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Rustic Italian (Williams-Sonoma): Simple, Authentic Recipes for Everyday Cooking Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781616281656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616281656
  • ASIN: 1616281650
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Before I was a cookbook author and food writer, I was a newspaper reporter. I wrote about all kinds of things: school board meetings, the latest fitness craze, or how billionaire philanthropists like to give away their money. I hardly ever wrote about food, even though it was the subject I thought about most. Years after I had graduated from Columbia School of Journalism and worked at several newspapers, it finally dawned on me that I could and should be writing about food. So that is what I am doing.

I grew up in an Italian family. At the dinner table we spent more time debating what we should eat tomorrow night than politics or the news of the day. My mother is a native of Chieti, a picturesque hilltop city in Abruzzo, not far from the Adriatic coast. She had my sister and me shaping gnocchi and ravioli by the time we could see over the kitchen counter. We spent our summers in Italy with my mother's three sisters (all great cooks); each year my father planned trips around the peninsula guided by where the best local food and wine were to be found.

I've continued the tradition of food-focused trips now that I have my own family, and I'm happy to say that my latest book, The Glorious Pasta of Italy, has some great examples of little-known regional specialties as a result.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ILoveRome on December 8, 2012
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This summer I visited Rome and the coast of Italy with my husband. I didn't know what to expect and was surprised by the simple yet wonderfully delicious food. I absolutely feel in love. Still on a high when I returned I saw this book and was pleasantly surprised to see recipes for dishes we had enjoyed. I make Speghettini con Zucchine e Speck all the time; a dish we enjoyed in a small cafe when we were looking for a fast meal. I really enjoy the notes from the author which are included with each recipe; it makes me want to learn even more about my new favorite place on earth.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cook-the-Book on April 10, 2012
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I don't have much time but I am surprised this book isn't getting more reviews. When it first came I looked through and thought, "maybe there's not so much in this one from Domenica", but once I got time to take a look through, I made four things from the book the first weekend I played with it. All were interesting and so easy, I even was making them in a relative's kitchen with rudimentary equipment. The recipes don't necessarily look that different if you have a lot of italian cookbooks (as I do), but she adds little twists to each that are really interesting with so little work. The title "Rustic Italian" is a bit overplayed these days so maybe that's why more people aren't reviewing this little gem. It's a winner and I will be keeping it handy!
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Great cookbook, recipes easy to follow! Just like being in a trattoria in Italy! Bought the book for my husband who loves to cook Italian!
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By MARYLE BARBE on September 29, 2013
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I HAVE MADE THE CARROT AND SQUASH SOUP WHICH WAS NICE AND THICK AND GOOD FOR AUTUMN DAYS IN THE NORTH. ALSO PORK SCALOPPINE WITH MARSALA SAUCE. SAUCE WAS GREAT BUT I THINK I WOULD DO IT WITH VEAL, INSTEAD OF THE PORK. THE SALAD WITH FENNEL, ENDIVE, HEARTS OF PALM, AND FARRO IS EXCELLENT!
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