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Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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"The recipes in the book are handed down from harder times when money was dear and nothing went to waste. The author writes that a Tuscan proverb sums up the message behind the book, which translates to `we were better off when things were worse.' "I think that pretty much describes the situation we are facing now. But if being strapped tastes this good, I'm not going to mind." --Kate Lawson, The Detroit News
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Pamela Sheldon Johns gives culinary workshops in several regions of Italy, and is the owner of an agriturismo in Montepulciano that has a 1,250-tree olive farm. A regular visitor to Italy for nearly three decades, she has written sixteen cookbooks, many with distinctly Italian themes (Gelato!: Italian Ice Creams, Sorbetti, and Granite, The Williams-Sonoma Collection: Risotto, Prosciutto, Pancetta, Salame, etc.). Her latest work "Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking" focuses on peasant dishes borne of necessity and hardship that are now served in restaurants around the world.
Hit particularly hard during and after WWII, many Tuscan families lived on the brink of starvation, forced to forage and hunt. Leftovers were scrupulously reused, particularly unsalted bread.Read more ›
Stories surrounding the recipes warmed my heart...and reminded me of my Italian grandmother.
The recipes are inspiring. Wonderful food made with simple ingredients. These dishes were meant to be shared.
I still use my mother's recipes but I also have enjoyed cooking from many Italian cookbooks over the years. My favorite Italian cookbook is "Recipes from an Italian Farmhouse" by Valentina Harris. Simple recipes yet interesting in their diversity.
When I read all the five start reviews for Cucina Povera by Pamela Sheldon Johns I was intrigued and ordered the book through Amazon. Once it arrived I was disappointed. The introduction was so long and overblown that I lost interest quickly. The recipes are nothing exciting...pretty basic run of the mill stuff. The obligatory tripe recipe, of course the hare stews and of course the crostini....and so forth. Pamela Johns is not Italian but was raised in the Midwest. She says she travelled through Italy etc. but I still find the book lacking.
If you have no other Italian cookbooks this would be okay to get you going. For the experienced cook or those of peasant Italian heritage I would recommend you save your $$$.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cookbook was very light on recipes and heavy on stories. Beautiful pictures.Published 2 months ago by bufgardner
Excellent cookbook as well as a wonderful read. The author gives vivid details and descriptions about the food, the culture, and the people of Italy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
great recipes that take me back to my childhood in Italy. Several recipes were familiar from my grandmother's kitchen, and reading this book was a delightfult flashback to the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Craig
This cook book had recipes from the central Tuscan villages where my mother and father come from. There are recipes that my mother use to cook for us when I was a boy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Arthur Rossi
The recipes are interesting as well as delicious. Many of the recipes are not thr run of the mill Italian offering. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bruce MacGill
Great book of stories and and covering a full range of Tuscan peasant menu ideas - interesting how so many of these originally simple recipes have been adapted by others to include... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael MacDonald
We visited Pamela's cooking school near Montepulciano last June and brought the Kindle version of the cookbook for convenience sake. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Milos Dad