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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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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 Italian Slow Cooker

By Michele Scicolone

Houghton Mifflin
Released: 2010-01-07
Paperback (240 pages)

The Italian Slow Cooker
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Presents a variety of slow-cooker recipes for Italian food which detail how to combine fresh ingredients and simple techniques to produce dishes for soups, sauces, meats, vegetables, and simple desserts.
Title: The Italian Slow Cooker
Author: Scicolone, Michele/ Richardson, Alan (PHT)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2010/01/07
Number of Pages: 232
Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: 2009013744

Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A.

By Ori Menashe & Lesley Suter

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2018-10-30
Hardcover (336 pages)

Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A.
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This debut cookbook from L.A.'s phenomenally popular Bestia restaurant features rustic Italian food that is driven by intense flavors, including house-made charcuterie, pizza and pasta from scratch, and innovative desserts inspired by home-baked classics.

Since opening in downtown Los Angeles in 2012, Bestia has captivated diners with its bold, satisfying, and flavor-forward food served in a festive, communal atmosphere. Now, in this accessible and immersive debut cookbook, all of the incredible dishes that have made Bestia one of the most talked-about restaurants in the country are on full display. Rooted in the flavors and techniques of Italian regional cooking, these recipes include inventive hits like fennel-crusted pork chops; meatballs with ricotta, tomato, greens, and preserved lemon; and agnolotti made with cacao pasta dough. Irresistible desserts such as apple cider donuts and a chocolate budino tart, from co-owner and pastry chef Genevieve Gergis, end the concert of flavors on a high note. With chapters on making bread, pasta, and charcuterie; sections on stocks and sauces; and new ideas for getting the most from your cooking by layering flavors, Bestia delivers a distinctively innovative approach to Italian-inspired cooking.

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.

Sweet Maria's Italian Cookie Tray: A Cookbook

By Maria Bruscino Sanchez

St. Martin's Griffin
Released: 1997-07-15
Paperback (128 pages)

Sweet Maria s Italian Cookie Tray: A Cookbook
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Sweet Maria's Italian Cookie Tray presents sixty-five recipes for the delicious, festive cookies that brighten every Italian home, at the holidays and all year-round.
Maria Bruscino Sanchez opened Sweet Maria's bakery when she was just twenty-six years old, specializing in authentic Italian cookies and cakes made from handed-down family recipes. The result has been a booming business, and this very special cookbook.
The irresistible reciples range from drop, molded and filled cookies; biscotti; taralle and biscuits; pizelles, and more. Easy to prepare and perfect for any occasion (or no occasion at all) they include:

Chocolate Almond Macaroons, Pignoli Nut Cookies, Amaretto Biscotti Sesame Cookies, Almond Crescents, Lemon Drop Cookies, Chocolate Puffs, Florentines, Lady Fingers, Sweet Ravioli Cookies, Christmas Honey Clusters, Angel Wings, Cinnamon Nut Bars, and more.

Whether you grew up in an Italian home or just wish you did, this wonderful collection is sure to become a cookie lover's favorite--one you will return to again and again.

Lidia's Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party: A Cookbook

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

KNOPF
Released: 2017-10-17
Hardcover (416 pages)

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The beloved TV chef offers the only cookbook you'll need to give any gathering--from a dinner for two to a wedding--a delectable, welcoming Italian flavor.

No one throws a party like Lidia Bastianich! And now, in this delightful new cookbook, she gives us 220 fantastic recipes for entertaining with that distinctly Bastianich flare. From Pear Bellinis to Carrot and Chickpea Dip, from Campanelle with Fennel and Shrimp to Berry Tiramisu--these are dishes your guests will love, no matter the occasion. Here, too, are Lidia's suggestions for hosting a BBQ, making pizza for a group, choosing the perfect wine, setting an inviting table, and much more. Beautifully illustrated throughout with full-color photographs and filled with her trademark warmth and enthusiasm, this is Lidia's most festive book. Whether you're planning a romantic picnic for two, a child's birthday party, a holiday gathering, or a simple weeknight family dinner, Lidia's flavorful, easy-to-follow recipes and advice will have you calling to your guests: "Tutti a tavola a mangiare!"

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

By The Silver Spoon Kitchen

Phaidon
Paperback (176 pages)

Italian Cooking School: Pasta (Italian Cooking School: Silver Spoon Cookbooks)
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75 fail-proof recipes for fresh pasta from the world's most trusted and bestselling Italian cookbook series.

Making pasta at home has never been easier! The Silver Spoon Italian Cooking School: Pasta teaches everything you need to know about making pasta shapes and dishes. Each chapter starts with step-by-step instructions for a technique so the reader is well versed in making pasta shapes and dishes.

The book begins with a basic pasta dough recipe, then shows you how to create basic ribbon pastas, lasagnas, cannellonis, ravioli and tortellis. From creamy Pappardelle with Mushrooms and a Vegetarian Lasagna to a Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, Italian Cooking School: Pasta features 75 versatile, everyday recipes to cook at home and for friends and family.

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.

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

Italian Cooking: 130 Authentic Homemade Italian Recipes That Are Quick & Easy to Cook (And That the Whole Family Will LOVE)!

By Olivia Rogers

TheMenuAtHome.com
Released: 2017-12-04
Kindle Edition (142 pages)

Italian Cooking: 130 Authentic Homemade Italian Recipes That Are Quick & Easy to Cook (And That the Whole Family Will LOVE)!
 
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