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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master [Kindle Edition]

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich , Tanya Bastianich Manuali
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In her beautifully illustrated new cookbook, Lidia Bastianich lays out a comprehensive curriculum of wise cooking tips--from the cutting board to the kitchen table. Channeling the instructive elements from her TV show, she teaches us that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal. As storyteller and chef, she draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate. Recalling lessons learned from her mother, Erminia, and her grandmother Nonna Rosa, Lidia pays homage to the kitchen sages who inspired her.
Whether it's Citrus Roasted Veal, or Rustic Ricotta Tart, each recipe is a tangible feast. We learn to look at ingredients as both geographic and cultural indicators. In Campania, the region where mozzarella is king, we discover it best eaten three hours after preparation. In Genova we are taught that while focaccia had its basil origins in the Ligurain culinary tradition, the herbs and flavorings will change from region to region; as home chefs, we can experiment with rosemary or oregano or olives or onions! When it's time for dessert, Lidia draws on the scared customs of nuns in Italian monasteries and convents and reveals the secret to rice pudding with a blessing.
Lidia's Commonsense Guide to Italian Cooking is a collection of 150 delectable recipes, told with commonsense cooking wisdom, that teaches us how create simple, seasonal Italian dishes with grace, confidence and love.

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Having extensively surveyed the world of Italian and Italian American cooking in previous books and television series, indefatigable and entrepreneurial Bastianich seems bent on creating a new sort of Italian cooking for American kitchens that crosses time-honored boundaries and looks to fashion a more relaxed but no-less-appealing cuisine. She has partnered with her art-historian daughter before, but now the two of them offer readers such uncommon fare as potatoes baked in beer, eggplant and rice parmigiana, and veggie meatballs. Traditionally unadorned pasta carbonara gets some sliced artichokes in its cream-and-egg sauce. Desserts include an apple cake, cookies, and several variations of rice pudding. Most dishes can be readily reproduced, but acquiring razor clams away from the Atlantic coast may be daunting. The authors’ celebrity and their upcoming public-television series mark this a cookbook sure to be in great demand. --Mark Knoblauch

About the Author

LIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH is the author of eight previous cookbooks, five of which have been accompanied by nationally syndicated public television series. She is the owner of the New York City restaurant Felidia, among others, and she gives lectures on Italian cuisine throughout the country. She lives on Long Island, New York.

TANYA BASTIANICH MANUALI received her PhD in Renaissance art history from Oxford University. In 1996 she started Esperienze Italiane, a travel company that arranges food, wine, and art tours to Italy. She also coauthors cookbooks with her mother, Lidia; manages Lidia's product line; and serves as the cultural and art consultant for the art series. She lives on Long Island, New York.

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  • File Size: 20898 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (October 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's Done It Again! October 17, 2013
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Lidia Bastianich is one of my favorite chefs and in her new cookbook, she has put together a wonderful collection of simple and satisfying recipes. The book is divided up into sections including appetizers, soups, salads, vegetables, pastas, fish, meats and desserts, and in each section she merges the old with the new. Some delicious highlights include a country lentil salad, a semolina and escarole soup, baked fennel with sage, mafalde florentine style, and citrus roasted veal. She teaches you how to make marinara sauce (we call it gravy in my household), fresh pasta and risotto. One after the next, the recipes are beautiful and appear delicious.

On a personal note, I credit Lidia with teaching me how to make risotto on her television show in the early 1990s. Her instructions are simple, her recipes are easy to follow, and her enthusiasm for food and family are infectious. If you want to know what it's like to be part of an Italian family, this is it.

On another note, if you want to try some of Lidia's cooking without breaking out this wonderful book, visit one of her fabulous restaurants. I have eaten at 3 of them, and the food there still ranks among the best Italian food I have ever eaten.

This book is well worth the money you spend on it. You will enjoy it for years to come. Thank you Lidia!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lidia's the best!!! November 20, 2013
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Love the book! Already made 2 recipes. Lidia's recipes are set up so you can alter them if you don't like something or want to add something and make it your own. She tells you the same on her show as well. You can just make the recipe in the book and it's outstanding! I usually do that first, then "make it my own". I have 4 of her books and use them all. Love, love, love Lidia!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking" October 19, 2013
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The book just came today. I spent the whole afternoon browsing through it. I have all of Lidia's other books except "Lidia's Favorite Recipes" and use them all regularly. My family loves the meals I prepare from them. I have already found more than half a dozen recipes in this new book that I can't wait to try. They sound delicious, nutritious, and most of them quick and easily prepared. This is sure to be another big hit for Lidia.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter warmth December 10, 2013
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Sensible, scrumptious recipes that the family loves to make together to warm a wnter's kitchen & helps us warm up inside as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I love Lidia and this is the second of her books that I have purchased. I was watching a recent episode and she made the Pappardelle with Turkey Rolls. DBF requested that we serve this for Thanksgiving (it looked absolutely delicious). I could have printed up the recipe for free, but I prefer to have the cookbook in front of me. I also like to have the cookbook and follow along as I am watching the show because I can make notes in the book (I do this when I alter a recipe). There is a good assortment of recipes and I look forward to cooking several of them. I found what I call an unusual number of recipes containing anchovies and I HATE ANCHOVIES! I'll have to figure out a replacement for them or just leave them out. It's a good book with fantastic pictures in it. It will fit nicely in your cookbook collection and I do recommend it (even with the anchovies).
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another home run! October 22, 2013
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I received this warmly written and delicious cookbook today and proclaim that Lidia has done it again. Brava! So many recipes guide anyone who enjoys cooking to dive right in and try those peppers pepperonata, the Ascolani olives,the salmon recipes,either of those enchanting pear desserts and the one that I will tackle first,the ricotta tart. With a fidelity and confidence in her wisdom, Lidia cannot,will not,let any reader down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Che altro si puo dire- What else can you say! February 1, 2014
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Lidia's cook books improve with each new volume! The recipes are simple, straight forward and mouth-watering! They are presented so that the most inexperienced tyro cook can execute them with ease. All you need is desire...
Areas within Italy each boast of their own specific emphasis in cuisine, Lidia's manages the various specialties with ease and perfection,
You want a cookbook that covers all the Italian cooking bases, this book is a Home Run!!!!!!
Jim DeMar
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Fantastic Recipes December 30, 2013
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While waiting to be seated at Lidia's restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA, we had an opportunity to glance several recipes in this cookbook. After one of the most memorable meals we have enjoyed in a long time, we decided to purchase a copy of her new cookbook when we returned home. The recipes are spectacular. We have tried four and the outcome was 5 stars. We highly recommend this cookbook.
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