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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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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Knopf Publishing Group
Released: 2013-10-15
Hardcover (304 pages)

Lidia s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master
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From one of the most beloved chefs and authors in America, a beautifully illustrated collection of 150 simple, seasonal Italian recipes told with commonsense cooking wisdom—from the cutting board to the kitchen table. 

As storyteller and chef, Lidia Bastianich draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate. Recalling lessons learned from her mother, Erminia, and her grandmother Nonna Rosa, Lidia pays homage to the kitchen sages who inspired her. Whether it's Citrus Roasted Veal or Rustic Ricotta Tart, each recipe is a tangible feast. We learn to look at ingredients as both geographic and cultural indicators. In Campania, the region where mozzarella is king, we discover it best eaten three hours after preparation. In Genova we are taught that while focaccia had its basil origins in the Ligurain culinary tradition, the herbs and flavorings will change from region to region; as home chefs, we can experiment with rosemary or oregano or olives or onions! When it's time for dessert, Lidia draws on the scared customs of nuns in Italian monasteries and convents and reveals the secret to rice pudding with a blessing.

Lidia's Commonsense Guide to Italian Cooking is a masterclass in creating delectable Italian dishes with grace, confidence and love.

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

By Marcella Hazan

Alfred A Knopf
Released: 1992-10-27
Green Hardcover (704 pages)

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
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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: A Year of Italian Holidays: 130 Classic Holiday Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

By Rossella Rago

Race Point Publishing
Released: 2018-11-06
Hardcover (264 pages)

Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays: 130 Classic Holiday Recipes from Italian Grandmothers
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Learn to cook traditional Italian food for every holiday of the year with Rossella Rago and her Italian nonna in Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays.

They’re back! Rossella Rago and her adorable Nonna Romana have returned with Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays, a traditional cookbook no Italian kitchen should be without. This Italian cookbook is a culinary treasury, jam-packed with over 125 classic holiday recipes for Italian-food lovers, including classic holiday recipes like Struffoli, Christmas Fish, Manicotti, Cannelloni, Cannoli Cheesecake, and more.

With advice from nonnas all over the country, this unique book covers holiday classics from every region of Italy, from Milan to Sicily, and includes holiday memories from the nonnas themselves. The nonnas also give their personal tips on cooking for a crowd (and it's always a crowd). And, of course, no new Cooking with Nonna cookbook would be complete without Rossella's signature dishes and unique voice

Rosella and her nonnas will have you enjoying Italian culinary delights around the year. In addition to the major holidays of Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, you will find recipes for New Year’s Eve and Day, the Epiphany, Little Easter, St. Joseph’s Day, Carnevale, All Souls Day, Valentine’s Day, Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Saint Rocco's Feast. To complete you year-round Italian tasting tour, recipes for weddings and other celebrations are included.

Nothing brings family together like delicious food around the holidays, and Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays has everything you need to keep your family full and happy every holiday of the year. Bring the dishes and the memories you grew up with to a whole new generation of Italian Americans!

The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook: 101 Regional Classics Made Simple

By Francesca Montillo

Rockridge Press
Released: 2019-01-29
Paperback (186 pages)

The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook: 101 Regional Classics Made Simple
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Savor delizioso dishes with The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook.

Real Italian cuisine is all about simplicity. Using just a few fresh and simple ingredients, The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook brings you the authentic taste of Italy with recipes that prove less is always more.

From Chicken Marsala to Pasta Carbonara to Tiramisu, this cookbook features regional classics that you can whip up any time. With recipes that require no more than 5-ingredients each―most of which are ready to eat in 30-minutes or less―this Italian cookbook makes every meal a celebration of taste and tradition.

The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook includes:

  • Cooking essentials that outlines the fundamentals of authentic Italian cuisine, including pantry essentials, equipment, and core techniques.
  • 101 simple recipes for appetizers, risotto, pasta, sauces, pizza, bread, meat, chicken, seafood, and dessert!
  • A taste tour that explains the culinary preferences of each region and the geographic origins of each recipe.

Traditional Italian recipes don’t need a laundry list of miscellaneous ingredients; Taste every flavor of everyday recipes with The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook.

Italian Cuisine: 50 Traditional Recipes from Italy with Love (Italian Cookbooks) (Volume 1)

By Robert Carter

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (68 pages)

Italian Cuisine: 50 Traditional Recipes from Italy with Love (Italian Cookbooks) (Volume 1)
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Are you a fan of Italy and delicious food this sun-drenched country offers? Do you want to learn how to cook like a real Italian? Then this book is exactly what you need! Here you will find 50 different authentic Italian recipes coming from the various places across Italy, many of which are truly traditional, ancient and are passed from one generation to another.
This Italian cookbook will not only teach you how to cook in accordance with all Italian culinary traditions, but will also fill you with Italian spirits and culture in general.
Be ready to plunge into the atmosphere of real Italy with its rich variety of tantalizing tastes, flavors and smells. Enrich your daily menu with the unique Italian recipes including breakfast, lunch and dinner that would make you feel like you are dining in sunny Italy. Be sure, your family and friends will appreciate the new mouthwatering meals and will be surprised by your creativity and culinary talents, which you can definitely further improve and polish with the help of this book.
Discover the new tastes and experiences and have a pleasant journey through the pages of this wonderful book!

