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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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Rao's Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking

By Frank Pellegrino

Brand: Random House
Released: 1998-04-07
Hardcover (182 pages)

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Rao's, the hundred-year-old restaurant with a mere ten tables tucked in a corner of East Harlem in what was once a  legendary Italian
neighborhood, is one of the most sought-after restaurants in all of Manhattan. Its tables are booked months
in advance by regulars who go to enjoy what The New York Times calls its "exquisitely simple Italian cooking" from traditional recipes,
many as old as Rao's itself. You may not get a table at Rao's, but now with this book you can prepare the best Italian home-style food in the
world in your own kitchen. Here for the first time are recipes for all of Rao's fabulous classics--its famous marinara sauce, seafood salad,
roasted peppers with pine nuts and raisins, baked clams, lemon chicken, chicken scarpariello, and on and on.
The recipes are accompanied by photographs that re-create Rao's magic and testimonials from loyal Rao's fans--
from Woody Allen to Beverly Sills. Here too is a brief history of the restaurant by Nicholas Pileggi and a Preface by Dick Schaap.
Both will convince you that what you have in your hands is a national treasure, a piece of history, and a collection of the best Italian
American recipes you will ever find.

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

By Marcella Hazan

Marcella Hazan
Released: 1992-10-27
Hardcover (704 pages)

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The most important, consulted, and enjoyed Italian cookbook of all time, from the woman who introduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food. 

Essentials of Italian Cooking is a culinary bible for anyone looking to master the art of Italian cooking, bringing together Marcella Hazan’s most beloved books, The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking, in a single volume, updated and expanded with new entries and 50 new recipes. Designed as a basic manual for cooks of all levels of expertise—from beginners to accomplished professionals—it offers both an accessible and comprehensive guide to techniques and ingredients and a collection of the most delicious recipes from the Italian repertoire. As home cooks who have used Marcella’s classic books for years (and whose copies are now splattered and worn) know, there is no one more gifted at teaching us just what we need to know about the taste and texture of a dish and how to achieve it, and there is no one more passionate and inspiring about authentic Italian food.

The Italian Slow Cooker

By Michele Scicolone

Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2010-01-07
Paperback (240 pages)

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  • Presents a variety of slow-cooker recipes for Italian food which detail how to combine fresh ingredients and simple techniques to produce dishes for soups
  • meats
  • and simple desserts
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Presents a variety of slow-cooker recipes for Italian food which detail how to combine fresh ingredients and simple techniques to produce dishes for soups, sauces, meats, vegetables, and simple desserts.
Title: The Italian Slow Cooker
Author: Scicolone, Michele/ Richardson, Alan (PHT)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2010/01/07
Number of Pages: 232
Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: 2009013744

Italian Cookbook: 100 Italian Recipes to Make at Home

By Jack Johns

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Italia is the country of the different tastes and colorful ancient history!

It is easy to fall in love with the delightful food and traditions of Italy. This country is famous not only for the food but also by legendary places that are worth to visit for everyone! The Italian dishes have fabulous taste and unforgettable smell! All the meals are original and unrepeatable! If we talk about Italian desserts, it is very difficult to forget the fluffy and melted taste of tiramisu or pannacotta. It looks like these desserts are very easy to cook and everyone can do it. This book will open to you the huge world of Italian cuisine – extraordinary and sometimes spicy. Some of the recipes need special preparations and some can be cooked by the beginners. This book will help you to cook the most omnibus meal in easy and clear to understand way. Here are no any complicated directions and unknown ingredients. Under the cover you will find 100 Top Italian Recipes for: • Breakfast • Poultry • Meat • Seafood • Snacks • Sides • Desserts Never be scared to try something new even if you cannot cook something for the first time – try again and adjust the recipe for your own taste!

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Italian Cookbook: Famous Italian Recipes That Satisfy: Baking, Pizza, Pasta, Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, Meatballs, Desserts, Cannoli, Tiramisu, Gelato & More

By Mario Mazzo

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Do you want only the best Italian recipes? Like the Italian food served at great restaurants?

Then this is your book! Faa-ged-aboud. Hey, even picky eaters love the fantastic recipes and food here.

Cook like an Italian chef today with this #1 BESTSELLER ITALIAN COOKBOOK!

