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Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites: Quick and Delicious Recipes from an Italian Kitchen Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Esposito, best known for her authentic and inspired take on rustic Italian cooking, has taken a crack at the ubiquitous quick/easy genre in her latest book, offering 75 recipes that focus on five main ingredients. Immediately appealing, Esposito's warm tone echoes throughout the book, offering quick trips down memory lane. At a time when most families are tightening their belts, an array of effortless, five-ingredient recipes is most welcome, especially since most are to be served family style. (However, many recipes have a high calorie count that might turn off health-conscious cooks.) For the most part, Esposito sticks to old Italian favorites—spaghetti carbonara, fried shrimp, and panna cotta. The salad and antipasto chapters are superb, with knockouts like roasted asparagus and carrot salad and spicy soppressata tartlets. But considering that six of the eight pasta dishes contain no vegetables, and decadent dishes like pasta bundles with taleggio cheese and pears call not only for butter but two types of cheese, readers may get frustrated at having to flip to the vegetables chapter to find them. (Sept.)
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“Ciao Italia Pronto gives us everything we have come to expect from Mary Ann - real Italian food, helpful tips and suggestions and an engaging style. But this book lets us have it all in less than thirty minutes! Pronto? Bravissima!” ―Nancy Verde Barr, author of We Called It Macaroni and Make it Italian on Ciao Italia Pronto:30 Minute Recipes from an Italian Kitchen
“Mary Ann Esposito Gets right to the heart of real Italian cooking in Ciao Italia Pronto!: no-fuss recipes that are quickly made but bursting with flavor. This is Italian home cooking at its best.” ―Nick Magleri, author of Perfect Cakes and How to Bake on Ciao Italia Pronto:30 Minute Recipes from an Italian Kitchen
“Mary Ann Esposito's new tome of slow cooked classics hits America right in the appetite with exactly what we are longing for and what we are missing. These spectacular, yet simple, recipes are easy to shop for, simple to prepare and give me a window of readiness that means everyone can always eat together, sharing a comforting kind of Italian cooking that says "grandma" in every language known to mankind's love of the absolutely delicious... Brava, Mary Ann!!!!!!!” ―Mario Batali on Ciao Italia Slow and Easy: Casseroles, Braises, Lasagne and Stews from an Italian Kitchen
“For years I've wondered why somebody hasn't produced a much-needed cookbook exploring Italy's many regional casseroles and stews. Now, finally, Mary Ann Esposito has more than filled the bill with this amazing collection of sumptuous but easy recipes that--at least for me--define the very heart of authentic Italian cooking. From a layered cornmeal pie with sausage and wild mushrooms, to a Sardinian mixed seafood cassola, to an utterly fascinating array of unusual pasta and fruit casseroles, the book is an exciting tour of no-nonsense Italian kitchens bursting with enticing aromas, succulent flavors, and, to be sure, lots of soul-warming cheer.” ―James Villas, author of Crazy for Casseroles on Ciao Italia Slow and Easy: Casseroles, Braises, Lasagne and Stews from an Italian Kitchen
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