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Leone's Italian Cookbook Hardcover – December 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568495099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568495095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

From 1-5 stars, this book gets a 10!
N Rourk
My Mom purchased a 1967 copy from the Library when she realized how much the family loved the recipies in this book.
Steve M. Sotnick
If you love Italian food, then buy this cookbook.
J. Umbenhaur

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
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This cookbook is so good I lost my original copy in a divorce! It contains excellent recipes for everything you need to entertain Italian style. I highly recommend the cheesecake for those of you with a kind-of sweet tooth. It mixes the classic cream cheese with ricotta for a whole new smooth flavor of cheesecake. It helps to have some natural cooking skill, but many recipes are quite simple. Get the book, a bottle of Chianti, and create food your guests will swear came straight from Mama Leone's kitchen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Hosokawa on December 27, 2000
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Mamma Leone's was a classic Italian restaurant a couple blocks from Times Square. Unfortunately, Mamma's is gone, but her son has captured the delights from the restaurant's menu. You will have to imagine the plastic grapes hanging from ceiling, but the wonderful dishes can all be found in the book. The recipes are easy to follow and the book is nicely organized. Leone's can make the novice cook look like a five star chef.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David B. Gottlieb on December 20, 2006
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This is a book that my kitchen cannot do without. Two copies have fallen apart in use since 1967 and one I presented to my daughter (she uses it all the time).

While many of the recipes are complicated they are based on the wonderful cuisine served at Mama Leone's Restaurant and are meticulously tested for home use. They are clearly written so they are worth making even if they seem difficult. The results always justify the work.

Today I am ordering my fourth copy. Viva Leone!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N Rourk on December 20, 2007
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I purchased this book shortly after it originally came out in 1970. At the time, I was married to an Italian gentleman who was raised by family from the "old country." He never hesitated to say that with that book (I am NOT Italian), I could cook for any Italians and bring smiles to their faces! To this day, it is my favorite Italian cookbook, and I'm going to purchase it for my daughter-in-law! From 1-5 stars, this book gets a 10!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Umbenhaur on March 20, 2006
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My mother has the 1967 edition of this cookbook and gave it to me when she could no longer cook. I never really looked at it until last year and from that point on, I use it almost every day. Not only are the recipes easy to prepare, but it offers up dishes I had never heard of before: Stracciatella, Bugie, and Salsa di Olio di Olive, Aglio e Acciughe per Spaghettini (our favorite). I am not of Italian descent so apart from spaghetti and meatballs and lasagne, I have "converted" through this wonderful cuisine. Another plus-side dishes and what wines to serve are often included in a lot of the recipes, making it easy to impress your friends and family at the dinner table. If you love Italian food, then buy this cookbook. You will not be sorry.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1998
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This cookbook produces the most delicious food I've ever tasted. However, inexperienced cooks or those who like to cook quick meals will probably not enjoy this book. All of the recipes require fresh ingredients (nothing canned, frozen or dried) and some of the ingredients needed are not even available in my town. Also, the recipes can take hours or even days to prepare. For anyone who wants to go through the trouble, though, the food is definitely worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Buratto on August 5, 2014
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Pages are folded over and bound in place. Bad copy. Pls check future shipments before sending. This copy is unusable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quentin Regestein on March 24, 2011
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Mama Leone's son, Gene, documents the provenance and progress of Momma Leone's before he presents its recipes. The restaurant served thousands of diners every night, through most of the 20th century. A ton of schrimp changed hands the night the restuarant was sold. Among noteworthies who ate there were Presidents Truman and Eisenhauer and Enrico Caruso. The last talked Moma's husband into letting her start. Photographs convey the spirit and context of the place.
The book translates recipes meant for thousands into family size portions. It sometimes shows you a basic recipe like Minestrone and then Mama's tweaked version. This book comes with lets you make comfort food from a bygone era, e.g., yummy spaghetti sauce spiked with liver. Its continued publication (regrettably minus the funky dust cover) speaks for itself.
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