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Food and Memories of Abruzzo: Italy's Pastoral Land Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (March 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764538268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764538261
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"A culinary gem for everyone who wants to bring the true flavor of Italy into their home."
–Paula Wolfert

The distinctive cuisine of Abruzzo, passed down through generations, is unveiled in this landmark cookbook. Nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine Mountains, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s most striking regions, where the tastes of the earth and sea create a cuisine of vibrant flavors.

Author and teacher Anna Teresa Callen grew up in Abruzzo and understands its regional specialties. Here is simple cooking at its best, with flavors kept fresh and clean. The robust tastes will linger, continuing to lure you into the kitchen to bring the joy and abundance of Italy’s pastoral land to your own table.

The book features more than 350 recipes such as Cardoon Soup from Anna Teresa’s grandmother, the savory pie Fiadone Villese traditionally served at Easter, and the dessert La Cicerchiata from Italy’s Jewish heritage. Callen’s experience as a cooking teacher means the recipes are expertly written to ensure the best results every time.

Framing the tempting recipes are the author’s recollections of her bucolic girlhood–fishing with her father in the Adriatic, hunting for mushrooms in the forests, and rolling out pasta by hand with her mother–immersing you in the patterns of daily life in Abruzzo.

About the Author

The late ANNA TERESA CALLEN was an accomplished food writer, teacher, food consultant, and culinary personality. She contributed to Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, and divided her time between New York City and her native Abruzzo.

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Easy to follow recipes.
John S. Bailey
The recipes are very much the same as I remember them from my Mother's and Grandmother's cooking.
MFDR
If you're into authentic Italian food as I am, this is a must in anyones collection.
Brett Leonard

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brett Leonard on July 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was really excited to finally see somebody focus a cookbook solely towards the wonderful cuisine of the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is a region of Italy shrouded in mystery and mystique and one of the least tourized regions in Italy. The cuisine is peasant in nature and very simple to prepare. This book is well written and the recipes are very user friendly. I do have two minor complaints though. Other than a few family photos, there aren't any pictures. I would've thought with a region as captivating as Abruzzo that the author would've included at least a few pictures. Even without pictures, it's still an amazing book. My only other complaint would be that there are a few recipes that don't belong, including recipes for Neapolitan pizza, hamburgers, an Americanized version of fried calamari, and a Bolognese sauce. Even with the two complaints I still rate it 5 stars. If you're into authentic Italian food as I am, this is a must in anyones collection. It's a one of a kind book. Congratulations to Mrs. Callen on a superb publication.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MFDR on December 4, 2009
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This book is well written and deserves high praises for its aunthenticity. The recipes are very much the same as I remember them from my Mother's and Grandmother's cooking. Many of the recipes are almost exact duplicates. I come from a family that emigrated from Abruzzo. We were all born there and practiced many of the same recipes. One must keep in mind when reading the recipes that each small town in the region had its own cuisine and food traditions. The auther has done a fine job depicting many of these differences within the region. I was so much impressed with the contents of this cookbook that I decided to purchase additional (4) copies for my children and family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K Swack on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
My family is from the Abruzzo region and I just recently visited. I love that each recipe has a story related to it. Many recipes are similar to what my grandma had made. I first bought one for a gift, and read it before I gave it to my mom. So I had to buy one for myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tina-Marie on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my husband, who is the son of an Abruzzi native. He loves the book (and to cook), but I've found it absolutely captivating and can't put it down! I've made several of the recipes in it, that are very simple and fairly easy to prepare, and loved all of them. Though even throughout the region, each individual village may have their own spin or variation of these recipes, they are turning out to be quite authentic. I have several friends from the south-western region of Abruzzo. I have made them many of the dishes in this book (a brave feat indeed - cooking Italian food for Italians), and they asked where I learned how to cook like this, that it is just like the dishes they eat and prepare at home (Italy)! I've shared the book with one special friend who also cooks incessantly for her family. She travels back to Abruzzi twice annually and she found recipes in it that her mother used to make! She was so excited, she kept the book to write down a few recipes, but I'm going to buy her her own copy. Thank you Anna-Marie Callen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By editrrr on May 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Quite simply one of the best researched, best written, authentic cookbooks we own (and we're in the category of those who collect cookbooks until our shelves are groaning from the weight). How good is this book? My father, who's mother was born in Abbruzzo, lit up when I showed it to him. He immediately began looking up -- and finding -- recipes his mother had made in the early 1900s before she came to America. I promptly began photocopying them for him so he could try them at home, and he's been immensely satisfied. My Dad was born in 1934, in a true Italian neighborhood (back when immigrants actually cared about assimilating, striving for U.S. citizenship with pride and fortitude ... and good food, of course). He fondly recalls the marathon cooking and eating sessions that were a normal part of his home life. With this book, you can re-create that family-centered atmosphere, with aplomb and abbondanza!.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy A. Mannello on December 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Please don't count complaints about delivery time in reviews of books like this one. I think it is a terrific book. Shame on you, Delivery Person!
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