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Not for a real italian cook!,
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This review is from: Now Eat This! Italian: Favorite Dishes from the Real Mamas of Italy--All Under 350 Calories (Hardcover)
Got this book yesterday, returning it today. While there are some interesting ideas, this book just wasn't for me. Pasta made with egg white powder and "vital wheat gluten" (whatever that is!)...I don't think so. Olive oil that you add water and xanthan gum too...but don't cook with it or it will seperate...yum? Also, any recipe that used marinara sauce, called for a jarred variety. If anything is low fat in italian cooking, it is a homemade marinara sauce. Also, almost all the pasta is something odd (at least to me)..100% kamut integrate spaghetti (what's that?)or organic oat bran penne...I be driving from here to NYC trying to find some of this stuff. I will just eat smaller portions of the good stuff!
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Initial post: Jan 6, 2013 11:22:47 AM PST
you obviously don't understand the concept.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013 4:12:37 PM PST
wow, that's not very nice. I certainly understand the concept. I just said it wasn't for me. My Italian husband, father or mother-in-law, who can cook circle around anyone, would be able to whip up a low-fat italian meal without using "vital wheat gluten and olive oil mix with water and xanthan gum". Sorry, but xanthan gum is an additive. When you see xanthan gum labeled on products at the supermarket, you realize that you are buying an industrial processed product. Again, not something I want to use or consume. Maybe I understand the concept a bit better than you think.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2013 10:16:09 AM PDT
I agree with you. I'm Italian. Actually, Italian cuisine can be very simple. Just think of the original Neapolitan pizza: good flour, good tomato sauce, good Mozzarella cheese and good olive oil and some basil leaves. That's all! Of course nowadays we know that wholemeal food is healthy and white flower and white rice etc. is not. However, there are also whole-grain noodles made of wheat. In Europe they cost about 4 dollars. Quinoa noodles cost more than double as much. In addition to this, the whole protein hype is so terrible. So much turkey, chicken etc. is being eaten. We don't need so much. This has been scientifically proven. So we actually don't need quinoa noodles. And I also ask myself... what about lentils, beans, chickpeas? Our grandparents used to eat them often. They are healthy and cheap. Anyway, I guess Rocco must adapt to market demands...
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2013 10:38:22 PM PDT
E. Major says:
Well I'm italian too ladies but need gluten free foods to live and and yes some of these ingredients do have the gluten processed out and these recipes allows people like me who cannot eat whole wheat, etc. ENJOY italian food without becoming deathly I'll! Bravo Rocco!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2013 12:31:41 PM PDT
Janice Hastie says:
I definately agree with E. Major. Having to be gluten free not by choice but for health reasons, alot of those ingredients are in my normal daily eating habits. So for people like us, it is nice to have a cookbook that provides some good recipes with good taste also without the side effects of gluten products. Can't wait to try some of the recipes. Thank you Rocco!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2013 9:25:52 PM PST
Whats not very nice? I too believe you are missing the concept. It is to reduce calories. Pasta is high in calories.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2013 5:00:07 PM PST
Pasta is not high in calories...what you put on it is what you have to be watchful for.
Posted on Sep 24, 2015 8:33:29 PM PDT
Is Rocco kidding? WHO can find these things AND WHO has the time to make ur own pasta?
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