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The Jewish-Sicilian Cookbook Hardcover – September 2, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover; 1st Printing edition (September 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585674915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585674916
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Readers hungry to explore Sicily's Jewish cuisine won't discover much of it in Vincent's sentimental scrapbook of favorite family recipes. Instead, here's a cooking romance as it might be imagined by the Lifetime network's producers: skinny daughter of WASPy Los Angeles veterinarian and Jewish beauty grows up to play C.J. on the 1980s TV series Matt Houston; marries Duke Vincent, the dashing producer who cast her in the role... and they eat happily ever after in their opulent California kitchen. Vincent isn't a professional chef, and some of her recipe instructions are downright strange (an entire head of garlic simmers in tomato sauce for only five minutes; another sauce described as "marinara"—traditionally meatless—owes its punch to pepperoni). But grandmother Yette knew her latkes; dad Jack was a shish kebab master; and Duke's Italian-American staples are easy and appealing. Too bad we don't hear more from housekeeper Lucy Ramos, whose two salsa recipes are tantalizing. Vincent's style is more girlfriendy than informational—every recipe includes several exclamations of "Delicious!"—and the photographs include more publicity head shots than actual dishes. Serious foodies will find little of interest here, but Vincent's enthusiasm for the pleasures of table and family in the midst of life in the TV fast lane is likable enough.
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About the Author

Pamela Hensley Vincent grew up in southern California and played a selection of choice roles in such movies as Rollerball and Buck Rogeres and in the television series' Columbo, MacMillan and Wife, McCloud, The Rockford Files, and Matt Houston.

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Phillip J. Pisciotta on September 4, 2008
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I couldn't find a -5 stars. The lowest I could find was 1 Star. Read on....

This is not a Jewish-Sicilian cook book. It is a combination of boring stories and Italian recipes. It is a Jewish as "Rosy O'Grady's Passover Specialties." Would any Jew buy such a piece of work? Jewish comedians excluded. They need this material more than the kitchen.

Here is an example from one of the recipies entitled "....Signature Spaghetti". 1/2 Beef bouillon cube with Parmigiano-Reggiano? What Kibbutz did this author live in? And all the other Sicilians are saying rosaries over the use of "beef bouillon cube".

The author does a disservice to both the Jewish and Sicilian community by trying to parade her writings under this title.

Don't waste your money. The book is a sham.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Frankel on May 21, 2013
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A very dear, anecdotal, cook book!
I find the mix of Jewish and Sicillan flavor pallets blend well. Both cuisines have origins in the Mediterranean so it all just works.
It's kinda cool that they did this together and shared their recipes with the rest of us. More couples should do this to preserve their family traditions and history.
J
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William S Rhew on January 31, 2014
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This was a gift for a relative and she loves it. It made for a major change this past New years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lois Sabatino on February 6, 2014
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Jewish-Sicilian Cookbook has many good recipes anyone-- Jewish or Gentile-- will enjoy. Pamela Hensley Vincent does a nice job writing easy-to-follow directions.
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