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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: 30th Anniversary Edition: A Cookbook

By Marcella Hazan

Knopf
Released: September 20th, 2022
Orange Hardcover (736 pages)

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  • ISBN: 0593534328
  • EAN: 9780593534328
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  • Edition: Anniversary
  • Number of Pages: 736
  • Author: Marcella Hazan
  • Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
  • Release Date: September 20th, 2022
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  • Size: 9.3 Inches by 7.3 Inches by 1.65 Inches
  • Weight: 2.56 Pounds
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The Italian Cookbook for Beginners: Over 100 Classic Recipes with Everyday Ingredients

By Salinas Press

Salinas Press
Released: November 27th, 2013
Paperback (204 pages)

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The Italian Cookbook for Beginners: Over 100 Classic Recipes with Everyday Ingredients
  • Manufacturer: Callisto Media Inc
  • Brand: Salinas Press
  • ISBN: 162315264X
  • EAN: 9781623152642
  • PartNumber: black & white illustrations
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  • Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 204
  • Author: Salinas Press
  • Publication Date: November 27th, 2013
  • Release Date: November 27th, 2013
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  • Size: 9.0 Inches by 6.0 Inches by 0.46 Inches
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The Complete Italian Cookbook: Essential Regional Cooking of Italy

By Manuela Anelli Mazzocco

Rockridge Press
Released: April 28th, 2020
Paperback (200 pages)

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  • Brand: Rockridge Press
  • ISBN: 1646114175
  • EAN: 9781646114177
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  • Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 200
  • Author: Manuela Anelli Mazzocco
  • Publication Date: April 28th, 2020
  • Release Date: April 28th, 2020
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The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook: 101 Regional Classics Made Simple

By Francesca Montillo

Rockridge Press
Released: January 29th, 2019
Paperback (186 pages)

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  • Brand: Rockridge Press
  • ISBN: 1641523077
  • EAN: 9781641523073
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  • Number of Pages: 186
  • Author: Francesca Montillo
  • Publication Date: January 29th, 2019
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Italian Cookbook: 600 Modern & Authentic Recipes For Amazing American Italian Cooking (pasta pizza cookbook)

By Brenda Maroni

Independently published
Released: October 11th, 2022
Paperback (137 pages)

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Italian Cookbook: 600 Modern & Authentic Recipes For Amazing American Italian Cooking (pasta pizza cookbook)
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  • EAN: 9798357623058
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  • Number of Pages: 137
  • Author: Brenda Maroni
  • Publication Date: October 11th, 2022
  • Release Date: October 11th, 2022
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Leone's Italian Cookbook

By Gene Leone

HarperCollins (June 1, 1967)
Hardcover (244 pages)

Leone s Italian Cookbook
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  • Brand: HarperCollins (June 1, 1967)
  • ISBN: 0061110124
  • EAN: 9780061110122
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  • Number of Pages: 244
  • Author: Gene Leone
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  • Weight: 0.92 Pounds
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North End Italian Cookbook: The Bestselling Classic Featuring Even More Authentic Family Recipes

By Marguerite DiMino Buonopane

Globe Pequot
Released: May 15th, 2018
Paperback (384 pages)

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  • Manufacturer: Globe Pequot
  • Brand: Globe Pequot
  • ISBN: 1493034367
  • EAN: 9781493034369
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  • Edition: Sixth
  • Number of Pages: 384
  • Author: Marguerite DiMino Buonopane
  • Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
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Easy Caprese Cookbook: Taste Homemade Restaurant Style Cooking with Easy Caprese Recipes (2nd Edition)

By BookSumo Press

Independently Published
Released: July 17th, 2019
Paperback (107 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1080911847
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  • Number of Pages: 107
  • Author: BookSumo Press
  • Publication Date: July 17th, 2019
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The Complete Italian Cookbook: 200 Classic and Contemporary Italian Dishes Made for the Modern Kitchen (Complete Cookbook Collection)

By The Coastal Kitchen

Readerlink
Released: September 7th, 2021
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  • Manufacturer: Cider Mill Press
  • Brand: Readerlink
  • ISBN: 1646431685
  • EAN: 9781646431687
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  • Number of Pages: 448
  • Author: The Coastal Kitchen
  • Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
  • Release Date: September 7th, 2021
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