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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)

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.

Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Alfred a Knopf Inc
Released: 2015-10-27
Hardcover (480 pages)

Lidia s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook
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From the Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, best-selling author, and beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions in America comes the ultimate master class: a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking, coauthored with her daughter, Tanya—covering everything from ingredients to techniques to tools, plus more than 400 delectable recipes.

Teaching has always been Lidia’s passion, and in this magnificent book she gives us the full benefit of that passion and of her deep, comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create delicious Italian meals. With this book, readers will learn all the techniques needed to master Italian cooking. Lidia introduces us to the full range of standard ingredients—meats and fish, vegetables and fruits, grains, spices and condiments—and how to buy, store, clean, and cook with them. The 400 recipes run the full gamut from classics like risotto alla milanese and Tagliatelle with Mushroom Sauce to Lidia’s always-satisfying originals like Bread and Prune Gnocchi and Beet Ravioli in Poppy Seed Sauce. She gives us a comprehensive guide to the tools every kitchen should have to produce the best results. And she has even included a glossary of cuisine-related words and phrases that will prove indispensable for cooking, as well as for traveling and dining in Italy. There is no other book like this; it is the one book on Italian cuisine that every cook will need.

Rao's Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking

By Frank Pellegrino

Brand: Random House
Released: 1998-04-07
Hardcover (182 pages)

Rao s Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking
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Rao's, the hundred-year-old restaurant with a mere ten tables tucked in a corner of East Harlem in what was once a  legendary Italian
neighborhood, is one of the most sought-after restaurants in all of Manhattan. Its tables are booked months
in advance by regulars who go to enjoy what The New York Times calls its "exquisitely simple Italian cooking" from traditional recipes,
many as old as Rao's itself. You may not get a table at Rao's, but now with this book you can prepare the best Italian home-style food in the
world in your own kitchen. Here for the first time are recipes for all of Rao's fabulous classics--its famous marinara sauce, seafood salad,
roasted peppers with pine nuts and raisins, baked clams, lemon chicken, chicken scarpariello, and on and on.
The recipes are accompanied by photographs that re-create Rao's magic and testimonials from loyal Rao's fans--
from Woody Allen to Beverly Sills. Here too is a brief history of the restaurant by Nicholas Pileggi and a Preface by Dick Schaap.
Both will convince you that what you have in your hands is a national treasure, a piece of history, and a collection of the best Italian
American recipes you will ever find.

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

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

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

Lidia s Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party
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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!"

The Italian Slow Cooker

By Michele Scicolone

Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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
  • meats
  • and simple desserts
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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

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

By Rossella Rago

RACE POINT
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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!

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

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

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

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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.

My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking

By Rachel Roddy

Grand Central Life Style
Released: 2016-02-02
Hardcover (384 pages)

My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking
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When Rachel Roddy visited Rome in 2005 she never intended to stay. But then she happened upon the neighborhood of Testaccio, the wedge-shaped quarter of Rome that centers around the old slaughterhouse and the bustling food market, and fell instantly in love. Thus began an Italian adventure that has turned into a brand new life. My Kitchen in Rome charts a year in Rachel's small Italian kitchen, shopping, cooking, eating, and writing, capturing a uniquely domestic picture of life in this vibrant, charismatic city.

Weaving together stories, memories, and recipes for thick bean soups, fresh pastas, braised vegetables, and slow-cooked meats, My Kitchen in Rome captures the spirit of Rachel's beloved blog, Rachel Eats, and offers readers the chance to cook "cucina romana" without leaving the comfort of home.

A Taste of Italy: Authentic Italian Recipes

By Bonnie Scott

Released: 2017-09-10
Kindle Edition (174 pages)

A Taste of Italy: Authentic Italian Recipes
 
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With A Taste of Italy: Authentic Italian Recipes, you'll never run short of inspiration for quick and delicious Italian dishes. Browse through this assortment of 120 delicious recipes any time your family has an Italian craving.

Authentic Italian recipes included in this book - Antipasto and appetizers, bread, rice, gnocchi, pasta and sauces, pizza and calzones, egg dishes, soup, vegetables, chicken and seafood, beef, pork and sausage, turkey and veal and, of course, desserts.


 
 
 

 
 
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