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My Italian Kitchen: Favorite Family Recipes from the Winner of MasterChef Season 4 on FOX [Kindle Edition]

Luca Manfé
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WELCOME TO MY ITALIAN KITCHEN AND MY BIGGEST PASSION: FOOD. Most of my family memories revolve around food, especially family holidays, and everyone knows how important food and wine are in Italian culture. Here are the recipes passed down from my nonnas (grandmothers) that reflect the warm, rustic flavors of Friuli, Italy: rich frico, risotto, and savory polenta. I also love the lighter bites, perfect with a glass of wine: crostini with ricotta and honey, or a tramezzini, the Italian version of English high-tea sandwiches. And I didn't forget the sweets--from the tiramisu I made with my mother when I was eight years old to the famous basil panna cotta I made to help win me the title of MasterChef. I love to teach, and I'll show you the fundamentals of fantastic Italian food, including homemade stock (I swear, it's easy), pasta from scratch, and more. My Italian Kitchen is packed with the food that I love and that you and your family will love too. (Plus I'll tell you some good behind-the-scenes stories from Season 4 of MasterChef!) Grazie! And welcome to my kitchen. --Luca


Editorial Reviews

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“Luca comes from a long line of great Italian home cooks … his inspiring family recipes are featured here in this fantastic book.”
(CHEF GORDON RAMSAY, MasterChef judge)

“Luca is proof that nice guys don’t always finish last … it is with great pride that I introduce My Italian Kitchen, the first of what I hope will be many inspiring culinary contributions to come.”
(JOE BASTIANICH, restaurateur and MasterChef judge)

“Get great Italian recipes from Luca Manfè’s My Italian Kitchen.
(About.com)

“Manfè draws heavily on his family’s Italian roots in Friuli-Venezia Giulia to offer dishes that are varied, flavorful and true to the region.”
(Sauce Magazine)

About the Author

Luca Manfé is the Season 4 winner of MasterChef. Originally from Friuli, Italy, he currently lives in New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 14597 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (May 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JU5H07M
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly impressed! May 31, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I confess, I was extremely disappointed with Christine Ha's cookbook when it came out and swore I would not buy another MasterChef cookbook without looking through it first. So instead of pre-ordering this title online I waited until I could look through it in a store--and then I couldn't leave without buying it! There were recipes within I wanted to try right away, didn't look too complicated and yes, looked very authentically Italian.

I am Italian by heritage and have been to Italy many times. I also have a TON of Italian cookbooks so a new one has to really have some interesting and new ideas in it for me to buy it. I liked how this book was organized into sections on typical Italian antipasti and small bites (like crostini), primi, secondi, desserts. The emphasis is also on more Northern Italian cuisine--like you would find in Venice or Friuli--so this is not your typical red gravy Italian-American cookbook. The recipes I've tried so far have turned out excellent, including the crostini with ricotta, honey and pine nuts and the risotto with sausage and radicchio. Many of these recipes appear very simple at first but you will find some interesting flavor twist that really elevates them to a different level; for instance, the orecchiette pasta with zucchini which has a surprising addition of mint with the ricotta cheese that makes it truly unique (and addictive!)

He does use certain flavor/ingredient combinations repeatedly (beet and goat cheese, for instance), but that reflects popular ingredients of specific regions and how you can use those ingredients in multiple ways. The instructions are very thorough and clear, and you will really be turning out meals that look and taste restaurant-quality if you follow Luca!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome cookbook! May 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I echo the other reviewer's comment about the Caprese Panna Cotta. I got the cookbook just for that wacky dessert!

If you're like me who spent most of the time watching season 4 of Masterchef salivating over the dishes Luca made and wishing I could reproduce them at home, this cookbook is absolutely perfect. Some dishes that are included in this cookbook:

-The braised short ribs that sent Gordon Ramsay "six feet under a happy man"/ the dish he wanted as his last meal
-The broccoli rabe ravioli/ girasoli that Luca made during the audition
-Frico, along with the pancetta wrapped veal cutlet from the semi-final
-The lemon asparagus Luca made for his wife

Granted, these dishes that Luca actually made in the competition are a bit more technical and complex compared to the rest of the simpler/ more homestyle dishes in the cookbook, but I was so so so happy that these dishes were included. Luca gave the full recipe for each of these dishes, with all the different components, but then gives us the option to leave out some of the components if we are not feeling too technical (such as the basil sugar from the caprese panna cotta-- which apparently you can sprinkle on top of creme brulee and caramelize it-- how awesome is that?!)

Will update with more details once I've tried out the recipes.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luca, my new favorite chef. June 4, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love the recipes, but mostly I love the stories he shares about his family and life. He seems like a very likable person. I will likely buy any book he comes out with. Thank you, Luca!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny! August 3, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We cook out of this cookbook weekly. Everything has been very impressive in presentation & flavors. It's not very complicated either. The white asparagus risotto is worth every cent alone. It's the best risotto recipe we have tasted. Great job Luca!
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm all about the Caprese Panna Cotta! May 15, 2014
Format:Hardcover
My wife and I watched the final episode of Season 4 of MasterChef at the edge of our seats because it was such a tight match between Luca and Natasha. We loved Luca's perseverance and positive spirit from the start, so seeing him win felt like a real victory to us too! We haven't yet been to his restaurant in NY but this book is the next best thing. The recipe for his "impossible dessert" is reason alone to buy the book, it blew away the judges, and never left my memory. As a total novice to dessert making I haven't yet attempted the Caprese Panna Cotta, but someday soon... So far, I'm just delighted by the narrative of the book, variety of recipes, and photographs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious November 23, 2014
By TZ
Format:Hardcover
Great recipes, but most are difficult for me, because I am a beginner. My husband and I love Master Chef, and we are proud to own Luca's book; we've been working through the book with the recipes.we think we can handle. I like that Luca explains some of the products and offers everyday ingredient substitutes for some of the more expensive/exotic foods.😊
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21 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok.......... June 24, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this cookbook for my husband because we both watched Master Chef and really pulled for Luca to win. The book was disappointing though because there really aren't any recipes for "everyday" types of foods. I hope the Luca makes millions from his cookbook but, for us, it really isn't very usable - way too many "fancy" recipes and way too many ingredients in most of them. We'd spend a fortune on buying all the different odd ingredients.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Italian dishes June 16, 2014
By Martha
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I watched Luca on Master Chef and hoped he would win so that he would write a cookbook. I love the recipes in this book they are true Italian dishes. I would recommend this cookbook to anyone who wants to cook like an Italian.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is actually a really nice Hardcover book.
Published 16 days ago by Jason cleath
2.0 out of 5 stars Damaged
Not very happy with the condition of the book
Published 2 months ago by Jean Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Bought It
Bought this as a gift. She loved it! The recipes are great!
Published 2 months ago by lowriderminis
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
great cook book. bought this for my boyfriend because he loves to cook and we both love masterchef. most of the stuff in the book is really easy and can be done with most regular... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jillian
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow, way too formal for me. I wouldn't ...
Wow, way too formal for me. I wouldn't know where to get half the ingredients for the recipes! Not for the average cook/household.
Published 2 months ago by Ezra
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
recipes were a little to extravagant and not simpler things.
Published 3 months ago by Tedsters dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great recipes....
Some great recipes - book was a gift for a diehard Master Chef fan, and a big hit :-)
Published 3 months ago by flyrider
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a good cookbook but give us more of the real cooking from Luca, instead of Masterchef
Published 3 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Awesome!! I'm very happy with this cook book!1
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Go Luca!! I love the book as much as i loved watching Luca win. Enjoy!
Published 3 months ago by Spillderbrains
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