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The Duke's Table: The Complete Book of Vegetarian Italian Cooking Hardcover – March 26, 2013

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In 1930, a Sicilian nobleman published a book of Italian vegetarian cooking. Although vegetarianism had not attained the status it enjoys today, Alliata recognized that his fellow Sicilians could scarcely afford to eat red meat on a regular basis. The abundance of fruits and vegetables on the Mediterranean island made vegetarianism a logical and viable alternative, and Alliata set out to document this cuisine. Contemporary cooks may be inspired by his pizzas and mozzarella pies, which make for ideal first courses or cocktail nibbles. He exhibits a puckish sense of humor in presenting a dessert—“fried egg surprise”—concocted in a frying pan from apricot halves atop rounds of whipped cream. Recipes have been updated to reflect modern measurements, but Alliata’s instructions still need some interpretation, even by a reasonably adept and experienced cook. A novel system of serially numbering recipes makes cross-referencing a breeze and deserves to set a new model for cookbook organization. --Mark Knoblauch

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“Italians are masters of vegetarian cuisine, as this compendium attests. […] The book is impressive in its variety and breadth.” La Cucina Italiana
 
"[Alliata] exhibits a puckish sense of humor... A novel system of serially numbering recipes makes cross-referencing a breeze and deserves to set a new model for cookbook organization." Booklist

"A fascinating and fresh spin on Italian food."—Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; 1 edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612191398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612191393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Babe on June 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What an interesting cookbook! All very easy recipes, and some very unusual ones, but everything I've cooked so far is delicious. The non-vegs in the family have liked it too. It's also such a pretty book - fun to leaf through if you like reading cookbooks, which I do!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SandrasKitchenNook on October 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book was a bit of a surprise for me. I'm NOT a vegetarian, but we are trying to eat healthy so I'm always on the hunt for good, tasty vegetable dishes that my family will enjoy. I absolutely LOVE cooking Italian, and I was expecting exactly what the title said--vegetarian ITALIAN cooking. I was a little surprised when I started seeing all of these recipes like "British Rice", "English Style Vegetarian Meatballs" and "German Cake", but I actually laughed out loud when I kept finding dishes from Australia, Holland, Chili, Russia and more! There are lots of Italian recipes, and they're very good--at least the ones I've cooked so far. There are classics intermixed with recipes I've never heard of. This book is so much fun just to read through!

There is one caveat for this book. If you are not at least somewhat comfortable with cooking, this would not be the book for you. For example, Bocconcini di Sostanza (Tasty Tidbits) has an ingredient list of 3 ingredients (though you'll find at least one more in the directions), but NO measurements. This is very common throughout the book. Some have amounts, some do not. The directions can be as bad. The Milk and Egg Soufflé simply tells you to "pour into a greased mold and steam cook."

Everything I have cooked out of it so far has turned out great, and I love the funny little gems I keep stumbling across. If you're a comfortable to expert cook, you might really enjoy this book. I know I did!

I was sent a copy of this book by Melville House Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike C. on November 13, 2013
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While this is an interesting book from a historical perspective, I did not find the recipes to be that appealing. Also, the book was poorly edited with many errors, especially in the numbering of various basic elements used in different recipes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By shanapiranha on August 22, 2013
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This was a review I heard on NPR recently which I thought was helpful. It made me want to look into this book further so I thought I would share it so others could as well.
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