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    Italy has a well-established and deserved reputation for producing high-quality food and tasty cuisine. Best known for pizza and pasta, Italian food also includes many excellent meat and seafood dishes, as well as excellent cheeses, and fabulous desserts.

    It has often been noted that Italy is a country of great regional variations - and that is certainly true, indeed the country was only unified in 1861 - and this fact is reflected in the diversity of Italy's regional cuisine. It should also be noted that Italy has been invaded many times over the centuries, as well as trading with many other countries, and this too is reflected in the national cuisine.

    Pasta

    Some of the regional variations that you may encounter in Italian food include:
    • Northern Italy's native products include balsamic vinegar, bolognese sauce (ragu), lasagna, mortadella (a heat-cured pork sausage, served as a cold cut) parmigiano (parmesan cheese) polenta (a dish made from boiled cornmeal), prosciutto (dry cured ham) and tortellini (stuffed pasta). Rice is grown in both Lombardy and Piedmont (although different types in these two regions), which is used to make risotto.

    • Tuscan cuisine often features meat, white beans and unsalted bread.

    • Mozzarella and pizza, not to mention sfogliatelle (Italian filled pastries) originate from Naples.

      Authentic Neapolitan pizza served in Naples

    • Roman cuisine often uses pecorino (cheese made from sheep's milk) and offal. Rome is also known for its ultra-thin pizzas.

    • Calabria (the region corresponding to the "toe" of Italy) is known for its spicy variety of salami.

    • Sardinia is well-known for its lamb and pecorino (cheese made from sheep's milk).

    • Sicilian cuisine is noted for its Arab influences in its cooking (with the use of lemon and pistachio), as well as for its seafood (including tuna and swordfish). Sicily is also the home of gelato (ice cream) and granita (a delicious semi-frozen dessert made using sugar, water and flavorings).
    Some popular Italian recipes and dishes include:
    • Braciola - Thin slices of beef pan-fried with a little olive oil. It is often eaten as an appetizer with green salad or potatoes.

    • Bruschetta - Grilled bread rubbed with garlic, olive oil, pepper and salt. Additional toppings such as tomato, red pepper, vegetables beans, cheese or cured meat are also sometimes added.

      Bruschetta

    • Gnocchi - Dumplings or noodles made from potato, wheat flour, or semolina.

    • Minestrone - A thick soup made from stock with vegetables such as beans, carrots, celery, onions, and tomatoes. Pasta or rice may sometimes be added, and the dish is not necessarily vegetarian: meat or meat stock is often used when making it.

    • Panna cotta - A dessert made by simmering milk, cream, and sugar, then mixing with gelatin. It is then allowed to cool and set. Panna cotta is often eaten with berries, chocolate sauce, or fruit coulis.

    • Pasta - There are many different types of pasta including farfalle and rotelle (complicated decorative shapes), fettuccine and linguine (both ribbon-shipped), lasagna (large sheets), manicotti, ravioli and tortellini (hollow shapes which are stuffed with fillings), penne (short tubes), and spaghetti and vermicelli (string like). Each type of pasta is most suitable for a particular type of sauce (Alfredo sauce, Tomato sauce, etc.), and thus a very wide range of different dishes can be prepared using each of these forms of pasta.

      Fettuccine alfredo with shrimp

    • Pizza - As already discussed, there are many different variations, including:
      • Lazio - A thick-base pizza, particularly associated with Rome, although available in other parts of the country too. There are quite a few different toppings that may be used, and this type of pizza is often made in long rectangular pans ("pizza al taglio" or "pizza rustica").
      • Neapolitan (Italian: pizza napoletana) - A pizza with a thin base made from Italian white flour. Marina, margherita, and margherita extra are the three official versions of the recipe.
      • Ripieno and calzone - A half-moon shaped pizza filled mozzarella, ricotta and salami. It may be baked or fried.
      • Sicilian (Italian: Sfincione) - A pizza with ingredients incorporated in the dough rather than used as toppings. Pecorino cheese is used instead of mozzarella, and these pizzas also usually include anchovies.

    • Polenta - A kind of porridge made from boiled cornmeal. It is a staple food in Northern Italy.

    • Risotto - A traditional Italian dish prepared from rice. The rice is first cooked in butter or olive oil, then white wine is added, and after this evaporates, hot stock is slowly added, stirring continuously. Diced butter or cheese is then mixed in, achieving a rich creamy texture. The basic recipe can be varied by using different kinds of wine or cheese, and by adding vegetables, meat, fish or seafood (cheese is usually omitted from the recipe if fish or seafood is used).

