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Covering every course of an Italian meal--from antipasti through pasta to vegetables and, of course, dessert--the book weaves recipes with vignettes exploring, for example, Puglia's ritual drying of winter tomatoes. Included also are notes on buying tips, special cooking techniques such as glazing, and discussions of culinary moment, like the nature of a true risotto Milanese. The immediately inviting recipes include such temptations as Mushrooms Stuffed with Radicchio and Asiago, Hot and Spicy Eggplant Soup, Leg of Lamb Glazed with Balsamic and Red Wine, and Espresso Ricotta Cream with Espresso Chocolate Sauce. Kasper also offers a chapter on focaccia, pizza, and bread, as well as menus, shopping sources, and a useful discussion of ingredients. (Taste before you buy, and then pause, she advises. "Aftertaste can reveal how a food's been stored, careless production, or foods going from mature to over the hill.") Concluding with a guide to Italian guest farms, folk life museums, and places to eat and shop, the book is a comprehensive introduction to basic but inspired home cooking and the traditions that both contain and nurture it. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
The recipes in this book are fresh and delicious. I love making food from this book!Published 10 months ago by Carolyn Dahl
This is a wonderful cook book, it is as much a story as it is a cookbook. It arrived promptly and in great shape.Published 24 months ago by resource teacher
I loved this cookbook, not only for the wonderful recipes of honest traditional Italian food, but the descriptions of the traditions that went with the dishes as well. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by BellaFoto
Full of recipes for new-to-me dishes that can be prepared without having to venture out with a long shopping list, as most of the ingredients are in my garden or in my cupboard. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by V. Nalbantian
I have owned this great cookbook and use it regularly, sent this as a gift and they love it too!Published on July 1, 2013 by Mike Fazio
Love the "look inside" feature of the book. The narrative looks interesting but
I choose cookbooks based on how a recipe is written. Read more
This is an excellent starter book for the ordinary cook who wants the inside scoop on the kitchen habits of generations of Italian women. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Judith
My husband is an Italian food lover, and being familiar with a few recipes in the book from The Splendid Table show I decided to give it a try. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Belen