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The Cooking of Italy (Foods of The World Series Time Life)
(1968 Original version)
* My all-time personal favorite!
by: Waverly Root
Incredibly in-depth document on regional Italian Food! It is nearly impossible to imagine a more complete reference book on the often over-looked and easily misunderstood subject of Regional Italian Cuisine and Culture (the two seem to go hand in hand). With two indexes (one for food references and another "general" for names and places) make this book indispensable for anyone who has an interest in anything Italian. This book, coupled with "The Food of Southern Italy" by Carlo Middione, and "Italian Food" by Elizebeth David, creates an complete library on the subject with nearly every stone turned. ~ M. Fantino.

This is actually a rare 2 book boxed set from 1968 which was given to me from my Italian mother in-law. Many wonderful recipes in this set and tons of great information on Italian culture and regional Italian Cuisine. A truly wonderful treat!!!!

Presently, this is my absolute favorite cookbook and you can't have my copy!!! ;-)

You can purchase this book somewhere I'm sure, but you will have to searched for a used copy. You just might be able to grab one on ebay. But be sure you find the original from 1968. There was a 1972 reprint which was revised, but not as good as the original

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The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual
by: Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo and Peter Meehan
I heard an interview with these guys about the book and they are two guys after my own heart. They were mentioning how the food they grew up with in their Italian homes was just as good as the 5 star restaurants they have been cooking in for years and even better in some cases. I totally agree with them. There is nothing quite like the Italian food you grew up with that was cooking in the kitchen all day by an Italian grandmother that was pouring so much love in the food that there was noting on the planet that tasted better! This witty cookbook, with its gilded edges and embossed cover, may look old-fashioned, well, there is a reason, because the recipes within are going to take you back to the taste of grandmom's cooking! The entire Frankies menu is adapted here for the home cook: from small bites including Cremini Mushroom and Truffle Oil Crostini, to such salads as Escarole with Sliced Onion & Walnuts, to hearty main dishes including homemade Cavatelli with Hot Sausage & Browned Butter. With shortcuts and insider tricks gleaned from years in gourmet kitchens, easy tutorials on making fresh pasta or tying braciola, and an amusing discourse on Brooklyn-style Sunday "sauce" (ragu), The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Kitchen Manual will seduce both experienced home cooks and a younger audience that is newer to the kitchen. There is a nice video about the cookbook here. Also a good review on this book here. Wow. Check this video about thier meatballs... Meatballs from The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual MAN! Jsut like my grandmas but without the pinenuts and raisons. ! Click the book for more information.


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Lidia's Family Table
by: Lidia Matticcho Bastianich
The best-loved and most-admired of all America’s television cooks today, Lidia Bastianich, now gives us her most generous, instructive, and creative cookbook. The emphasis here is on cooking for the family, and her book is filled with unusually delicious basic recipes for everyday eating Italian-style, as well as imaginative ideas for variations and improvisations. Here are more than 200 fabulous new dishes that will appeal both to Lidia’s loyal following, who have come to rely on her wonderfully detailed recipes, and to the more adventurous cook ready to experiment. I also recommend checking out Lidia's website here. Lot's of great recipes on the site! Click the book for more information.

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Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family.
by: Edward Giobbi and Eugenia Giobbi Bone > Published by: Rodale
It's mealtime, and the family gathers around the table. There may be a dish of pasta to start, or a bowl of soup. To follow, perhaps some tuna sausage and roasted peppers, or chicken with mint. A salad? Well, maybe, if it's a big meal. Salad at this point in the meal is good for digestion. For dessert, a piece of fruit. If the occasion is special, then a granita or a torta. Each dish celebrates the bounty of the season. And each pause between these small courses -- indeed, the entire meal -- is punctuated with lively conversation. The result? Satisfaction. Contentment. And a very healthful meal. This is Italian Family Dining. Click the book for more information.

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Williams Sonoma Florence: Authentic Recipes Celebrating the Foods of the World
(Williams-Sonoma Foods of the World Series)

by: Williams Sonoma, Lori De Mori, Jason Lowe, Chuck Williams
This is a great cookbook and not just a cookbook, you will find some real educational content about Florence Italy and the their culture and how the food of Florence Italy is such a great part of that culture! Richly photographed, with over 45 authentic recipes and in-depth culinary features, this book brings readers closer to the best eating experience Florence has to offer from a culinary authority Americans trust. Click the book for more information.

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Italian Family Cooking : Unlocking A Treasury Of Recipes and Stories
by: Giuseppe Orsini
This is a great book. Father Orsini blends his ideas of old and new world Italian cuisine into a collection of delicious recipes and interesting stories that are simple enough to follow even for the most inexperienced home cook. Widely known and respected Catholic priest Father Joseph Orsini loves family and great Italian food. Nothing could be more important to him then telling humorous and adoring family stories while educating cooks in the art of creating a zesty Italian meal. Click the book for more information.

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A Cook's Guide to Italian Ingredients
by: Kate Whiteman
A Cook's Guide to Italian Ingredients is an authoritative, yet accessible guide to these ingredients and how to use them in the kitchen. A fascinating introduction to the background of Italian cooking is followed by a full-color, illustrated reference guide to all the common and less well-known Italian ingredients, including pasta, rice, grains, cheese, cured meats and sausages, meat and poultry, fish and shellfish, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, sauces and preserved goods, and aperitifs and spirits. Click the book for more information.

