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Using Callen's recipes, you can recreate Maccheroni alla Chitarra, the Abruzzese "square spaghetti" some Italian restaurants in the U.S. and elsewhere now serve, and robust Porchetta, sublimely succulent spit-roasted pork served with its crackling, mahogany skin, as well as the colorful fish stew Brodetto di Pesce, which her father used to make, and L'sagne, a flour-and-water pasta unique to Abruzzo. In a balancing act, Callen gives recipes for simple dishes perfect for today's cooks along with more complicated regional specialties and spectacular holiday dishes. Her guidance for making La Cicerchiata, an ancient dessert made for Mardi Gras by assembling honey-soaked "chick peas" of fried dough, whole almonds, and candied fruit into a colorful ring, is as clear as her directions for Mozzarella all'Erbette, a combination of sliced cheese dressed with a puree of fresh herbs and capers that can be put together in minutes.
Callen crams this book with basic culinary advice and a wealth of information about the Italian kitchen, demystifying the differences between salsa, sugo, and ragu, for example, and advising how to make smooth polenta using cold liquid. In all, this is an exceptional volume for cooks, Italophiles, and anyone who likes a good story. --Dana Jacobi
This is a fabulous cook book. My Mother-in-law is from Abruzzo, and she loves the history and culture of this book. This book will stay in our family for generations.Published 11 months ago by B good
Kudos to Powell Books for not only sending me a "like new" copy but one that was autographed by the author to boot, so actually it was more than I expected. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by J. R. BARONE
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Would use again.
has written this most engaging book about her childhood and the food of the enchanting land where she grew up. The stories are wonderful, and the recipes are delicioso! Read morePublished on September 28, 2006 by June Jacobs
The book is fun to read, and the author does an excellent job in relating her early family life in Italy to the recipes. Read morePublished on April 24, 2003 by K. Krueger