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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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Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy: A Cookbook

By Mimi Thorisson

Clarkson Potter
Released: September 15th, 2020
Black Hardcover (304 pages)

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  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Author: Mimi Thorisson
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Stories: With Recipes of Italian Cooking (A Taste of Italy)

By Anna Carera

Independently published
Released: September 21st, 2020
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Our Italian Family Recipes: Ricette Italiane della Nostra Famiglia

By Kevin M Martino

Independently published
Released: August 26th, 2020
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The Italian Slow Cooker

By Michele Scicolone

Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: January 7th, 2010
Paperback (240 pages)

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  • ISBN: 054700303X
  • EANs: 8601400238967, 9780547003030
  • PartNumber: 3583
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  • Number of Pages: 240
  • Author: Michele Scicolone
  • Publication Date: January 7th, 2010
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The Barbuto Cookbook: California-Italian Cooking from the Beloved West Village Restaurant

By Jonathan Waxman

Harry N. Abrams
Released: September 29th, 2020
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The Italian Cookbook for Beginners: Over 100 Classic Recipes with Everyday Ingredients

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Salinas Press
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  • ISBN: 162315264X
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  • Number of Pages: 204
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Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks

By Vicky Bennison

Hardie Grant
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  • Number of Pages: 256
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The Easy Italian Cookbook: 100 Quick and Authentic Recipes

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Rockridge Press
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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: November 6th, 2018
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Patsy's Italian Family Cookbook: TK

By Sal Scognamillo

St. Martin's Press
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  • Number of Pages: 224
  • Author: Sal Scognamillo
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