- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811859290
- ISBN-13: 978-0811859295
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Big Night In: More Than 100 Wonderful Recipes for Feeding Family and Friends Italian-Style Paperback – September 1, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
While the phrase big night usually evokes an evening out on the town, for food writer Marchetti, it's all about keeping things close to home. A celebratory spirit permeates this well-designed title, divided primarily by course and featuring Italian-style dishes geared for entertaining. While there is a selection of easy-to-prepare yet guest-worthy dishes—farm stand sauté, rosemary-rubbed butterflied leg of lamb, double carbonara—this title isn't all about casual entertaining. Carefully planned multisectioned recipes such as the pasta timballo, stuffed veal involtini with a crumbled sausage sauce, and crepe cannelloni with zucchini and cheese stuffing are time-intensive yet sure to provide a wow factor on the table. A well-versed dessert chapter includes an assortment of crostatas and granitas. (Nov.)
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"A celebratory spirit permeates this well-designed title, divided primarily by course and featuring Italian-style dishes geared for entertaining. While there is a selection of easy-to-prepare yet guest-worthy dishes ... this title isn't all about casual entertaining. Carefully planned multisectioned recipes such as the pasta timballo, stuffed veal involtini with a crumbled sausage sauce, and crepe cannelloni with zucchini and cheese stuffing are time-intensive yet sure to provide a wow factor on the table." -- Publishers Weekly
"Food writer and cooking teacher Domenica Marchetti's charming book provides serving suggestions, variations and do-ahead tips to accompany approachable recipes like grilled Caesar Flank Steaks with Lemon-Anchovy Butter, Baked Farro Pudding, and Pork Ragu. Marchetti's creations are inventive enough to entice readers while still bordering on the familiar - try the Beef and Chestnut Stew with Marsala, which melds the homey flavors of winter into a warming dish." -- San Francisco Chronicle
Top Customer Reviews
So having said that, the best part: the recipes!
I got the book just prior to my turn to host my monthly book club. This is a group of 5 women who have been meeting and exchanging hosting dinners for over 10 years. We take pride in trying to create something special for each other each time we meet. I was excited to plan a Big Night In experience for them. After pouring over all the menus I decided on the Spicy Seafood Chowder, Spinach & Apple Salad and Frank's Garlic Bread. One reason I picked this was because we have a non meat eater in the group but also it was something I could mostly prepare ahead of time so I would not be fussing in the kitchen when my friends arrived. Domenica takes care to give "Do Ahead" tips that facilitate planning.
Well what a hit it was! Our conversation was frequently interrupted with exclamations of praise over each dish. I had made an entire loaf of the garlic bread thinking I would have leftovers. Well, there were nary a few crusts left.Read more ›
With music from the movie Big Night streaming in the background, we gathered at the table and spent 3 hours sharing stories about what we made and sampling each dish one by one. In the end, it was impossible to choose our top 3-5 like we usually do, everything was so good.
This book is thoughtfully written and well laid out. We appreciated the front matter with Tips for Planning a Big Night In, Equipment, and Ingredient Information. Domenica makes meal planning a cinch with the Menu Suggestions in the back which were well thought out. Full of mouth-watering photography and appealing recipes, it was hard to choose which to make. We ended up making 18 dishes (19 if you count 2 Minestrone soups) - now that's what I call a Big Night In - Italian family style!
The Cooks Notes, Do Ahead advice, and Goes With sections that were included in most recipes were constructive and wise. They gave us a good feeling for Domenica, at times we felt like she was in the kitchen with us or had become a friend whom we could phone if we needed cooking advice.
Overall, we liked the layout and design elements of the book. A couple people found the ingredient font size too small and hard to read especially with the darker colored ingredient boxes.
Our meal was served in three courses.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is excellent! Both the recipe and Domenica's writing style are wonderful. We made one of the recipes for a special dinner with friends. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul G.
This is my favorite cookbook! Every single recipe I try turns our perfectly.
Thank you for the great ideas and instruction. Read more