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La Cucina dei Poveri: Recipes from my Sicilian Grandparents Kindle Edition
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The introductory chapter of La Cucina dei Poveri and the prefaces to each recipe give casual but informative glimpses into Italian cooking as well as the culture of Italian American families. The recipes cover all seasons and a wide range of tastes and levels of formality. The ingredients called for are pure but rarely expensive, difficult to find, or in any other way daunting. The instructions are clear and sensibly sequenced, and so accurate that the many dishes I've prepared on my own have been identical to those the author has cooked for me. In a word, this is a cookbook is a treasure.
I'm a fussy eater and I've personally made at least half the dishes in the book and enjoyed them all. These recipes are, in a certain sense, less instructions on preparation than enticements to taste new flavors and improvise with your own ideas. There is also the opportunity to see how these dishes were prepared by the people who brought them to our shores. Prepare a few of these dishes and you'll understand that an Olive Garden is a wonderful thing in Tuscany, not in a mall.
Signore Lombardi has opened his childhood to us sharing his very personal culinary journey. Buy this book. Cook these dishes. Mangia bene! And always remember, "The better the groceries, the better the meal."