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The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy's Farmhouse Kitchens

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If you dream of Italy—and who does not?—be prepared to fall in love with this extraordinary cookbook. Written by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, author of The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food (winner of both the James Beard and Julia Child/IACP Cookbook-of-the-Year Awards), it is every bit the equal of its celeb ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 6th 1999 by Scribner
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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella HazanThe Silver Spoon by Clelia D'OnofrioItalian Kitchen by Kate WhitemanThe Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto KasperMade in Italy by Giorgio Locatelli
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Feb 16, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Stephanie by: present from my mom
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I love her stories and sensibility! One of my favorite recipes in this book is the sweet pear and rosemary pizza, which combines fresh pears with fruity olive oil, rosemary, orange zest, and freshly ground black pepper. It is delicious!
May 20, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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I want to make everything in this book. But most specifically I want to make the Potato "Gatto". Even more specifically I want to make a Potato Gatto the size of my dining room, eat my way into it, curl up, and nap for six weeks.
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Jan 05, 2008 Melanie Turner rated it really liked it
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The Balsamico Chicken and Northern Mountain Dinner are really delicious. I also hear the chocolate coins are amazing. This cook book is VERY well done.
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Apr 19, 2012 Terri Jacobson rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful look at Italian cooking and culinary traditions. Beautiful photos, great recipes.
Apr 18, 2016 Charlise rated it really liked it
One of my favorite cookbooks - I love Kasper's recipe for foccacia bread - in fact, she devoted an entire chapter to homemade foccacia bread - it is simply delicious. Following her recipes make you feel like a gourmet cook.
Nov 15, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
The best Italian cookbook I have ever seen. Will be making the "Crushed Buttermilk Potatoes". Yum Yum
Jun 16, 2014 Shauna rated it really liked it
Feels like you actually visit Italy while reading this cook book.
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Jan 30, 2013 Karen Eades rated it it was amazing
There are recipes in this book that I have made over and over, they are so good I crave them. Specifically, the Potato Gatto, the braised pork and three peppers over polenta, and the balsamico roast chicken and potatoes to name a few. The minestrone is great, as is the linguine with pistachio almond pesto. In addition to the recipes, I loved just reading all the stories and cooking advice in this book. The pictures make my mouth water.
Jun 30, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
Incredible read and incredible recipes. Rossetto Kasper is so good at explaining technique that the cookbook winds up being really accessible, even if you're not an experienced cook. For those who are, there's plenty there, particularly many old-time, family-style foods not normally written down. One of my favorite books (not just among cookbooks) ever.
Jan 01, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
Kaspar's books are all excellent but this is my favorite. Being prejudiced towards rural cooking of any cuisine, I think she produces a series of recipes that are each memorable when prepared, clearly explained, and illuminated by anecdotes of the region. A real keeper.
May 25, 2013 Lisa marked it as to-read
Recommended to Lisa by: Peg Hensleigh
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perused this at Peg & Robb's. recipes look amazing. cook's notes are thoughtful. history is fun to read.
May 03, 2008 Dennis rated it liked it
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I've always like to listen to Lynne Rossetto Kasper on NPR. Her books are just as much fun.
Mar 18, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Authentic Italian meals -- love this book for it's recipes and stories.
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I'ma gonna cook amy waya through thisa book.
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Lynne Rossetto Kasper is an award-winning American food writer and radio journalist. She is the host of the American Public Media program The Splendid Table, whose targeted audience is "people who love to eat." The weekly program features a series of interviews with chefs, restaurateurs, and wine experts. Guests vary from week to week, but every show includes a segment with food travelers and auth ...more
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