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Italy Today: The Beautiful Cookbook Hardcover – April 17, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Beautiful Cookbooks (April 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002250535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002250535
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Italy Today, the Beautiful Cookbook is the third volume on Italian cooking to join the popular Beautiful series of large format, lavishly illustrated books from HarperCollins. It is more than just a pretty book to set on the coffee table; this is a book cooks will enjoy and one that makes good reading if you are planning a trip to Italy.

Fred Plotkin's text covers the history, economy, and particular ingredients important in each of Italy's culinary regions. He also explains how changes in the way Italians live are affecting how they eat. Meals, for example, now follow the traditional structure less rigidly in most parts of the country, with the southern areas holding closest to the old ways. Also, while cooking in Italy is still remarkably regional, people are enjoying recipes less tied to their locality. Use of fresh and local ingredients, however, remains strong.

The recipes are by Lorenza De' Medici, who also did the food for Italy, the Beautiful Cookbook and Tuscany, the Beautiful Cookbook. Here she offers 220 dishes. Some show how Italians are modifying classics; others illustrate the living quality of Italian cooking in its acceptance of new ingredients and in new ways of using familiar ones. Perfect examples of this are Eggplant with Yogurt and Mint and Rice Salad with Pesto. Beyond all the handsome photographs, this is a source cooks really can use.

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De'Medici published Italy the Beautiful Cookbook in 1988; Italy Today includes 220 new regional recipes, both contemporary dishes and rediscoveries of traditional ones. Chapters of recipes organized by course alternate with brief introductions to the various regions; accompanying the text are dozens of stunning, evocative color photographs, many of them full-page. Most of the titles in this series have been wildly popular, and with Italy as its subject, the latest one is likely to be, too; however, it will be a luxury item for most libraries.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter E. on January 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book has almost the same title as her first book from 1987, Italy the Beautiful Cookbook. This one is called Italy today the Beautiful cookbook. This one is as bad as her first was good... pass on this one and order her first one.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I love to cook, love italian,and love this book. The beautiful photographs are very inspiring and the unique recipes are motivating!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
ITALY: THE BEAUTIFUL COOKBOOK is just that - a book brimming with known dishes and as well as rarities from throughout Italy presented in a format so well designed, filled with excellent photography, and thorough information about the country that it could rest as comfortably on the traveler's coffee table as in the gourmet's kitchen.

Lorenza De'Medici takes the reader on an insider's tour of Italy with readable maps, stunning photographs of each region, information about the peculiar characteristics of the regions that inform the recipes, and then gives some of the finest recipes you'll likely to encounter for dishes both simple and complex.

As with the best of cookbooks this one contains images that show how the result of the time spent in the kitchen will look. De'Medici writes with candor and in a relaxed inviting style. This survey of Italian culinary arts and the historic background that accompanies them is as fine as any similar book on the market. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 05
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I saw this book in a friend's kitchen, used it three times in a four-day visit, each time wowing the dinner guests. Who could resist that kind of feedback? Ordered one for myself and another for a friend. We are both now the "Must Have" dinner invitation.

The recipes are marvelously simple, the tastes are fantastic, the presentations easy to get done and the book itself is a work of art. Not just recipes; this is also a coffee table history of cultural cooking in Italy
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1999
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I have dozens of Italian cookbooks. This is one of the best... and maximizes the simple style and ingredients of Italy's best flavors. The photography and writing are equally good.
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It is a beautiful cookbook. It was supposed to be used but read as new with just a little wear on the dust jacket but, although the pages are pristine, I was a little disappointed in the appearance of the actual corners of the hardcover book. It looks used to me. It is a gift so I am being fussy.
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