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Claire's Italian Feast: 165 Vegetarian Recipes from Nonna's Kitchen Paperback – October 1, 1998

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When Criscuolo's grandmother came to America from Amalfi in Southern Italy, she brought a wealth of family recipes with her, which the author has prepared for her customers at Claire's Corner Copia restaurant in New Haven, Conn. It's a tribute to the variety of ingredients that one can read through dozens of dishes presented here before realizing that they are all meat-free. Making Italian-style vegetarian cooking alluring are appetizers such as White Bean and Mint Salad; pasta dishes like Linguine with Pumpkin Sauce; and entr?es such as Potato and Onion Frittata, Spinach Risotto and Pizza Amalfitan (rectangular, with fresh tomatoes and Parmesan cheese). There are chapters on stocking the pantry, planning menus and concocting festive desserts, with many hints along the way on using meat substitutes, cooking dried beans and preparing unusual vegetables (cippoline, broccoli rabe and squash blossoms, for example). Despite some deep-frying, dishes are generally light and often as simple as pasta tossed with olive oil, garlic and capers. Family reminiscences lend warmth, supporting Criscuolo's assertion that in her household "love was served on the platters."
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Because of religious traditions that for many years mandated meatless Fridays, Italian cooking has always had an undercurrent of vegetarianism. Easy availability of fresh local produce in town markets only enhanced this tendency. Experienced cookbook author Criscuolo turns to recipes from her Italian-born grandmother for her newest vegetarian cookbook, and she turns out simple, attractive recipes that will delight anyone eager for Italian dishes without meat. Like all good Italian cooking, Criscuolo's recipes rely on the best ingredients, simply presented. She offers risotto prepared in the traditional manner but with broth made from spinach. Only a few recipes call for meat substitutes, but there is a profusion of cheese, whose sharp, distinctive pungencies are not readily duplicated by soy-based substitutes. Criscuolo's imaginative approach combined with Italian cooking's popularity makes this book a good selection. Mark Knoblauch
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452278813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452278813
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I lived in New Haven for many years and enjoyed going to Claire's Corner Copia at least once a week during luchtime. The food was delicious, inexpensive, and the restaurant was small and cozy, with great casual atmosphere, and a very friendly staff. I moved to the west coast in the mid-80's and really missed my weekly walk to Claire's. I was so excited to find this book! It brought back many good memories, and now I can recreate the great food I used to enjoy. The ingredients are easy to find, and the food is filling and satisfying. I also have her Claire's Corner Copia Cookbook, which I highly recommend getting as well.
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The recipes are affordable, the explanations are accurate and helpful. Instructions are easy to follow. I have many cookbooks. This is in the top 5 of my favorites. Recipes all, so far, are excellent.
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If you are a vegetarian keeping meals interesting can be a challenge. Claire has done the hard work of converting traditional recipes into healthy vegetarian meals. If you are ever in New Haven, make sure to eat a Claire's.
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Wonderful stories and wonderful recipes. The recipes are easy to make and easy to tailor to your own tastes. As an Italian American I found recipes similar to those in my own family and a host of new ones. My mother's people come from San Fele and my father's from Sicily.
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This cook book is a feast for the eye and the soul. If you are ever in New Haven CT you must go Basta, Claire's Italian resturant, located right next to her Vegetarian eatery Clair's Corner Coppia. You will thank me.....and we must all thank Claire for sharing such wonderful family recipes with all of us!
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