Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home
Ecco, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
he flyleaves of the new cookbook by Iron Chef Mario Batali outline the purpose and content of his wonderful presentation of Italian food far better than I ever could. We are told that '
is the only Italian cookbook a home cook's shelf needs.
' Simplicity is the byword here, along with all the encouragement a timid cook might need. These 327 recipes have evolved through ten years of
television programs and from his three popular cookbooks:
Mario Eats Italy
Ciao America with Mario Batali
eatriz Da Costa's mouthwatering photographs make delving into the innards of this cookbook sheer culinary pleasure. Such gorgeous foods from the hands of a master. Can you gaze upon the picture of
Savory Chestnut Custard
and not run out to buy chestnuts? Or scan the recipe for
Prosciutto with Baked Stuffed Figs
and not hunger for that divine taste? The section on
stopped me cold. Put a plate of pasta in front of me and I am one happy camper. I have never had
Radicchio Tortelloni with Parmigiano Cream
, but I sure intend to rectify that. And I have to taste
Gnocchi with Fresh Tomatoes
Green Fettuccine with Chicken Livers
. Oh, you get the idea. I want them all.
his superb cookbook covers the gamut, starting with a section on
to knock your socks off. Ranging from
, it then ventures on to the perfect climax to your marvelous home cooked Italian meal –
. The sweet. Choices range from
Rum and Ricotta Fritters
Roasted Pears with Chocolate
Clementines with Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper
. Once you pick up this new offering in the cookbook market, you won't be able to put it down. Ever.
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