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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Folger Ross Publications (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977146251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977146253
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lorraine Ranalli is a longtime Philadelphia media personality and self-described "cook next door." Over the years, she has managed to merge her passions--broadcasting and cooking--to publish "Gravy Wars: South Philly Foods, Feuds and Attytudes," and to launch her syndicated radio talk show and blog, Cucina Chatter, which is an entertaining virtual kitchen table conversation featuring interesting guests of varying backgrounds and a family of regular characters. The best way to shut Lorraine up is to put food in front of her. Of course, audiences of all ages and ethnicities enjoy hearing her speak about the Italian-American experience, food, and nostalgia.

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My mom asked me to purchase 12 copies of this book for her.
Christina
It's a quick read that you'll no doubt go back to again and again--if only for the recipes!
J. Vanore
A spot on tribute to Lorraine's family as well as all South Philly Italians.
Brigid Breslin

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Vanore on July 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Gravy Wars conjured up fond memories--of my grandmother's (and mother's) spaghetti gravy simmering on the stove during a cool autumn Sunday afternoon.

Aside from activating my recall (and saliva glands), Ranalli is also a good storyteller. No matter your ancestral roots, Gravy Wars is bound to remind you of your own family, and the characters that both entertained and annoyed you through the years at those holiday get-together feasts.

Each chapter is a different journey down a different pathway of reminiscences, and each chapter has its own cache of recipes.

Gravy Wars is at once humorous, poignant, informative, and nostalgic. It's a quick read that you'll no doubt go back to again and again--if only for the recipes!
You need not be Italian to enjoy this book. As I said, it will remind you of your family, since every family goes through life with much the same drama and comedy.

This little book made me laugh, made me think, and boy did it make me hungry!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christina on September 3, 2009
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My mom asked me to purchase 12 copies of this book for her. She gave them as gifts to all her friends. They were all very pleased. It is a neat book if you are from Philly!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee A. Chiaro on October 17, 2009
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Living in S.Philly, this should be every kitchen. The glossary of Italian slangs alone is worth the price. Fantastic receipes. I have bought several copies for family memebers that also LOVE IT!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brigid Breslin on January 8, 2014
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A spot on tribute to Lorraine's family as well as all South Philly Italians.
This is a fun and great read for anyone, especially those of italian decent.
Congratulations to Lorraine for this fun and fabulous book
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I didn't grow up in South Philadelphia, but my mother (who gave me this book) did, and my childhood was spent visiting my grandparents and other Italian relatives--most of whom lived within the same few blocks in the 7th and Washington area. I admit, it's been a long time since I have referred to Italian sauce as "gravy" (when you move out of the area and people start looking at you strangely for your odd word choices, you sadly fall out of the habit), but still, I related to much of GRAVY WARS.

Author Lorraine Ranalli grew up in Italian-American family and was most likely a contemporary of my mother. She emphasizes the importance of food in an Italian family, starting of course with gravy--you'll never hear the term "sauce" in South Philly! Ranalli includes MANY gravy recipes, from her own to her grandmother's to offerings from both her sister and her aunt. Additional recipes are interspersed throughout the book, often used to highlight a particular Italian characteristic.

Some of the favorite South Philly memories that this book brought back for me included the plastic couch protectors, the plastic rug protectors, the wrought iron railings, the Italian women cleaning front steps/sidewalks, the "care packages" home after every meal, the seven fishes on Christmas eve, and the Mummer's parade on New Year's Day. Who remembers these things with me?

I haven't yet made any of the recipes in the book, but many call to my heart, and so I do plan to try some in the future (and will update my review at that time). And I may have moved away, but I still have family in the Philly area, and personally, my favorite treat IS actually an authentic Philly soft pretzel, just like the ones my grandfather used to pick up from the Federal Street Bakery in the early morning hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcy K. on September 25, 2013
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This has been such an entertaining book. I originally saw it at my local Italian market and wondered if I could get it at the library. The library was a no go, but Amazon had a Kindle version so I bought it. It is so funny and I can't wait to make the recipes. My kitchen is under renovation, so that will have to wait, but the stories of her family are priceless and it is full of "real" recipes - ones you know someones grandmother would write down and you would have success. I'm looking forward to trying out each different recipe for "gravy."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralloc on August 5, 2013
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Wonderful book... brings back memories of wonderful family dinners on holidays.
Making "gravy" and home made raviolis for Thanxgiving, Xmas & Easter!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Carlino on March 25, 2013
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Being from Philly and South Jersey, I could relate to the stories. And the way that she compared recipes is exactly how it was in the 1940's with all of my Italian relatives.
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