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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1ST edition (April 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714857734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714857732
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most cuisines have delicious ways of using summer's bounty, but Italian food, as the editors of this pretty and expansive recipe collection assert, is ideally eaten in the warmest season. The authors of the bestselling compendium of Italian cookery The Silver Spoon have returned with a collection of warm weather dishes that emphasize simple flavors and minimal ingredients. In addition to recipes, the book covers the vacation regions of Italy, the hundreds of food festivals held every summer around the country, and a calendar of seasonal ingredients. Chapters reflect the way people tend to eat in summer: Picnics; Salads; Barbecues; Light Lunches; and Suppers. The provisions are both appealing and richly varied: rustic vegetable pies or potatoes in aluminum foil with assorted fillings are certain to dress up anyone's summer repertoire. Dishes like mozzarella caprese and peaches with zabaglione will seem familiar to readers while others, such as casatiello, a bread ring stuffed with salami and cheese, or lettuce with skate and walnuts, have a hint of the exotic. As with its predecessor, the editors keep the directions short and sweet, and a certain degree of kitchen familiarity is assumed. Interspersed throughout are beautifully evocative photos that might tempt some readers to put down the spoon and head for the airport."—Publisher's Weekly

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Anne on May 9, 2010
There is a big sticker on my copy proclaiming: Quintessential summer recipes from Italy; Newly Collected by the Silver Spoon kitchen. I was skeptical and I randomly selected a recipe...sure enough, the identical recipe was in the Silver Spoon cookbook. Another recipe was randomly selected...yet again, word for word it is included in the Silver Spoon. So what does "newly collected" mean? Newly collected for those who do not already own the Silver Spoon cookbook?

In the book's favor, it is laid out well and is understandably a reduced version of Silver Spoon and thus easier to handle in the kitchen. Most of the recipes are written fairly well, but certainly not all. It is very common for the ingredients to be vague: tomatoes, potatoes, olives, apples, etc. are listed but what kind and weight you may ask? "Two zucchini" makes me want to know variety AND size.

I think that an inexperienced cook may be baffled by the vague directions and the often unclear ingredients list. On the other hand, if you are comfortable with Elizabeth David's also vague recipes you will not have a problem with these. David's books are at the very top of my most used and valued cookbooks and her Summer Cooking and Italian should be considered if you are tempted by this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 14, 2010
Recipes from An Italian Summer offers a range of dishes designed to make the most of fresh ingredients using summer produce, and provides seasonal Italian recipes that focus on the peak summer growing season. It's organized by how we eat during the summer and thus offers chapters on Picnics, salads, Light Lunches and more. No library should be without this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 29, 2010
These are Italian recipes collected from the Silver Spoon kitchen. Most have been published elsewhere, but for those who specifically want Italian here they are.
Explanations of Italian cooking and attitudes are well done, especially Ferragosto; the vacation for the whole month of August and the food consumed then. Most recipes are one to a page and in clear type. Also the majority of recipes have a picture of the finished product. There are, in addition, pleasing pictures of Italy's scenery. The photos give you the flavor and colouring of Italy and its' food.

The grill recipes will lend a different aspect to your summer cooking, especially that of vegetables, the instructions are well done. There are also many simple good fruit recipes, again for keeping cool in the hot summer. Included are picnics, salads, barbecues, light lunches and suppers, summer entertaining, desserts and ice cream and drinks. Especially not to be missed is the Avocado and shrimp salad.

This is not really a beginners cookbook, but would be a welcome addition to cookbook collectors and those who enjoy Italian cooking that is not the usual spaghetti or lasagna.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 15, 2010
Recipes from an Italian Summer a collection put together by the Editors of Phaidon Press... A Beautiful FAT cookbook with warm weather recipes. The emphasis here is fresh, wonderful ingredients that are abundant in the summer. Fresh produce, fruits and berries, and herbs. 380 recipes for lighter, easy-to-follow summer dishes with big beautiful photographs. Now that I have it in my hands and have been cooking from it, I can say it meets all my expectations and more! It's the perfect summer companion!

When you first open up Recipes from an Italian Summer, besides noticing the beautiful artwork, you'll see where the cookbook is going to take you.. Picnics, Salads, Barbecues, Light Lunches and Suppers, Summer Entertaining, Desserts and finally Ice Creams and Drinks. At the beginning of each chapter is a wonderful introduction to what you're about to tempt your taste buds with and it's relevance to summer,

"The huge range of antipasti, appetizers, and salads in the Italian summer repertoire provide a wonderful source of inspiration for picnic food. Dishes such as frittatas, cold risottos, pies and terrines are easy to transport, and work very well at picnics alongside the more traditional filled sandwiches, cold meats, cheeses and salads." ...intro to picnic recipes

The recipes that follow are easy, with easy to find fresh ingredients that should satisfy our summer eating. From making your own mayonnaise, to making a delicious Tomato tartare with basil. Using the fresh apples you have, there's a recipe for Apple strudel, which you can make the day ahead. Or how about Baked ricotta with sun-dried tomato pesto as an appetizer for summer entertaining that's in the oven for only 10 minutes!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Weiner on June 5, 2010
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The photos are beautiful (I wish there were more) and the recipes in this book are mouthwatering. The presentations are quite inspiring. The few recipes I have tried have been easy to follow and are not difficult to make. Mangia!
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