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In Nonna's Kitchen: Recipes and Traditions from Italy's Grandmothers
by: Carol Field
Carol Field has done a great job portraying these lovable grandmothers and conveys so vividly their wonderful personalities! You will love how their experience and wisdom breath life into these recipes! This recipe book is full of wonderful family recipes made by grandmothers.. These are recipes to cherish! I highly recommend this one!! This is my very favorite cook book! Click the book for more information.

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A Passion for Piedmont: Italy's Most Glorious Regional Table
by: Matt Kramer
Discover the pleasures of Piedmont, Italy's most indulgent cuisine, with this collection of more than 150 recipes from Matt Kramer featuring the specialties of the region--from antipasti such as "Vitello Tonnato" to easy, classic pasta dishes such as "tajarin", Piedmont's interpretation of tagliatelle. Click the book for more information.

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The Foods of Sicily & Sardinia and the Smaller Islands
by: Giuliano Bugialli
Giuliano Bugialli is one of the world's foremost experts on the food of Italy. A scholar whose depth of knowledge about his country's cuisine comes from poring over ancient manuscripts looking for references to food as well as from talking, cooking, and eating with home cooks from all over Italy. Click the book for more information.

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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
by: Marcella Hazan, Karin Kretschmann
Perhaps more than any other person, Marcella Hazan is responsible for bringing Italian cuisine into the homes of American cooks. Hazan's cuisine consists of polenta, risotto, squid braised with tomatoes and white wine, sautéed swiss chard with olive oil and garlic.... and many more tastey delights! A must for any good collection of Italian cookbooks. Highly recommended! Click the book for more information.

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La Cucina Siciliana Di Gangivecchio: Recipes from Gangivecchio's Sicilian Kitchen
by: Wanda Tornabene, Giovanna Tornabene, Michele Evans
Filled with 224 recipes for mouthwatering Sicilian dishes, a quirky, wonderful history of Sicilian food, and the mystical town of Gangivecchio. This ultimate family cookbook is beautifully designed with more than 100 photographs, many in full color. Click the book for more information.

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Recipes From An Italian Terrace
by: Valentina Harris
Valentina Harris has taking the good eats outdoors, focusing on al fresco dining and entertaining. From Spaghetti al Cartoccio to Stuffed Swordfish Rolls to Polenta Verde, the recipes are scrumptious. Savor a selection of starters and antipasti, including cold soups and crostini that will whet your appetite for the barbecue to come. Grill up a banquet of fish and meat, and even slow-roast some to perfection in the very heart of the fire. Season fresh, crispy vegetables with herbs, garlic, and olive oil, and grill. Some refreshing Italian treats in this great book! Click the book for more information.


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A Fresh Taste of Italy
by: Michele Scicolone, Ellen Silverman
A Fresh Taste of Italy: 250 Authentic Recipes, Undiscovered Dishes, and New Flavors for Every Day. A Fresh Taste of Italy is two cookbooks in one. First, it is an everyday Italian cookbook, including must-have recipes for basics like homemade pasta, quick tomato sauce, perfect risotto, roast chicken, and traditional antipasti. But Michele also provides innovative recipes for specialties not found in other Italian cookbooks, such as Salmon Carpaccio, Duck Ragu, Risotto with Apples, and the extraordinary Spaghetti with Rubies. In addition to her recipes, Michele includes the names and addresses of her favorite restaurants, where many of these dishes can be found! :-) Click the book for more information.

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Recipes from Paradise: Life and Food on the Italian Riviera
by: Fred Plotkin
Italy's healthiest, most flavorful regional cuisine comes alive in this richly illustrated cookbook from one of the world's leading authorities on Italian food. From pesto to foccacia, the region's best-known specialties, to more unusual dishes, Fred Plotkin shows how to recreate more than 200 authentic Ligurian dishes and enjoy a true taste of paradise. Click the book for more information.


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Lorenza's Pasta: 200 Recipes for Family and Friends
by: Lorenza de'Medici
The highly acclaimed author of Italy the Beautiful now presents what is certain to become the essential pasta cookbook. Written in simple, easy-to-follow language, the book provides an engaging history of pasta and more than 200 fabulous recipes. Click the book for more information.


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Patricia Wells' Trattoria: Simple, Robust Fare Inspired by the Small Family Restaurants of Italy
by: Patricia Wells
Trattorias are the places where Italians go for robust, hearty foods that are simply prepared and bursting with flavor. Now the award-winning author Patricia Wells presents 150 authentic recipes that capture the flavor and brio of the small towns and villages of Italy. Click the book for more information.


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Italy Al Dente
by: Biba Caggiano
In Italian, "al dente" means "just right". These singular recipes are perfectly on target: the simply perfect pasta; flavor-filled gnocchi; hearty soups, steaming risottos, comforting polenta--the tastes we crave when we think Italian. With this collection of more than 150 recipes, Biba Caggiano offers simple Italian cooking at its best. Click the book for more information.


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Antipasti: The Little Dishes of Italy
by: Julia della Croce, Bill Leblond, Joyce O. Pool
The widely read author of Pasta Classica turns her attention to the classic, unparalleled appetizers of northern Italy, recipes that are increasingly served as side dishes or meals in themselves. Nice Italian snacks that will satisfy you enough to skip dinner! Click the book for more information.


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Antipasti: The Little Dishes of Italy
by: Julia della Croce, Bill Leblond, Joyce O. Pool
In a warm, witty text and more than 125 photographs, a Sicilian aristocrat shares her world with us, describing the land and depicting country life in an exquisite book destined to become a classic. Illustrated with extraordinary photographs by Franco Zecchin that capture the rigor and beauty of Sicily, this is an inspiring cookbook for anyone who loves italian food! Full-color photographs. Click the book for more information.


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