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Italian Recipes


Italian cuisine is respected, loved, and eaten all over the world. Outside of Italy, the best-known dishes include pizza and pasta, but Italian food has much else to offer too, including excellent meat and seafood dishes, superb cheeses, and a wonderful range of desserts.

Italian pasta


As far as pasta is concerned there are many times. The most popular type is spaghetti, which is long thing strings of pasta (spaghetti actually means "thin strings"). Other popular types include vermicelli (also string-like), fettucine and linguine (ribbon-shaped), lasagna (large sheets), rotelle and farfalle (decorative shapes), and, ravioli and tortellini (stuffed pasta). Although all forms of pasta are made from basically the same ingredients, the different shapes do affect the taste and choice of recipe, because each individual shape interacts with sauce in a different way.

Spaghetti cooked and served with tomato sauce

Italy is a country of great regional contrasts, and this fact is reflected in its food. Additionally, many outside influences have contributed to Italian cuisine (although the legend that Marco Polo introduced pasta from China does appear to be apocryphyl).

Some of the region dishes and ingredients that you may encounter in Italian food include:
  • Sardinia is famous for its lamb and pecorino (cheese made from sheep's milk).

  • Arab influence played an important part in the development of Sicilian cuisine, including the introduction of lemon and pistachio. Sicily is also known for its seafood, particularly swordfish and tuna, but it is in desserts where the island has had the greatest influence of all: both gelato (ice cream) and granita (a delicious semi-frozen dessert made using sugar, water and flavorings) originate from Sicily.

  • Calabria (the region corresponding to the "toe" of Italy) is known for its spicy version of salami.

  • Naples is the home of mozzarella, pizza and sfogliatelle (Italian filled pastries).

    Italian food - Authentic Neapolitan pizza served in Naples

  • Whereas Sicilian and Neopolitan pizzas are quite thick, Roman pizzas extremely thin. Rome is also known for its use of offal and pecorino (cheese made from sheep's milk).

  • Tuscany is known for its meat, white beans and unsalted bread.

  • Products from the North of Italy include balsamic vinegar, lasagna, mortadella (a heat-cured pork sausage, served as a cold cut) parmigiano (parmesan cheese) polenta (a dish made from boiled corn-meal), prosciutto (dry cured ham), ragu (bolognese sauce), rice and tortellini (stuffed pasta). Piedmont and Lombardy both produce their own distinctive (and different from each other) variety of rice, and both forms are used to make risotto.
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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

By Marcella Hazan

Marcella Hazan
Released: 1992-10-27
Hardcover (704 pages)

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The most important, consulted, and enjoyed Italian cookbook of all time, from the woman who introduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food. 

Essentials of Italian Cooking is a culinary bible for anyone looking to master the art of Italian cooking, bringing together Marcella Hazan’s most beloved books, The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking, in a single volume, updated and expanded with new entries and 50 new recipes. Designed as a basic manual for cooks of all levels of expertise—from beginners to accomplished professionals—it offers both an accessible and comprehensive guide to techniques and ingredients and a collection of the most delicious recipes from the Italian repertoire. As home cooks who have used Marcella’s classic books for years (and whose copies are now splattered and worn) know, there is no one more gifted at teaching us just what we need to know about the taste and texture of a dish and how to achieve it, and there is no one more passionate and inspiring about authentic Italian food.

Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

By Rossella Rago

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Hardcover (248 pages)

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Now you can cook classic Italian meals with the long-awaited debut cookbook from the popular web TV series Cooking with Nonna!

For Rossella Rago, creator and host of Cooking with Nonna TV, Italian cooking was never just about the amazing food or Sunday dinner. It was also about family, community, and tradition. Rossella grew up cooking with her Nonna Romana every Sunday and on holidays, learning the traditional recipes of the Italian region of Puglia, like focaccia, braciole, zucchine alla poverella, and pizza rustica. And in her popular web TV series, Rossella invites Italian-American grandmothers (the unsung heroes of the culinary world) to cook with her, learning the classic dishes and flavors of each region of Italy and sharing them with eager fans all over the world.

Now you can take a culinary journey through Italy with Rossella and her debut cookbook, Cooking with Nonna, featuring over 100 classic Italian recipes, along with advice and stories from 25 beloved Italian grandmothers. Learn to make fresh homemade pasta, handcrafted Spaghetti with Meatballs, and decadent Four-Cheese Lasagna that will have everyone coming back for seconds! With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and mouthwatering photos, Cooking with Nonna covers appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, meats, breads, cookies, and desserts, and features favorites such as Sicilian Rice Balls, Fried Calamari, Stuffed Artichokes, Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Veal Stew in a Polenta Bowl, Struffoli, Ricotta Cookies, and more! So if you are ready to bring back Sunday dinner and learn how to make Italian food just like nonna, then look no further!

Italian Cookbook: 50 Italian Recipes from Breakfast to Dinner (italian recipes, italian cookbook, italian cooking, italian food, italian cuisine, italian pasta recipes)

By Patrick Smith

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Paperback (58 pages)

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Italian cuisine - delicious Italian recipes anyone can cook

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The enormous variety of Italian cuisine, its pasta and pizza, salads and seafood, is now available to you. With this archive of the finest Italian recipes at your disposal, you will introduce your kitchen to wonderful new colors and flavors.