    • Tiramisu - A dessert made from lady fingers (small sponge cakes known in Italian as "savoiardi") dipped in expresso, and sometimes brandy or sugar. Mascarpone cream, a custard made from egg yolks (zabaglione), Marsala wine, and sugar are then added, and cocoa powder sprinkled on top.


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    By America's Test Kitchen & Julia Della Croce

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    Released: 2018-10-23
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    The experts at America's Test Kitchen and National Geographic bring Italy's magnificent cuisine, culture, and landscapes--and 100 authentic regional recipes--right to your kitchen.

    Featuring 100 innovative, kitchen-tested recipes, 300 gorgeous color photographs, and 30 maps, this illustrated guide takes you on a captivating journey through the rich history of Italian cuisine, region by region. Rich excerpts feature the origins of celebrated cheeses, the nuances of different wine growing regions, the best farmer's markets in Venice, and more. Intriguing prose illuminates key ingredients, from olive oil and how it's made to the various pasta shapes of Northern Italy. In every region, the food experts at America's Test Kitchen bring it all home, with foolproof recipes for standout dishes as well as hidden gems: Piedmontese braised beef in lustrous red wine sauce, crispy-custardy chickpea flour farinata pancakes from Genoa (achieved without the specialty pan and wood-burning oven), and hand-formed rustic malloreddus pasta of Sardinia that is a breeze to make.

    Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone

    By Marc Vetri

    Ten Speed Press
    Released: 2018-08-28
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    Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

    By Marcella Hazan

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    Giada's Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita

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    The Elements of Pizza: Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home

    By Ken Forkish

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    Released: 2016-04-19
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    Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto

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

    By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

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    The Blue Bloods Cookbook: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family to the Table

    By Wendy Howard Goldberg

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    Released: 2015-11-03
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    ERIN REAGAN: How many times have you and I been setting the table together for Sunday dinner?

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    Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays: 130 Classic Holiday Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

    By Rossella Rago

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    Released: 2018-11-06
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    Homemade Pasta Made Simple: A Pasta Cookbook with Easy Recipes & Lessons to Make Fresh Pasta Any Night

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    Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

    By Marcella Hazan

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    Released: 1992-10-27
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    Eataly: Contemporary Italian Cooking

    By Eataly

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    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.

    Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way

    By Rolando Beramendi

    St. Martin's Griffin
    Released: 2017-10-24
    Hardcover (384 pages)

    Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way
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    Autentico is an introduction to the true flavors of Italy. From the bright notes of fresh olive oil to the hearty warmth of slow-cooked ragú, Rolando Beramendi, importer and connoisseur of the finest ingredients from Italy, has crafted a perfect guide to authentic Italian food.

    Unlike many Italian cookbooks, Autentico goes far beyond pasta. In a world where culinary shortcuts, adulteration, misleading labeling, and mass production of seemingly “authentic” food rule, culinary archaeologist, innovator and cooking teacher Rolando Beramendi has kept centuries-old culinary traditions alive. That’s authentic!

    In Autentico, Rolando details how to make classic dishes from Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe to Risotto in Bianco and Gran Bollito Misto as they are meant to be – not the versions that somehow became muddled as they made their way across the globe. Among the 120 recipes, you’ll find Baked Zucchini Blossoms filled with sheep's milk ricotta; Roast Pork Belly with Wild Fennel; Savoy Cabbage Rolls made with farro and melted fontina; Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe; Risotto with Radicchio; and a Lamb Stew with ancient Spice Route flavors that have roots from the times of Marco Polo and could have been served to the de’ Medici during the Renaissance. And of course, there are dolci (desserts): Summer Fruit Caponata, Meringata with Bitter Chocolate Sauce, and a simple, moist, and succulent Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cake. Colored by the choicest ingredients from the shores of Italy and beyond, the pages of Autentico offer a rich taste of the Italy’s history, brought to life in the modern kitchen.

    Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey

    By America's Test Kitchen & Julia Della Croce

    National Geographic
    Released: 2018-10-23
    Hardcover (384 pages)

    Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey
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    The experts at America's Test Kitchen and National Geographic bring Italy's magnificent cuisine, culture, and landscapes--and 100 authentic regional recipes--right to your kitchen.

    Featuring 100 innovative, kitchen-tested recipes, 300 gorgeous color photographs, and 30 maps, this illustrated guide takes you on a captivating journey through the rich history of Italian cuisine, region by region. Rich excerpts feature the origins of celebrated cheeses, the nuances of different wine growing regions, the best farmer's markets in Venice, and more. Intriguing prose illuminates key ingredients, from olive oil and how it's made to the various pasta shapes of Northern Italy. In every region, the food experts at America's Test Kitchen bring it all home, with foolproof recipes for standout dishes as well as hidden gems: Piedmontese braised beef in lustrous red wine sauce, crispy-custardy chickpea flour farinata pancakes from Genoa (achieved without the specialty pan and wood-burning oven), and hand-formed rustic malloreddus pasta of Sardinia that is a breeze to make.

