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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471793817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471793816
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this small but tasty collection of Italian recipes, Quinn, host of the PBS series Everyday Food and author of Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen, draws on her travels and ancestral past for classic home-cooked dishes. In bringing rustic Italian food to the busy American table, Quinn cuts out several steps such as homemade stock and freshly rolled pasta (although she does include a recipe for pizza dough that can be topped with escarole and Gaeta olives or served Margherita-style). Technique is perhaps not as important as ingredients: Her "Notes to the Cook section" covers some basic territory such as how to control the flavor of garlic, the merits of salted capers and her secret dredging weapon, Wondra flour for gravy. Though selections like Carolina's Wine Taralli (cookies) and Tuna Gremolata Dip have a sophisticated flair, there are plenty of earthy, elemental pleasures, like Polpette (a meatball in Italian, but Quinn turns it into a meatloaf), which is baked with mortadella slivers and pistachios, and Tuscan kale sautéed with olive oil and seasoned only with salt and pepper. Along with plenty of color beauty shots by Quentin Bacon, Quinn's book demonstrates that even at its very humblest, Italian cooking yields extraordinary flavors. (Apr.)
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Quinn, head of the food department for Martha Stewart Living and one of the hosts of the PBS series Everyday Food, made her cookbook debut with Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen, "an ode" to a place she loves. Her new title includes favorite recipes from her childhood: Italian American classics like Fettuccine alla Carbonara and Grilled Calamari. The book has the same attractive format as her first one, with color photographs of many of the dishes, but the recipes are very familiar, and most can be found in any Italian cookbook. For comprehensive subject collections. (Library Journal, March 15, 2007)

In this small but tasty collection of Italian recipes, Quinn, host of the PBS series Everyday Food and author of Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen, draws on her travels and ancestral past for classic home-cooked dishes. In bringing rustic Italian food to the busy American table, Quinn cuts out several steps such as homemade stock and freshly rolled pasta (although she does include a recipe for pizza dough that can be topped with escarole and Gaeta olives or served Margherita-style). Technique is perhaps not as important as ingredients: Her "Notes to the Cook section" covers some basic territory such as how to control the flavor of garlic, the merits of salted capers and her secret dredging weapon, Wondra flour for gravy. Though selections like Carolina's Wine Taralli (cookies) and Tuna Gremolata Dip have a sophisticated flair, there are plenty of earthy, elemental pleasures, like Polpette (a meatball in Italian, but Quinn turns it into a meatloaf), which is baked with mortadella slivers and pistachios, and Tuscan kale sautéed with olive oil and seasoned only with salt and pepper. Along with plenty of color beauty shots by Quentin Bacon, Quinn's book demonstrates that even at its very humblest, Italian cooking yields extraordinary flavors. (Apr.) (Publishers Weekly, February 19, 2007)


More About the Author

Born to a family that always cared about food, Lucinda Scala Quinn started cooking professionally as a teenager. She has worked as a chef, cooking teacher, caterer, and food writer. She is vice president, editorial director of food and entertaining at Martha Stewart Omnimedia. She appears regularly on NBC's Today and Martha, as well as hosting her weekly radio show and co-hosting PBS's Everyday Food.

Customer Reviews

This cook book offers quick and easy recipes that are very tasty.
Dolores Kurowski
I have collected several cookbooks over the last 20 years, and this one is my favorite for Italian recipes.
Geraldine Ahearn
Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen cookbook is as great as her television show and different recipes on it.
F. Elst

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Talerman on December 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen offers simple, authentic, mouthwatering recipes paired with fantastic photography. This small book should be on every food enthusiast's book shelf.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Billie A. Luber on June 8, 2007
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Ive tried 1 receipt The Steam Clams they were excellant. Through out the book all receipts are very simple and the food items are easy to find. I like cookbooks like this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie DiCola on March 21, 2011
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I love Lucinda's shows on TV and Radio! The recipe for Linguini and Clams Sauce is fantastic! Her recipe for Chicken Romano will change your idea of breaded white meat chicken. That recipe alone is work the price of the book. This book is would be a great gift for the newbie cook as well as the experienced. Simple and full of flavor!Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janice E. Schechter on July 10, 2008
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I bought this book after seeing the author on TV. The recipes are fairly simple and simply delicious!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Scala on October 16, 2009
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Just try any one of these recipes and you be blown away by the simplicity and flavor. Each dish will become a favorite!Some of these recipes have been in the fault for years now Lucinda has dusted them off to share. Sharing the Love.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sugarsweet1974 on January 10, 2011
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Good Italian cookbook. Small, nice pictures and simple and easy directions. Very authentic recipes. I made the gnocchi the other nite and they were THE BEST I have ever had in my life, even better than what I have had in restaurants-they simply melted in your mouth and were as light as a feather. The only reason I didn't give the book a 5* is because sometimes the recipes are too brief-for example when making the gnocchi, she said the texture should be like pizza dough. Well, I had pizza dough texture after only using less than half of the required flour for the recipe! She didn't say "you may not need all the flour etc" so I was a bit worried about how they would come out because I didn't use all the flour! I would have just appreciated more information-I found myself checking my other Italian cookbooks to for guidance...
I also purchased this book as a gift for my brother in law and he absolutely loved it.
I would recommend this book for the price and recipes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary Kline on December 24, 2008
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We've made several recipes from this book and they were all excellent and quite easy.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nosmo King on June 30, 2008
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It's such a pleasure to read a cookbook that gives clear, easy to follow directions, for classic recipes. Even the least adventuresome will be inspired to try dishes they'd only heard about from friends, gushing the praises of carefully guarded family recipes. After your first two wonderful successes with Lucinda's recipes, you'll want, and they'll demand, more, and even more.The ability to try new foods, is the way to embrace life in all its subtle tastes and textures. Do yourself a favor, try this wonderful book,and maybe a little dancing? Enjoy!
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