In the Italian Cookbook, you will find 50 Italian recipes of all kinds, covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and side dishes. You don't need to be a chef to enjoy a Risotto on a sunny afternoon, or an elaborate pasta dish for dinner. All you need for meals like these is right here.

Italian Cooking - Brings the Mediterranean Home

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  • 10 Italian Snack Recipes
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Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily

By Jessica Theroux

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Released: 2010-09-28
Hardcover (250 pages)

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WINNER 2011 IACP Judges Choice Cookbook Award (International Association of Culinary Professionals)
WINNER 2011 IPPY Gold Award (Independent Publisher Book Awards)
Best Italian Cookbook of 2010 - Publisher's Weekly

American chef Jessica Theroux spent a year traveling throughout Italy, cooking and talking with Italian grandmothers, learning their secrets and listening to their stories. The result is a charming and authentic collection of recipes, techniques, anecdotes, and photographs that celebrate the rustic and sustainable culinary traditions of Italy’s most experienced home cooks.

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers
features the histories and menus of fifteen grandmothers, each of whom welcomed Ms. Theroux into their kitchens and pantries and shared both their favorite dishes and personal wisdoms. From the dramatic winter shores if Ustica to the blooming hills of Tuscany in spring, readers will journey through Italy’s most divers regions and seasons, to discover the country’s most delectable dishes, from the traditional to the unexpected, and meet the storied women who make them.

Part travel diary, part photo essay, part cookbook, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features over 100 time-honored recipes, from the perfect panna cotta to the classic meat lasagna.

Includes:

Recipes and wisdom from 12 Italian grandmothers
100 classic Italian recipes
A number of regional and seasonal menus, complete from appetizer to dessert.
Over 150 full color photographs.

Italian Cooking School: Pizza (Italian Cooking School: Silver Spoon Cookbooks)

By The Silver Spoon Kitchen

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75 fail-proof recipes for pizza, focaccia, and calzone from the world's most trusted and bestselling Italian cookbook series.

Making pizza at home has never been easier! The Silver Spoon Italian Cooking School: Pizza teaches everything you need to know about making not just fresh pizzas but foccacia, calzones, and savory pies at home. With the illustrated step-by-step instructions, readers learn to make basic pizza dough and classic pizza dishes such as a Margarita, Neopolitan, Quattro Formaggi, and so many more.

Readers build their cooking repertoire as they progress through the books, building confidence with simple recipes at the start and advancing to more challenging dishes. The Silver Spoon Italian Cooking School series is designed for modern cooks to prepare healthy, delicious, and authentic recipes in their own home.

Ideal for cooking novices, each book in the series features illustrated instructions for basic techniques and a collection of 75 Italian recipes to keep readers inspired. The Silver Spoon is the most influential and bestselling Italian cookbook of the last 50 years.

From the publisher of The Silver Spoon, the most influential and bestselling Italian cookbook of the last 50 years.

The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World

By Lynn Alley

Random House
Released: 2003-09-15
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An upscale approach to the new-old phenomenon of cooking with a slow cooker, by author and food journalist Lynn Alley, featuring 60 recipes. 

With fresh ingredients and imaginative recipes, you can create delicious meals to serve with pride to your guests. Drawn from slow cooking traditions from around the world, the recipes in The Gourmet Slow Cooker include Lamb Shanks in Tomato Sauce from Greece; Apricot Chicken from India; Chicken Mole from Mexico; White Truffle Risotto from Italy; Provencal Chicken Stew from France; and Potato, Cheddar, and Chive Soup from the United States.

Including chapter introductions to each region, and focusing on the slow-cooking traditions and techniques from that country; local wine or beer suggestions for all 60 recipes; and featuring 16 full-color recipe photographs, The Gourmet Slow Cooker will elevate your everyday dining from the mundane to the gourmet, while freeing you from hours of hard work in the kitchen.

Italian Cookbook: Top 25 Real Home Cooking Italian Recipes

By Jack Johns

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Ever since the world was introduced to the wonderful creations of native Italians such as pasta, Bolognese and of course, the crowd favorite, Pizza, Italian cuisine has catapulted itself into a state of becoming nothing short of a worldwide phenomenon and has acquired the reputation of being an intricately delicate "Romantic" meal!

Italian cuisine is often prepared in such a fully helps to preserve the full extent range of nutritional values of the natural ingredients that are used, including the flavor and texture.

If you have ever dreamed of running away from your busy life for a while and bask yourself under the perfect sun drizzled vistas of Tuscany with a bowl of pasta then look no further, as the recipes of this book will do a fantastic job of grappling you close to that magnificent imaginary vista of yours and give you the true flavor of Italian cuisine, right from your kitchen.

Inside we collected only best of the best Italian recipes for:

  • Breakfast
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  • Dinner
  • Desserts
  • Snacks

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