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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

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (32 pages)

Italian Cookbook: Top 25 Real Home Cooking Italian Recipes
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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 Recipes: Mama D's Favorite Classic Italian Recipes, Sides and Main Courses (Mama D's Classic Italian Recipes Book 3)

By Diana Mastro

Summerwind Media Group
Released: 2016-11-04
Kindle Edition (72 pages)

Italian Recipes:  Mama D s Favorite Classic Italian Recipes, Sides and Main Courses (Mama D s Classic Italian Recipes Book 3)
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Classic Italian Recipes Made Easy!

In Diana Mastro’s (Mama D) inaugural recipe book series:  Mama D’s Classic Italian Recipes you will find a treasure trove of delicious meals that are easy and fun to prepare.   

In this volume, Mama D’s Classic Italian Recipes:  Main Courses and Sides you will find an assortment of classic Italian Recipes for vegetables, meats, chicken, and fish. 

Here is a sample of what’s inside:

  • Artichokes Sicilian Style
  • Polenta with Tomato-Mushroom Sauce
  • Stuffed Fryer Peppers
  • Spring Peas with Prosciutto
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Mama D’s Eggplant Rollatini
  • Italian Style Chicken Breasts
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Chicken Florentine
  • Chicken Parmesan with Pepperoni
  • Italian Meatloaf
  • Sicilian Style Swordfish
  • Shrimp Capri
  • Mama D’s Meatballs

Whether you are just exploring cooking Italian recipes or are an old pro this book is for you.  So let’s get cooking with Mama D!

Buon appetito!

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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

By Marcella Hazan

Alfred A Knopf
Released: 1992-10-27
Hardcover (704 pages)

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
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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.

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

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Released: 2013-10-15
Hardcover (304 pages)

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.

My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking

By Rachel Roddy

Grand Central Life Style
Released: 2016-02-02
Hardcover (384 pages)

My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking
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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.

Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen

By Gabriele Corcos

Random House
Released: 2014-05-06
Hardcover (272 pages)

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Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, hosts of the Cooking Channels's hit show Extra Virgin, bring together food, family, and style in a celebration of the pleasures of the rustic Italian table with 120 recipes for simple yet exquisite meals that are accessible, full of fresh flavor, and easy to prepare.

Devi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are ambassadors of contemporary Tuscan cooking. In Extra Virgin, Gabriele is a traditional Italian with a big heart, and Debi is an outgoing, brash New York City girl. Their sassy and playful exchanges illuminate what’s important in everyday life: good food and a lot of love.

Ranging from traditional antipasti and soups to their spin on entrees, pizzas, and desserts, recipes include Pecorino and Honey Dip, a sweet and salty way to start a meal; tangy, luscious Grilled Apricots with Goat Cheese Ricotta, inspired by wild Tuscan apricot trees; and Sausage and Beans, which offers hints of fennel in a Tuscan red sauce. Here, too, are Braised Artichokes softened in guanciale-infused oil, Breakfast Pizza, and Coffee Granita just as Italians make it.

So flag these recipes, get sauce on them, let splashes of olive oil mark the pages—and invite Debi and Gabriele’s charisma and passion for cooking to spill into your kitchen.

Italian Moms - Spreading their Art to every Table: Classic Homestyle Italian Recipes

By Elisa Costantini

Costantini Publishing
Paperback (256 pages)

Italian Moms - Spreading their Art to every Table: Classic Homestyle Italian Recipes
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  • Italian Cooking
  • Italian Recipes
  • Homestyle Italian Dishes
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As a wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as housekeeper and cook for those with special needs, Elisa Costantini has spent her life serving up delicious Italian meals.

Leaving Italy at the age of twenty-three, she moved to Philadelphia with her husband and young daughter. Once there, she established herself in her neighborhood and community as a wonderful neighbor, parishioner, friend...and a terrific cook of homemade Italian specialties.

In her debut cookbook, Costantini collects her tried-and-true recipes for Italian favorites in one place, sharing them with anyone who has an interest in making phenomenal meals for the people they love.

She includes easy-to-follow recipes for all the Italian classics, including antipasto, pasta, breads, pizza, main dishes, and desserts.

And unlike many fussy, complicated recipes that rely on specialized ingredients and techniques, Costantini's rustic, authentic recipes call for only fresh, simple ingredients available at local markets. Her clear writing allows even novice cooks to bring the old-world charm of the Italian countryside to their home dining room tables.


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