Pamela Sheldon Johns, Chuck Williams & Noel Barnhurst
Simon & Schuster, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
s in other cookbooks from Williams-Sonoma, if the piquancy of the recipes doesn't pull you into the scene, the wonderful photographs will draw you into the kitchen. I spent a month in Tuscany in 1995, and if I had not already loved Italian cooking, I would have been an instant convert. Simplicity and flavors combine to produce an enticing meal. Other musts are fresh ingredients and natural flavorings. All twenty of the geographical regions of Italy have their own local dishes that have become national – and international – favorites. Samples from the various regions are included here.
neighbor of mine years ago (his father was from Naples) had to have
Pasta E Fagioli Soup
every Sunday if he was going to make it through another week. Try the recipe and find out why. The recipe for pesto accompanies
Linguine with Pesto, Green Beans, and Potatoes
. Can't imagine potatoes in the same dish as linguine, but am more than willing to try it. And
Bistecca Alla Florentina
will please the beef lover in your family. I've loved
since I was a little girl and our family ate in an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia.
Trio of Crostini
makes my mouth water with memories. And though I've never seen
Cipolline in Agrodolce
before, I must try this onion dish with balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.
in Tuscany – delicately deep fried seafood and vegetables. I could eat it every night. The Pasta dishes are to kill for. How about
Mushroom Ravioli with Walnut Sauce
Cannelloni with Besciamella Sauce
Chicken with Vin Santo Sauce
- the photo makes me want to pick up my fork and dive in. There's
Roast Sea Bass with Fennel and Lemon
Rabbit with Roasted Garlic
. Anything with Roasted Garlic cannot be all bad. This dish looks divine. Now we get to my
of all Italian foods –
made in tiny ramekins look wonderful.
Roasted Potatoes with Fennel and Onion
- be still, my heart.
esserts? Try the
. Or how about a fantastic
? The first time I tried
, I thought the angels were giving me a treat. Taste it yourself with this recipe.
is a great cookbook with delicious recipes. In the back is a section on Italian basics - don't miss it. And
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