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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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  • Edition: Anniversary
  • Number of Pages: 736
  • Author: Marcella Hazan
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Everyday Italian Cookbook: 90+ Favorite Recipes for La Cucina Italiana (Italian Recipes, Italian Cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Cookbook)

By Domenica Marchetti

Weldon Owen
Released: May 16th, 2023
Hardcover (192 pages)

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  • Manufacturer: Weldon Owen
  • EAN: 9798886740035
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  • Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Author: Domenica Marchetti
  • Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
  • Release Date: May 16th, 2023
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  • Size: 10.25 inches by 7.75 inches by 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 2.135 Pounds
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The Easy Italian Cookbook: 100 Quick and Authentic Recipes

By Paulette Licitra

Rockridge Press
Released: April 28th, 2020
Paperback (164 pages)

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  • Manufacturer: Rockridge Press
  • Brand: Rockridge Press
  • ISBN: 1646115082
  • EAN: 9781646115082
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  • Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 164
  • Author: Paulette Licitra
  • Publication Date: April 28th, 2020
  • Release Date: April 28th, 2020
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  • Size: 9.25 Inches by 7.5 Inches by 0.4457 Inches
  • Weight: 0.864 Pounds
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Sweet Maria's Italian Cookie Tray: A Cookbook

By Maria Bruscino Sanchez

St. Martin's Griffin
Released: July 15th, 1997
Paperback (128 pages)

Sweet Maria s Italian Cookie Tray: A Cookbook
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  • ISBN: 0312156707
  • EAN: 9780312156701
  • PartNumber: Illustrated
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  • Paperback
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Author: Maria Bruscino Sanchez
  • Publication Date: July 15th, 1997
  • Release Date: July 15th, 1997
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Italian Cookbook: 600 Modern & Authentic Recipes For Amazing American Italian Cooking (pasta pizza cookbook)

By Brenda Maroni

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

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  • Brand: Careland
  • EAN: 9798357623058
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  • Number of Pages: 137
  • Author: Brenda Maroni
  • Publication Date: October 11th, 2022
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The Complete Italian CookBook with Photos: 102 Delicious Food Recipes from Italy, Offering a Treasure Trove of Cooking, Traditional Dishes, and Culinary ... by Country and Their Fusion Cuisines)

By Roco Picard

Kindle Edition (257 pages)

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  • Number of Pages: 257
  • Author: Roco Picard
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Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks

By Vicki Bennison

Hardie Grant
Released: October 29th, 2019
Hardcover (256 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1784882887
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  • PartNumber: 54986743
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  • Format: Illustrated
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Author: Vicki Bennison
  • Publication Date: October 29th, 2019
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  • Size: 10.0 Inches by 7.7 Inches by 1.3 Inches
  • Weight: 2.4912235606 Pounds
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Momma Rosa's Southern Italian Recipes

By Nina Bianchi

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101 Quick & Easy Italian Recipes: (Cooking 101 Cookbook Series - Italian Cookbook)

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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
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  • ISBN: 1646431685
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  • Number of Pages: 448
  • Author: The Coastal Kitchen
  • Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
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