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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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Italian Recipes for Cooking Fish: Cookbook for the Realization of Italian Fish Dishes Suitable for Beginners and More Experienced People Complete Guide with 80+ Recipes Easy to Prepare

By Augusto Corsini

Augusto Corsini
Released: March 29th, 2021
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Italian Cooking: Discover 100+ Tasty Italian Recipes & Cooking Skills For Beginners: Classic Italian Recipes

By Lera Rivara

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  • Author: Lera Rivara
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Italian Cookbook The Complete Guide: Discover the Most Famous and Tasty Recipes of Italian Cooking and how to Make them Easily at your Home. Pasta, Pizza, Meat, Fish, and Much More.

By Olivia Rossi

Wonder Future Ltd
Released: February 19th, 2021
Hardcover (200 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1914029372
  • EAN: 9781914029370
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  • Number of Pages: 200
  • Author: Olivia Rossi
  • Publication Date: February 19th, 2021
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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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  • ISBN: 1646114175
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  • Number of Pages: 200
  • Author: Manuela Anelli Mazzocco
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Classic Italian Jewish Cooking: Traditional Recipes and Menus

By Edda Servi Machlin

Ecco
Released: April 26th, 2005
Hardcover (432 pages)

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Number of Pages: 432
  • Author: Edda Servi Machlin
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master: A Cookbook

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Knopf
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  • Format: Illustrated
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  • Authors: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Tanya Bastianich Manuali
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Italian Cookbook: This Book Includes: Homemade Pasta, Pasta Sauces, and Homemade Pizza Cookbook. The Complete Recipe Book for Beginners to Cook the Most Delicious and Tasty Italian Dishes

By Owen Conti

Tonazzi Company Ltd
Released: October 12th, 2020
Hardcover (494 pages)

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  • Brand: Tonazzi Company Ltd
  • ISBN: 1914017285
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  • Number of Pages: 494
  • Author: Owen Conti
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The Easy Italian Cookbook: 100 Quick and Authentic Recipes

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  • Number of Pages: 164
  • Author: Paulette Licitra
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The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook: 101 Regional Classics Made Simple

By Francesca Montillo

Rockridge Press
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  • Number of Pages: 186
  • Author: Francesca Montillo
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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

By Marcella Hazan

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