    La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

    By The Italian Academy of Cuisine

    Brand: Rizzoli
    Released: 2009-10-20
    Hardcover (928 pages)

    La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
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    Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

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

    By Rossella Rago

    RACE POINT
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    Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers
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    Learn to cook classic Italian recipes like a native with the long-awaited debut cookbook from Rossella Rago, creator of 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.

    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.

    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 favorite recipes including: 

    • Sicilian Rice Balls
    • Fried Calamari
    • Stuffed Artichokes
    • Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe
    • Veal Stew in a Polenta Bowl
    • Struffoli
    • Ricotta Cookies
    • Homemade Pasta
    • Handcrafted Spaghetti with Meatballs
    • Four-Cheer Lasagna

    If you are ready to bring back Sunday dinner and learn how to make Italian food just like nonna, then look no further!

    Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays: 130 Classic Holiday Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

    By Rossella Rago

    Race Point Publishing
    Released: 2018-11-06
    Hardcover (264 pages)

    Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays: 130 Classic Holiday Recipes from Italian Grandmothers
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    Learn to cook traditional Italian food for every holiday of the year with Rossella Rago and her Italian nonna in Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays.

    They’re back! Rossella Rago and her adorable Nonna Romana have returned with Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays, a traditional cookbook no Italian kitchen should be without. This Italian cookbook is a culinary treasury, jam-packed with over 125 classic holiday recipes for Italian-food lovers, including classic holiday recipes like Struffoli, Christmas Fish, Manicotti, Cannelloni, Cannoli Cheesecake, and more.

    With advice from nonnas all over the country, this unique book covers holiday classics from every region of Italy, from Milan to Sicily, and includes holiday memories from the nonnas themselves. The nonnas also give their personal tips on cooking for a crowd (and it's always a crowd). And, of course, no new Cooking with Nonna cookbook would be complete without Rossella's signature dishes and unique voice

    Rosella and her nonnas will have you enjoying Italian culinary delights around the year. In addition to the major holidays of Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, you will find recipes for New Year’s Eve and Day, the Epiphany, Little Easter, St. Joseph’s Day, Carnevale, All Souls Day, Valentine’s Day, Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Saint Rocco's Feast. To complete you year-round Italian tasting tour, recipes for weddings and other celebrations are included.

    Nothing brings family together like delicious food around the holidays, and Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays has everything you need to keep your family full and happy every holiday of the year. Bring the dishes and the memories you grew up with to a whole new generation of Italian Americans!

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

    By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

    Knopf Publishing Group
    Released: 2013-10-15
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    Lidia s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master
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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.

    Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

    By Giada De Laurentiis

    Clarkson Potter Publishers
    Released: 2005-02-22
    Hardcover (256 pages)

    Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes
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    NOTE: Printings have an intentional light design on some pages as does all the printings of this book.

    In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is.

    Everyday Italian is true to its title: the fresh, simple recipes are incredibly quick and accessible, and also utterly mouth-watering—perfect for everyday cooking. And the book is focused on the real-life considerations of what you actually have in your refrigerator and pantry (no mail-order ingredients here) and what you’re in the mood for—whether a simply sauced pasta or a hearty family-friendly roast, these great recipes cover every contingency. So, for example, you’ll find dishes that you can make solely from pantry ingredients, or those that transform lowly leftovers into exquisite entrées (including brilliant ideas for leftover pasta), and those that satisfy your yearning to have something sweet baking in the oven. There are 7 ways to make red sauce more interesting, 6 different preparations of the classic cutlet, 5 perfect pestos, 4 creative uses for prosciutto, 3 variations on basic polenta, 2 great steaks, and 1 sublime chocolate tiramisù—plus 100 other recipes that turn everyday ingredients into speedy but special dinners.

    What’s more, Everyday Italian is organized according to what type of food you want tonight—whether a soul-warming stew for Sunday supper, a quick sauté for a weeknight, or a baked pasta for potluck. These categories will help you figure out what to cook in an instant, with such choices as fresh-from-the-pantry appetizers, sauceless pastas, everyday roasts, and stuffed vegetables—whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find a simple, delicious recipe for it here. That’s the beauty of Italian home cooking, and that’s what Giada De Laurentiis offers here—the essential recipes to make a great Italian dinner. Tonight.

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