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Hudson Valley Mediterranean: The Gigi Good Food Cookbook Hardcover – August 18, 2009

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“People long for more flavor, better nutrition, and beauty on their dinner plates. Laura Pensiero delivers at Gigi Trattoria and she delivers in this book. And you don’t have to live in the Hudson Valley to reap the benefit of Hudson Valley Mediterranean.” (Amy Goldman, author of The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table and chair of the board of Seed Savers Exchange)

“a collection of about 150 recipes with a distinct voice—one of balanced eating, locally sourced foods and fuss-free, straightforward dishes that showcase seasonal ingredients, like the candy-like sweetness of a rustic onion tart in autumn.” (Albany Times Union)

Honorable Mention, Publishers Weekly Best Food Books of 2009 (Publishers Weekly)

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A renowned chef and nutritionist has the recipe for delectable meals with a healthy Mediterranean focus, featuring more than 100 recipes for flavorful, seasonal local food

Hailed as the Napa Valley of the East, New York's Hudson Valley has become a major hub for local foods and agriculture—and Laura Pensiero's acclaimed restaurants are at the center of it all. Customers from near and far flock to Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck (named one of Hudson Valley's best restaurants in Hudson Valley Magazine) and Gigi Market and Catering in Red Hook to dine on Laura's interpretations of traditional Italian dishes that highlight the bounty of the farms, gardens, and artisans of the Valley.

A celebration of the food of the Hudson Valley and the people who grow and produce it, Hudson Valley Mediterranean shows how to use seasonal ingredients to create delectable, nourishing meals. Here are more than 100 easy-to-prepare and cost-effective recipes made with the best ingredients and a touch of Mediterranean flair, including:

Gigi Potato Gnocchi with Northwind Farm Chicken and Pea Ragu
Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower and Chard
Fava Bean and Fregola Salad
Spring (and Every Other Season) Lasagna
Seared Salmon over Spring Trifolati
Mr. Mink's Panzanella Salad with fresh herbs
Strawberry Mascarpone Tart

This local and seasonal food movement is happening throughout the country, and Pensiero invites everyone to bring these foods into their own kitchens and communities using regional resources—because cooking with fresh food harvested nearby brings pleasure to eating and connects people to their family, friends, and community.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006171917X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061719172
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An annoying recipe in this book lists toppings for flatbread pizza and then it says, "The dough is our secret." Seriously????!!!!! She suggests buying a large tortilla. Seriously????!!!!!! I spent $30.00 (the original price of this book) for her to tell me to slap some crap on a store-bought tortilla? I am hugely disappointed. I want the recipe for the pizza dough!

She plans to market her pizza dough as a trademarked product, hence the secrecy. Perhaps she plans to do the same with her "Gigi Meatballs", because she references them without giving a recipe for them either. Perhaps the book is meant to whet our appetite for her line of food products, but when I buy a recipe book I want actual recipes! Talk about stingy and proprietary. Don't waste your money!!!!!
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We stayed in Hudson Valley and stopped at Gigi's Marketplace and then at the restaurant. Since then we've cooked three recipes (so far!) that have been amazing!
Th pea soup is wonderful and we were thrown back to our vacation in Tuscany when we had the gnocchi with ragu. It was BEYOND exceptional. Simple, beautiful flavors with wonderful ingredients. This is how we all should cook. Your family will love it. Its also conveniently organized by season so you can buy the freshest ingredients and make these dishes during each season which is nothing short of genius.
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As the owner of an extremely popular Italian restaurant in New York's Hudson Valley and a registered dietitian, Laura Pensiero's emphasis on healthy, delicious food really shines in this book. Her recipes are very clear and easy to follow and taste almost as good as the food at Gigi's restaurant. The book is organized by season and emphasizes using food from local farmer's markets wherever possible, for the freshest taste.
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I received this cookbook as a Christmas gift from my daughter and haven't put it down since. I've read it cover to cover and am anxiously looking forward to having some time to actually try some of the recipes. The recipes are separated out by season (if you are a member of a CSA, you'll really appreciate this!) and she gives plenty of suggestions for changing up the recipe. Additionally, the author gives you nutritional information (not calories and fat but what's good (or not so in some cases) and cost ranges, helpful to a family looking to eat healthy AND affordably. The constant emphasis on LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL may annoy you if you don't have access to locally grown produce or a farmer's market and some of the ingredients are more high brow than some areas of the country might expect in their local markets. Having said that, I still thoroughly enjoyed simply reading the cookbook!
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It's so hard to find a good cookbook online. This book has very few pictures. If you are someone who enjoys seeing what they are about to make, this is not the book for you.
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Love this book. Her salads are unique and delicious, particularly the Gigi Barbina salad (roasted vegetables) with the Gigi Sherry-shallot vinaigrette. Her lemon vinaigrette is versatile and excellent with arugula. Celery root salad is a nice twist on the traditional celery root remoulade. Don't miss the Stewed North African Spiced Chicken Thighs. Perfect winter comfort food. Although she does include meat recipes, I think that a vegetarian would find this book a good resource for non-meat dishes.
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