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"The Way It Was" "Old World Italian Recipes For New World Cooks" [Kindle Edition]

A. J. Buonpastore
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Book Description

"The Way It Was" "Old World Italian Recipes For New World Cooks" is an extraordinary collection of mouth-watering hard to find old world Italian specialty recipes. Delicious recipes with origins from the Basalicata region of Italy. It is a sad fact of life that many things including foods that were once the mainstay of family living are slowly slipping unintentionally into oblivion. Those special recipes that took hours to prepare will be lost forever unless we the keepers of the past take the time to preserve their memories as well as we remember them to be in books such as this. I have fond memories of those days long past and have tried to pass to my children the importance of family and the good times we shared and enjoyed together. Today the phrase that is most commonly used is bonding. When I was growing up it was only natural for our family to sit together around the kitchen table to eat dinner and enjoy the meal that Mom had spent all day cooking for us; we would talk to each other without the disruption of a loud TV in the background or someones cell phone ringing or someone paying attention to a new text message they just received. Well my friends their is nothing that I can think of that is more bonding or more wonderful than sitting with your loved ones enjoying each other and having a great dinner together. NOTE: The recipes in this book "The Way It Was" are the same as those written in my Italian recipe book titled "EZ Italian Cooking". This much larger edition is with photos and commentary of days gone by.

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About the Author

A.J.Buonpastore is probably one of the most informed, experienced author of any cookbook or recipe book available anywhere. His vast knowledge of fine foods expands over more than five decades. A. J. started in the food business as a youngster delivering groceries for a neighborhood meat, fish and produce market. At an early age A. J. owned and operated his very own Italian delicatessen and produce market. Eventually becoming manager of one of Philadelphia's most prestigious and well known fancy food and gourmet shops. Learning how to cook from his beloved mother the delicious recipes presented in "The Way It Was". A.J. is also author of the very fascinating and dynamic positive thinking book "Forces Of The Mind" just released by Amazon. Email contact: ( )

Product Details

  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453787275
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VG3MEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Favorites March 12, 2012
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Being 100% Italian (married name hides that wonderful fact) that grew up in New York I cannot thank you enough for this cookbook. I really appreciate seeing all these recipes (some I had forgotten) that were and still are affordable and many made from homegrown ingredients.

Completely agree with Buonpastore's sprinkling of 'The Way It Was' comments like "Homes were cold but people were warmer... Delicious aromas emanating from the kitchen".

Oh how I miss my Mom and Nana's cooking. Those were the days.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great food ideas - and nice stores too!!! February 11, 2011
By Joe B
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The receipes in this book are very good!!! They remind me of how food was prepared years ago. Additionally the short stories that accompany the food preparation are entertaining. I highly recommend this book!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mangia bene! March 12, 2012
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A. J. Buonpastore's "The Way It Was" "Old World Italian Recipes For New World Cooks" is the kindle version of his 2010 The Way It Was: Old World Italian Recipes For New World Cooks, which is still available. Unfortunately he didn't include the pictures from the print version in the Kindle - rare old photos from what looks to be the 1870s or thereabout.

It is nice to see someone of my father's generation (Dad was almost 90 when he died a couple of years ago) writing about growing up during the Great Depression. I've heard my own parents' versions of a number of A.J.'s stories and remember going to the movies for 10 cents myself! If you never cook a single thing from the book, you'll enjoy the stories.

"The Way It Was" "Old World Italian Recipes For New World Cooks" is not an exhaustive treatise on Italian food but rather a collection of the kind of thing that busy women with large families to feed relied on from day to day. A. J. does not give measurements for most things like spices. His mother didn't measure that way, so he didn't learn to cook that way. My Grandma measured everything in her hand too, something I greatly admired, so I deliberately set out to learn to do it myself (and translate!). That "spot the size of a dime" he talks about is about a half-teaspoon.

There are some minor formatting issues with the way that the recipe spacing translates over from the print version, but A.J. did insure that the Table of Contents is both present and interactive.

