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The grandmother I dream of...
on February 21, 2012
I must say that I LOVE Biba! We dine at her restaurant a few times a year and her food is amazing! I have all her other cookbooks and she has talk me all the fundamentals of true Italian cooking (like garlic and Parmesan do not go with everything...lol). But when I saw in her newsletter that this book was coming out, I hesitated to buy it, because many of her books overlap, and I figured that I probably had most of the book. But while lunching at the restaurant, I was able to flip through it and I noticed this book is different than the others; it is more geared towards quick meals. Something her other books are definitely Not! Biba flavor without slaving in the kitchen all day? Sold! She even talks about how these are recipes she throws together after a long day, or for her grandkids when they come over (Can I be your grandkid, Biba?). The recipes are simple, with not too many ingredients, and ment to be tossed,with good store bought pasta (please don't ruin the flavors by putting them on crappy super cheap Walmart pasta. If its not made in Italy, that's a bad sign...). There's also a lot of variety, not just twenty versions of ragu.
One tip, quality and freshness make all the difference. If you think canned Parmesan is an acceptable ingredient, and good pasta sauce comes in a jar...you have a long way to go! Homemade spaghetti sauce can be done in 10 minutes, and taste amazing!
Buy the book, you're family will love you for it!