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The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook: Big Recipes from the Smallest State Paperback – November 1, 2005

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From the Back Cover

Rhode Islanders have an ongoing fascination with food. Some attribute this to the state's ethnic mix: a large Italian population that has an inherent love of food, wine, and the good life; people of French and Portuguese descent, whose ancestral recipes are now a part of Rhode Island cuisine; and the Native Americans who were the first to use the bounty of the sea and land to prepare their meals. Whatever the reasons, Rhode Island's food traditions are steeped in history and today are part of a vibrant food subculture. In The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, author Linda Beaulieu explores the food of the Ocean State, especially in and around Providence, and reveals how such a small state can have so many big flavors.
With more than 200 recipes and engaging sidebars about food, local lore, and state history, this book celebrates the dishes and culinary terms that are unique to Rhode Island. Home cooks will learn how to make their own Wimpy Skippys (spinach pies) or Zeppoles, and visitors will discover what a quahog is, how a cabinet can fit neatly in their hand, and why an Awful, Awful isn't awful at all.

Celebrate the State's Biggest Flavors with Recipes Such As:

South County Chicken Potpie
Buddy Cianci's Marinara Sauce
Lobster and Asparagus Agnolotti
Stuffed Quahogs
Lobster and Corn Fritters
Fried Doughboys with Honey Butter
Glocester Cranberry Apple Pie
Portuguese Sweet Bread
Rhode Island Indian Meal Cornbread
Zucchini Ribbons with Tomatoes and Black Olives
Narragansett Strudel
Little Compton Corn Chowder
Block Island Monkfish Wrapped in Bacon

About the Author

Linda Beaulieu is an award-winning food and travel writer. She is the author of Divine Providence: An Insider's Guide to the City's Best Restaurants and The Grapevine Guide to Rhode Island's Best Restaurants. She received the prestigious James Beard Award for magazine writing for an article on Native American food, which appeared in the National Culinary Review.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 1st edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762731370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762731374
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a native Rhode Islander transplanted to New York I found myself missing the old RI grub. I longed for "tree all da way" and Palmieri's Pizza Strips and a cold Del's, but to no avail. Nothing here compares to a weiner from Olneyville.

Are these recipes exact duplicates? Not quite, but close enough to take the edge off the homesickness. I highly recommend this book to any lost Rhode Islanders longing for home-even just a taste of it. Just the names conjure up memories of Providence and the ocean--Silver Lake Pizza, Coffee Milk, Lemon Squares and Zeppoles, Rhode Island Clear Chowda or Buddy Cianci's Marinara Sauce.

Now--if I could just figure out how to make Allie's Doughnuts.....
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I purchased this book because I grew up in Narragansett RI. (My great Grandfather was a chef in Providence.) I moved away and miss it terribly! These recipes brought back wonderful memories of my home state. Some of the recipes have a valuable familiarity about them that makes me smile. When I make food from this book, everyone is very impressed and I feel like a piece of home is always with me.
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Ever since my husband and I moved away from RI the thing I miss most is the food. This book is fantastic! It makes me less homesick every time we make one of the dishes in the book, most of them are right on the money when it comes to taste.

I highly recomend this wicked cool cookbook!!
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I have purchased this book for my brothers because it contains the recipes from our youth....and for my children, so that I can write anecdotes for them and keep the memories alive. This nostalgic collection of 'famous RI recipes' is just the best!
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Bought it as a gift for my New Englander father whose since moved out of the area. He'd accept no less than the most accurate of recipes to his childhood favorites -- literally everything he wanted was in this cookbook, and some things he'd never tried before. Comprehensive and thorough -- a must-have for anyone from the Ocean State.
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My husband is from the Providence area, and my in-laws still live there. When my 92 year old father-in-law passed the Holiday Frittata torch to me, I knew there was no way I could master his complicated recipe. I found a simple but fantastic frittata recipe in this wonderful cookbook that mixes in a single bowl and bakes in the oven, which has scored me big daughter-in-law points! Tons of other authentic Rhode Island recipes that bring back memories :)
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I bought the book years ago and loved it! I am from RI and now live in Connecticut, so it was a walk down memory lane. Somehow I misplaced the book and didn't thing I could get another one. I went on line and was so happy I found your book!! The receipes are great and easy to follow. My family and I are so happy!

Thank You!
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This book provides a good introduction of the state to the first time visitor to Rhode Island, as well as authentic recipes. It was also a welcome gift to my homesick aunt in California...
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