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Beyond The Pasta: Recipes, Language and Life with an Italian Family Kindle Edition
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His book has amazing recipes, wrapped in his story of his adventures in Italy. It's a very cool presentation of recipes within a story that helps each recipe tell a story. It reaffirmed my own wishes and dreams.
A fine brew of recipes, b&w photos, and colorful, anecdotal narrative. Keep this one in mind for Christmas gifts to travelers, epicures, and stay-at-homes who like to read about other people's adventures. --Julia Oliver, Alabama Writers' Forum
The kind of meals that you really find in Italian homes, prepared by someone's Nonna. What touched me most were the emotions in this book. Accessible recipes and a great story teller are a pretty unbeatable combination. --Fruttodellapassione.net
For those of us desk-side who long to learn about cultures and food ... I'm particularly fond of Beyond the Pasta: the journal-style writing is delightful and recipes basic and exceptional. --Anthony Dias Blue, "Blue Lifestyle Minute" --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B004Z2KDLK
- Publisher : Gemelli Press (December 30, 2013)
- Publication date : December 30, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2283 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0982102380
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,860,249 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The author spent a month living with an Italian family, learning the language, learning to cook, and simply immersing himself in Italian culture. This delightful book is part travel log and part cookbook. It was set up in a daily journal format, each day ending with a recipe. I love books like that! My only complaint is that I do wish that the book had more illustrations, and color ones at that. How can one publish a book on Italy with grainy, drab-looking black and white pictures?
I’ve tried out five of the recipes so far and will be trying out more. Four out of the five recipes have been absolute hits and the other one was still pretty good.
The Yogurt Cake was wonderful. I made some slight tweaks, as I sometimes do when cooking. Rather than using regular flour, I substituted with cake flour, to make the cake as light and spongy as possible.
The Zucchini and Onion Frittata was absolutely delicious. The family couldn’t get enough of it and I will be doubling the recipe from now on.
We loved the Spaghetti with Garlic and Anchovies. These recipes all reminded us of Italy!
And don’t even get me started on the Bean and Onion Bruschetta!
The Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives was packed with flavor and good, but not the best. I made a few mistakes, which I can remedy next time.
I wasn’t sure if I should give this book four or five stars. At one point I was even going to give it 3.5. Yet the more that I’ve re-read some of the parts, the fact that the recipes are so good, and finally, there’s simply nothing like reliving all the memories of Italy that he shares so beautifully, well, I just had to give it 5 stars.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“La dolce vita celebrates the fact that life is not only about a paycheck ... Life is about savoring the sunset, taking a rejuvenating nap in the middle go the day, pausing to appreciate the beauty of a rose on the side of the road, having your children's laughter fill your soul - letting those moments inspire your life. That might be more of a romantic perception than the exact truth of the situation, but it is certainly the truth I have come to witness, embrace and appreciate while living in Viterbo.”
“For me, the ‘Sweet Life’ is going into the kitchen, preparing food and serving it to the people I love and cherish. La Dolce Vita is found in those moments of life around a table where stories are told - old memories are relived and new memories are given life. It is where food ultimately unites us through the juxtaposition of laughter, tears, joy, sorrow, happiness, pain, and ecstasy.”
“Walking along the bank of the Tiber, I headed into Trastevere, the original Jewish ghetto of ancient Rome. Trastevere means “to traverse or to cross over” and it is still very much a working class neighborhood. The streets are very narrow and the well-worn and aged buildings are very close to each other, providing a time-forgotten atmosphere. This is not the prettiest part of Rome, but it feels the most authentic and that makes it beautiful.”
Top reviews from other countries
Love all the Italian family the descriptions of the places, the house and the recipes! Well done
I love the many expressions in Italian, it brings the language and the people closer to the reader.
If you have any connection with Italy, you will love this book. If you are planning a trip to Italy, this will be an excellent preparation. If neither is the case you might be seduced to go to Italy!
If you're a fan of all things Italian, as I am, you'll love this sparkling story of Mark's stay in an Italian household. Wait till you read about Cat Soup...and no, they don't boil up felines!