Beginners enjoy cooking these Italian food classics at home with the easy recipes.
Want to bake a Pizza or Lasagna?

Or how about some desserts like:
Biscotti, Tiramisu, Cannoli, Gelato or Rainbow Cookies?
They're all in here, so if it's Italian cooking you want, you've clicked on right book. 
There's even some stories with pizza trivia, tips and secrets for making the best Italian food ever!

DID YOU KNOW?
Most Italian cookbooks don't have the long list of famous recipes as seen in this book.
That's depressing isn't it? And that's why I wrote this book!

Don't believe me? 
I'll prove it. Just take a peek inside my table of contents and compare it to most of the other Italian cookbooks and you'll see what I mean.
People like trying to make all kinds of tasty dishes from Italy, but with these Italian-American Classic recipes you can't go wrong. 
What I'm saying is that the Italian food in this cookbook rocks!
I'm not hyping this book, I'm being serious. 
So don't be fooled by many other cookbooks out there. This book sometimes sells more copies per week than the famous celebrity chef's cookbooks.
The proof is in the quality of the food and easy to follow directions.
SEE SOME PICTURES OF THESE RECIPES ON MY SITE
New photos are sometimes added on my website at mariomazzo.com/recipe-photos

Why is this book better than the others?
1) ONLY 5 Star Traditional Italian American Classic Recipes.
2) ALL recipe versions here are the Best of the Best including the desserts.
3) TOP 3 PIZZA STYLES plus a great calzone recipe.
4) Super Low Price with (no need to buy multiple books).
5) No Filler Recipes wasting space and your time..
6) SUPER EASY DIRECTIONS making this book great for beginners.
7) LINKS TO MY WEBSITE giving you pictures, a blog, and also a pizza tutorial.

ABOUT THE PIZZA RECIPES IN THIS BOOK
I know that pizza making can be a little tricky in the beginning but don't worry. I've included many tips and even a link to my Sicilian Pizza tutorial. It's like going to pizza school. So go ahead and use the all purpose flour tonight. Later you can perfect your pizza.

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WITH THIS BOOK YOUR ITALIAN CUISINE SHOULD TASTE LIKE IT CAME FROM A 5 STAR RESTAURANT AND CAN EASILY BECOME YOUR GO TO BOOK WHEN MAKING ITALIAN FOOD.

SOME FAMOUS ENTREES + DESSERTS INCL HERE ARE
*NY PIZZA - Sicilian Pizza - CHICAGO DEEP DISH PIZZA - Calzone Recipe
* Homemade Fresh "Pasta" Dough Recipe + HOT SUBS too
* Eggplant & Chicken Parmesan, Lasagna,Meatballs, Chicken Marsala
* Caprese Salad w Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese with a Delicious Balsamic Reduction Dressing
* DESSERTS: Tiramisu, CANNOLI, Biscotti, GELATO, Cheesecake plus more...

YOU GET A FEW TOMATO SAUCE RECIPES!
YOU GET AN AMAZING ALFREDO SAUCE RECIPE
THERE'S EVEN VODKA SAUCE + PESTO SAUCE HERE!
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"Chefs from all around the world cook these classics, I hope you will too" 
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Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

By Rossella Rago

Rago Rossella
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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
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La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

By The Italian Academy of Cuisine

Rizzoli
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Sweet Maria's Italian Cookie Tray: A Cookbook

By Maria Bruscino Sanchez

St. Martin's Griffin
Released: 1997-07-15
Paperback (128 pages)

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Sweet Maria's Italian Cookie Tray presents sixty-five recipes for the delicious, festive cookies that brighten every Italian home, at the holidays and all year-round.
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The irresistible reciples range from drop, molded and filled cookies; biscotti; taralle and biscuits; pizelles, and more. Easy to prepare and perfect for any occasion (or no occasion at all) they include:

Chocolate Almond Macaroons, Pignoli Nut Cookies, Amaretto Biscotti Sesame Cookies, Almond Crescents, Lemon Drop Cookies, Chocolate Puffs, Florentines, Lady Fingers, Sweet Ravioli Cookies, Christmas Honey Clusters, Angel Wings, Cinnamon Nut Bars, and more.

Whether you grew up in an Italian home or just wish you did, this wonderful collection is sure to become a cookie lover's favorite--one you will return to again and again.



 
 
 

 
 
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