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The Italian Country Table Hardcover – October 6, 1999
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Covering every course of an Italian meal--from antipasti through pasta to vegetables and, of course, dessert--the book weaves recipes with vignettes exploring, for example, Puglia's ritual drying of winter tomatoes. Included also are notes on buying tips, special cooking techniques such as glazing, and discussions of culinary moment, like the nature of a true risotto Milanese. The immediately inviting recipes include such temptations as Mushrooms Stuffed with Radicchio and Asiago, Hot and Spicy Eggplant Soup, Leg of Lamb Glazed with Balsamic and Red Wine, and Espresso Ricotta Cream with Espresso Chocolate Sauce. Kasper also offers a chapter on focaccia, pizza, and bread, as well as menus, shopping sources, and a useful discussion of ingredients. (Taste before you buy, and then pause, she advises. "Aftertaste can reveal how a food's been stored, careless production, or foods going from mature to over the hill.") Concluding with a guide to Italian guest farms, folk life museums, and places to eat and shop, the book is a comprehensive introduction to basic but inspired home cooking and the traditions that both contain and nurture it. --Arthur Boehm
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
How I adore this cookbook. I have a lot of cookbooks, and I always reach for this one first. First of all, you can read it like a novel. LRK's stories are wonderful, and hearing the origins -- anthropological, agricultural, familial, anecdotal --is really fun for a literary foodie type (like me).
THE SIMPLE-TO-COMPLEX CONTINUUM
But my appreciation of this book goes way beyond its bedside appeal. It's my first, best resource in the kitchen, too. I've noticed a few of the other reviewers found the recipes a little complex, and I'd like to address that. It's true that some are multi-step and use a lot of dishes. It's true that, say, the Tyrolean Pot Roast (*drool*) might take a couple tries before it comes out letter-perfect. But let me balance that by saying that:
(1) there are plenty of recipes so simple you'll find yourself using them every night. Like string beans with olive oil, salt and pepper (optional raw garlic halved and rubbed on the sides of the bowl). It's one of those foundational recipes accessible enough for a novice cook, and the technique may be applied to many vegetables.
(2) Even in Rossetto Kasper's more complicated recipes are not tricky because she explains them so well. It's really hard to take traditional recipes passed down through generations without measurements, cooking by feel, and in another language, no less -- and translate them into a coherent step-by-step set of instructions. That's exactly what Rossetto Kasper has done, though -- she takes recipes a la nonna (grandma recipes) and converts them into accessible text that any home cook can achieve if they really try.Read more ›
I know because I first met her in 1984; I prepared a dinner for her that year, using a new recipe for butterflied leg of lamb on the grill, and only later did I discover it was her recipe from an issue of "Bon Appetit". That meal was a highlight of my amateur career, shared only with the pleasure of being a part of her pre-publication surprise party for submission of the manuscript of "The Splendid Table".
Lynn's recipes live - - they talk to you. You experience them. This new volume is a must for lovers of good food and instructive cookbooks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good book for reference. Her cookbooks are always good.Published 1 month ago by Karen R. Shoppell
The recipes in this book are fresh and delicious. I love making food from this book!Published 19 months ago by Carolyn Dahl
This is a wonderful cook book, it is as much a story as it is a cookbook. It arrived promptly and in great shape.Published on November 27, 2013 by resource teacher
I loved this cookbook, not only for the wonderful recipes of honest traditional Italian food, but the descriptions of the traditions that went with the dishes as well. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by BellaFoto
Full of recipes for new-to-me dishes that can be prepared without having to venture out with a long shopping list, as most of the ingredients are in my garden or in my cupboard. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by V. Nalbantian
I have owned this great cookbook and use it regularly, sent this as a gift and they love it too!Published on July 1, 2013 by Mike Fazio
Love the "look inside" feature of the book. The narrative looks interesting but
I choose cookbooks based on how a recipe is written. Read more
This is an excellent starter book for the ordinary cook who wants the inside scoop on the kitchen habits of generations of Italian women. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Judith