Anthony of Padua and thoroughly enjoyed the festivities, the town with its lovely architecture, but most of all, the food. The local restaurants offered garden to table simple dishes cooked to perfection. A dear friend whose family is also from Basilicata ordered this book for me and I am grateful. Will enjoy preparing some of Jim Martino's cucina Melfese during this snowy weekend.
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