From the Back Cover
150 recipes from northern Italy’s agriturismi, with beautiful full-color photographs
The Italian Farmer’s Table is a sumptuously illustrated cookbook featuring authentic recipes from more than thirty working family farms in northern Italy. These agriturismi provide room and board to travelers and offer cuisine that epitomizes the farm-fresh movement underway in the United States, the United Kingdom, and beyond. Visitors come from all over Europe and North America to indulge in such delights as fresh ricotta cheese made the same morning, prosciutto from free-range pigs, and organic vegetables picked minutes before serving.
Professional chefs Matthew Scialabba and Melissa Pellegrino have transcribed 150 northern Italian recipes from these family farms—including many that are seldom found in cookbooks outside of Italy. Full-color photographs and anecdotes about the farms and their residents bring Italy’s glorious countryside to life and illustrate such recipes as:
Swiss Chard and Ricotta Tarts
Lavender Encrusted Chicken with Pancetta
Fried Butternut Squash Ravioli
Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Walnut Butter Sauce
About the Author
MATTHEW and MELISSA SCIALABBA are a husband and wife cooking and writing team from Connecticut. They graduated from The Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan together, and worked for a time in Italy. Fluent in Italian, Melissa graduated from a professional culinary school (Lorenzo di Medici) in Florence, Italy, and apprenticed in a small three-person kitchen of a well known restaurant popular with the locals, while Matt studied winemaking in Liguria in the Cinque Terre. Together, they worked at several Italian agriturismi, where the idea for this cookbook was born.
Melissa is a recipe tester at FINE COOKING magazine, while Matt works for a boutique Italian wine company.