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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillian; 1st edition (November 30, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025202529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025202528
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caggiano is the chef/owner of a restaurant in Sacramento, California, as well as author of two previous books on Italian cooking. Her latest work is a collection of recipes from trattorias all over Italy as well as trattoria-style recipes of her own devising: simple, authentic food like Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Peas. Although some of the recipes are good versions of standards, there are many regional dishes that will be less familiar to Americans. Caggiano loves good food and writes with enthusiasm. She also includes thoughtful wine suggestions as well as tips and "notes of interest" on ingredients, techniques, and variations. Recommended. Homestyle Books alternate.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Atrattoria is a home away from home for many Italians. Eating in a trattoria is like eating with an Italian family. The mood can be relaxed or boisterous and most of the time very friendly. The food is basic, simple, and honest. The trattoria is a place patronized by young families, by older people on a fixed income, by students, by singles, and by anybody who simply wants to recapture the aroma and taste of a good home-cooked meal. —from the Introduction Biba Caggiano has traveled extensively throughout Italy, seeking out trattorie and collecting recipes at their source, and Trattoria Cooking brings together more than two hundred of Biba's favorite authentic recipes. Trattoria Cooking is filled with dishes that exemplify the simplicity and comfort of this homestyle cooking: Fettunta con Spinaci (Tuscan Garlic Bread with Spinach), Zuppa di Cipolle e Pane (Onion and Bread Soup), Rigatoni alla Fornaia (Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Pesto, and Ricotta), Risotto alla Mozzarella Affumicata (Risotto with Smoked Mozzarella). Entrees are well represented with such recipes as Pollo in Padella con Melanzane e Zucchine (Pan Roasted Chicken with Eggplant and Zucchini) and Buridda (Baked Assorted Fish, Tomatoes, and Onions Genova Style), and vegetables are celebrated in all their freshness and versatility—Piselli alla Pancetta Fritta (Peas with Fried Pancetta), Fagiolini con le Alici e Aglio (String Beans with Anchovies and Garlic), and Padellata di Verdure in Agrodolce (Sweet-and-Sour Mixed Sautéed Vegetables). In addition, there are recipes for homey polentas, filling pizzas, calzones, and frittatas, and such mouthwatering desserts as the flourless Torta di Mele della Trattoria Montagliara (Trattoria Montagliari Apple Cake) and the classic Tiramisú. As typifies trattoria cooking, the recipes are straightforward and easy to follow, accompanied by cooking tips, anecdotes, and wine suggestions. Trattoria Cooking begins with an overview of Italian ingredients, and ends with a list of more than one hundred trattorie with their addresses, in case you'd like to sample trattoria cooking at the source. For those who like their food simple and satisfying, Trattoria Cooking will be a constant kitchen companion.

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As the Italian Food Host @ Bella Online, and an avid cookbook collector, I think this book is one of my favorite.
Deborah Mele
Biba captures the spirit of Italy, the passion for food and wine and the inspiration that comes during a truly great meal with family and friends.
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Every single one I've tried has turned out perfectly the first time, including the penne which is still one of my favorites.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MOVIE MAVEN on April 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We returned home from vacation in Rome with tons of memories and lots of recipes, all except the one I really wanted: the one dish that was our favorite, the one I laughed at the first time I saw it on the menu. "Do they really want someone to order pasta with lettuce?"
Back in New York City, I haunted book shops and the Library for an American "translation" of PENNE AL RADICCHIO E PANCETTA. A friend found it for us in "Trattoria Cooking" and gave us the book as a gift.
I cannot tell you how many times this easy-to-use, non-intimidating volume has saved dinner. The book is loaded with simple, authentic, family-style recipes. Every single one I've tried has turned out perfectly the first time, including the penne which is still one of my favorites. Caggiano does not drown her collection with overripe prose. Instead, she explains in one or two paragraphs why she has chosen the recipe and the region and specific trattoria it comes from. She also suggests the best wine to go with dinner. No glossy magazine photos either. Just good food. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Mele on March 17, 2000
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Having lived in Italy myself for eight years, I learned to love the simplicity of the wonderful food served in trattorias across the country. Biba manages to share this in this cookbook, allowing even the most novice cook to be able to prepare wonderful food. As the Italian Food Host @ Bella Online, and an avid cookbook collector, I think this book is one of my favorite. I have personally tried every one of her gnocchi recipes and could recommend them all. This is definately a must have book for any Italian food lover. My only complaint is that there are no photographs, which would have made this book near perfect in my eyes!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2001
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"Trattoria Cooking" inspires and delights. The recipes are accompanied by stories of their origins, alternative serving suggestions, wines hints...all in all, an approach to the cooking experience that let's the reader feel comfortable. Great flavors abound inside the cover.
A small word of caution needs to be offered. Beware those of you who are calorie conscious. This book is not moderate in its results. Your grandmother's grandmother would be proud of these recipes. You will want to eat more of this wonderful stuff.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1997
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Some of Caggiano's recipes took me straight back to my Neapolitan Grandmothers kitchen. She reminded me that often it's not what you put in a recipe, but sometimes, what you don't put in, that makes all the difference in the world. Great recipes to cook and eat from a place where love food and wine seem to belong together
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Baywatch on March 5, 2005
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It's hard to forgive a person who once co-authored a cookbook with Leo Bascaglia, but Biba does well here. Recipes range from antipasti to desserts, and include basics such as chicken and meat broth, homemade pasta and gnocchi, and pizza dough. Some recipes are a bit involved, but they don't require difficult techniques or equipment (Caggiano always instructs us to run tomatoes through a food mill to remove seeds, but I ignore this). My favorites include Fried Veal Meatballs, Risotto with Smoked Mozzarella, and Frozen Zabaglione.

This is a nice big hardcover, but no pictures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane on February 21, 2010
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I've had this book for many years and use it all the time. I've travelled in Italy, as have others who comments on the book, and bought it because I wanted to perhaps make at home the wonderfully varied and satisfying foods of the trattoria. So many recipes in this book have become mainstays - the Crostini Piccanti recipe creates a spread that is unbelievably simple, good, and different. Whenever I have it at a party, people ask for the recipe. I also love many of the pasta and soup recipes. Enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Kortebein on February 2, 2000
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"Trattoria Cooking" reveals the simplicity of Italian home cooking. Unfortunately some recipes work better than others. The recipes could have been tested and refined a bit. However, you CAN have success with the recipes the book gives you if you're willing to experiment and not take every recipe at face value. But experimentation and refinement is a big part of cooking, isn't it? Biba's wine recommendations for each dish are very helpful aspect of the book for those of us who aren't wine experts. Get "Cucina & Famiglia" before you buy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hyo on December 29, 2011
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I admit I really like all her cookbooks, but this is my
favorite. A wide variety of foods, from soups to dessert,
most unlike anything in other cookbooks
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