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By Beth W.
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WOW!! What an amazing Italian cookbook. This book was recommended to me by a friend and she was right on how great the Italian recipes are!!! They are very easy and simple to follow and also taste GREAT!! You must try the meatball recipe. My family was eating them as they were coming out of the frying pan. I had to make another batch of them. They are also great to freeze and have on hand at anytime! I have also tried a few other recipes and they also are great! My family just loves this cookbook and especially when I try a new recipes. Shared it with my mother-in-law who grew up in an Italian family and it brought back lots of memories of her childhood! You must buy this book and try the recipes. A new cook can sure follow these recipes with no problem at all...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I ATE MY COPY!!!! July 19, 2013
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This is a book to buy, cook from, LEARN from and PASS ON to loved ones. A joy to read and own! I have had it for two months and it already has grease spots! The only cookbook I actually leave out of the cupboard on the microwave. Buy a copy for your teenagers, twenty-something's, and newly weds. What an incredible bargain and my last fave- uses everyday, completely AFFORDABLE ingredients. You won't have to spend $6. At the grocery for something you never use again.


Bon Appetit!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clam Happy Recipient February 5, 2013
By Smaug
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I gave this as a gift and she's happy as the preverbal clam and so am I.... Good food outcomes. {;->
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like the historical notes :) December 20, 2012
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The recipes are really delicious. I like how the author reminds us that this style of cooking doesn't have to be complicated. What I really enjoy where the notes on life back in the day, it's like visiting with a grandparent when reading the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful December 6, 2012
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Very well written and an uncle sharing family recipes late at night at the kitchen table. It is a keeper!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
This is one of the first Kindle books I read. I enjoyed it. There are some recipes that look good, but I haven't tried any yet.
Published 4 months ago by Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet!
If you want to learn to cook like they really did when they came over from Italy, get this book. It has so many recipes that my grandmother made, but she didnt use recipes!! Read more
Published on November 13, 2012 by carolynm58
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful cookbook
My husband has strong Italian roots in San Francisco. He kes asking me to make Chicken Cacciatore, and in the 30 years of being married I have never got it right until I tried the... Read more
Published on June 17, 2012 by Hazel Philbrook
4.0 out of 5 stars The Way It Was" "Old World Italian Recipes For New World Cooks
This book downloaded right to my Kindle Fire. It was easy reading. I loved the recipes. I saved the book on my device so my husband could read it also.
Published on May 7, 2012 by Gloria Marrone
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and very good
I enjoy this book, have tried a few of the recipes and have not been disappointed. The Tomato Gravy recipe is an awesome sauce for meatball subs. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Dawn L Madden
4.0 out of 5 stars Trying to improve on Italian
I chef all the meals at your house. Enjoy cooking so much I went to a one year chef school - though my profession is in another direction. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by J. A. R. Ncp
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About The Author
In the twilight of my years (shudder) I am finely getting around to doing some of the things that I wanted to do all my life. One of those bucket things I guess. I always wanted to write but never gave it the required time it needs. Simply because like most of us I was too busy trying to make a living.
The lyrics in one of Mr. Frank Sinatra's hit songs pretty much sums up my background: "I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king. I've been up and down and over and out but I know one thing." I could easily add a lot more to the list above and of course I was never a pirate or ever a king.
The things not included in the above list would be author, writer, publisher; that is not until now. I should have been writing books all my life because I enjoy it so much. If I had it in my power to speak to all who may be in my age group I would say to them don't ever give up your dreams, it's never too late. If I had it in my power to speak to everyone else I would say to them, dreams really do come true.
I have written six books in various genres, three are cookbooks one of which is titled "The Way It Was" An Italian recipe cookbook that's different than most because along with delicious hard to find recipes it tells the story of how life was really like for me growing up in the big city "South Philadelphia". "EZ Italian Cooking" and "EZ Seafood Cooking" are two other titles. "How-To Make a Fortune in The Cleaning Business" is another (yes, I was also in the cleaning business), "Dante's Dream" one of my favorites which is a fairytale that I am sure someday will make it to a Hollywood film production company. Let's not forget "Forces of the Mind" a book everyone should read because it proves that anyone can accomplish anything if you truly believe that you can.
The list of books above has quite a variety of subjects; if it weren't for the new digital methods of publishing you probably wouldn't be reading this now or ever. The notion determined by starched shirt publishers and old school publishing houses that suggested and in many cases insisted, that a writer stay within the genre of his or her expertise. The idea that a writer stay within a particular genre is in my opinion ludicrous. For where do authors writing in the children's fairytale genre get there experience? The answer is simply, no where else except from their own inventive and imaginative minds.
Authors should write in whatever genre they are comfortable with. Authors who may do so are called, "cross genre authors" and frequently disguise there real names by using a pseudonym or pen name. I thought about using a pen name and it would have been a translation of my real last name which is "Goodshepherd" but then I thought to what purpose would it serve? A few of the books above that I have written are based on factual experiences and research, others are from my inventive and imaginative mind (where else would they come from?).


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