The Italian Regional Cookbook: A Great Cook's Culinary Tour of Italy in 325 Recipes and 1500 Color Photographs, Including: Lombardy; Piedmont; ... Sicily; Puglia; Basilicata; and Calabria.

By Valentina Harris

Lorenz Books
Released: 2018-02-06
Hardcover (624 pages)

The Italian Regional Cookbook: A Great Cook s Culinary Tour of Italy in 325 Recipes and 1500 Color Photographs, Including: Lombardy; Piedmont; ... Sicily; Puglia; Basilicata; and Calabria.
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Famous for its bold flavors, seasonal ingredients and vibrant colors, Italian has repeatedly been voted the world's favorite cuisine. Take a closer look, though, and you will discover that there is much more to this nation's food than the ubiquitous pasta, pizzas and risottos offered at many restaurants. Italian cooking expert Valentina Harris examines each area in turn, with a carefully curated selection of recipes, and detailed instructions and photographs to help you achieve an authentic, and completely delicious, end result. This comprehensive book is a must-have reference for anyone who is passionate about cooking authentic Italian food. It has 325 recipes and 1500 specially commissioned color photographs, and forms a great cook's culinary tour of Italy's regions, including: Lombardy; Piedmont; Liguria; Emilia-Romagna; Veneto; Tuscany; Umbria; Sardinia; Campania; Sicily; Puglia; Basilicata; and Calabria. An extensive introduction examines in detail the history and traditions of classic Italian cooking, the ingredients and how to prepare and use them. This large deluxe hardback is the first time Valentina's prestigious Italian regional series has been published together, in a newly designed single compendium volume, with new additional recipes, updated dishes and special photographs.

• A culinary tour of Italy including: Lombardy; Piedmont;

Liguria; Emilia-Romagna; Veneto; Tuscany; Umbria;

Sardinia; Campania; Sicily; Puglia; Basilicata; and Calabria.

• An extensive introduction examines in detail the

history and traditions of classic Italian cooking, the

ingredients and how to prepare and use them.

That Recipe Sleeps with the Fishes: A collection of Italian family recipes kept under lock and key for generations

By James Desiderio

James V. Desiderio
Paperback (301 pages)

That Recipe Sleeps with the Fishes: A collection of Italian family recipes kept under lock and key for generations
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This full-color book of nearly 300 pages is a collection of some of the favorite recipes of one Italian family, whose roots are in southern Italy. Included are family recipes for many of the classics - like homemade ravioli - but also for some of the fabulous rustic dishes that are not as well-known outside of the southern Italian countryside. The book provides recipes for some of everything - antipasti, soups, pasta dishes, all sorts of meats, seafood, side dishes and desserts. The reader will find detailed information on such things as home-curing Italian meats, sausage-making, handling and preserving home-grown vegetables and the like. Provided are ingredients lists, step-by-step instructions and coordinating color photographs for each recipe. The book is as entertaining as it is instructional, spattered with humorous quips, anecdotes and various experiences from the author. If you love authentic Italian food and enjoy cooking, you're sure to love this book. **NET PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO SCHOOLS AND VARIOUS CHARITIES WITHIN THE AUTHOR'S HOME STATE**

Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes

By Katie Parla

Clarkson Potter
Released: 2019-03-12
Hardcover (256 pages)

Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes
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85 authentic recipes and 100 stunning photographs that capture the cultural and cooking traditions of the Italian South, from the mountains to the coast.

In most cultures, exploring food means exploring history—and the Italian south has plenty of both to offer. The pasta-heavy, tomato-forward “Italian food” the world knows and loves does not actually represent the entire country; rather, these beloved and widespread culinary traditions hail from the regional cuisines of the south. Acclaimed author and food journalist Katie Parla takes you on a tour through these vibrant destinations so you can sink your teeth into the secrets of their rustic, romantic dishes. Parla shares rich recipes, both original and reimagined, along with historical and cultural insights that encapsulate the miles of rugged beaches, sheep-dotted mountains, meditatively quiet towns, and, most important, culinary traditions unique to this precious piece of Italy. With just a bite of the Involtini alla Piazzetta from farm-rich Campania, a taste of Giurgiulena from the sugar-happy kitchens of Calabria, a forkful of ’U Pan’ Cuott’ from mountainous Basilicata, a morsel  of Focaccia from coastal Puglia, or a mouthful of Pizz e Foje from quaint Molise, you’ll discover what makes the food of the Italian south unique.


 
 
 

 
 
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