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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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Italian Cookbook: Top 25 Real Home Cooking Italian Recipes

By Jack Johns

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Ever since the world was introduced to the wonderful creations of native Italians such as pasta, Bolognese and of course, the crowd favorite, Pizza, Italian cuisine has catapulted itself into a state of becoming nothing short of a worldwide phenomenon and has acquired the reputation of being an intricately delicate "Romantic" meal!

Italian cuisine is often prepared in such a fully helps to preserve the full extent range of nutritional values of the natural ingredients that are used, including the flavor and texture.

If you have ever dreamed of running away from your busy life for a while and bask yourself under the perfect sun drizzled vistas of Tuscany with a bowl of pasta then look no further, as the recipes of this book will do a fantastic job of grappling you close to that magnificent imaginary vista of yours and give you the true flavor of Italian cuisine, right from your kitchen.

Inside we collected only best of the best Italian recipes for:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Desserts
  • Snacks

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Italian Takeout Cookbook: Favorite Italian Takeout Recipes to Make at Home: Italian Recipes for Pizza, Pasta, Chicken, Desserts, Appetizers, Soup, Salad, Sandwich, Bread and Rice

By Lina Chang

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Paperback (116 pages)

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Amaze your family tonight with homemade pizza, pasta, and other Italian classic takeout recipes! It tastes better than delivery!

***BLACK AND WHITE EDITION***

Imagine the aroma of tomatoes and garlic simmering in your kitchen, slowly making its way all over your home. The great thing about Italian cooking beside the fantastic aromas is that it uses simple and fresh ingredients that you can prepare in no time. No need for delivery! With the recipes in this cookbook, you will not only save money from delivery costs but also have an Italian feast in no time that your family and friends will remember for a long time.



Inside find:

  • A brief history of Italian takeout food.
  • Ingredients used in Italian cooking, cooking methods and cooking equipment used to prepare the perfect Italian meal.
  • Easy to make appetizers like the Mozzarella Sticks, the Homemade Toasted Ravioli or the Eggplant Parmesan.
  • Heartwarming soups like the well-known Minestrone.
  • Traditional salads like the Ceasar Salad or the Caprese Salad.
  • Classic takeout sandwich and bread recipes like the Meatball Parmigiana Hero or the Garlic Knots.
  • Easy to prepare favorite pasta dishes like the Spaghetti Bolognese or the Seafood Linguini.
  • Wholesome chicken recipes like the Chicken Marsala.
  • Absolutely the best pizza recipes like the Super Meat Pizza, the Pesto Veggies Pizza as well as the Basic Pizza Dough and Homemade Pizza Sauce.
  • Heartwarming risotto like the Creamy Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto.
  • Sweet desserts like the classic Tiramisu and the Homemade Cannoli



Please note that for this edition of Italian Takeout Recipes, all images are in BLACK AND WHITE

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Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily

By Jessica Theroux

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Released: 2010-09-28
Hardcover (250 pages)

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WINNER 2011 IACP Judges Choice Cookbook Award (International Association of Culinary Professionals)
WINNER 2011 IPPY Gold Award (Independent Publisher Book Awards)
Best Italian Cookbook of 2010 - Publisher's Weekly

American chef Jessica Theroux spent a year traveling throughout Italy, cooking and talking with Italian grandmothers, learning their secrets and listening to their stories. The result is a charming and authentic collection of recipes, techniques, anecdotes, and photographs that celebrate the rustic and sustainable culinary traditions of Italy’s most experienced home cooks.

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers
features the histories and menus of fifteen grandmothers, each of whom welcomed Ms. Theroux into their kitchens and pantries and shared both their favorite dishes and personal wisdoms. From the dramatic winter shores if Ustica to the blooming hills of Tuscany in spring, readers will journey through Italy’s most divers regions and seasons, to discover the country’s most delectable dishes, from the traditional to the unexpected, and meet the storied women who make them.

Part travel diary, part photo essay, part cookbook, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features over 100 time-honored recipes, from the perfect panna cotta to the classic meat lasagna.

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Recipes and wisdom from 12 Italian grandmothers
100 classic Italian recipes
A number of regional and seasonal menus, complete from appetizer to dessert.
Over 150 full color photographs.

Italian Immigrant Cooking (Immigrant Cookbook Series, Bk. #1)

By Elodia Rigante

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Here is authentic Italian home-cooking at its best.

My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking

By Rachel Roddy

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When Rachel Roddy visited Rome in 2005 she never intended to stay. But then she happened upon the neighborhood of Testaccio, the wedge-shaped quarter of Rome that centers around the old slaughterhouse and the bustling food market, and fell instantly in love. Thus began an Italian adventure that has turned into a brand new life. My Kitchen in Rome charts a year in Rachel's small Italian kitchen, shopping, cooking, eating, and writing, capturing a uniquely domestic picture of life in this vibrant, charismatic city.

Weaving together stories, memories, and recipes for thick bean soups, fresh pastas, braised vegetables, and slow-cooked meats, My Kitchen in Rome captures the spirit of Rachel's beloved blog, Rachel Eats, and offers readers the chance to cook "cucina romana" without leaving the comfort of home.

La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

By The Italian Academy of Cuisine

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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.

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

By Marcella Hazan

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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.

Simple Italian Cookery

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And you thought Italian food was all about pizza, macaroni and garlic? Well, think again! This little cookbook introduces a wide variety of Italian culinary delights. It includes recipes for soups, all kinds of pastas, rice dishes, sauces, eggs, fish, vegetables, meats, salads and desserts. As the title suggests, Simple Italian Cookery shows you how to prepare classic Italian dishes in a straightforward manner.


 
 
 

 
 
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