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The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy's Farmhouse Kitchens
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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Feb 16, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Stephanie by: present from my mom
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 ...moreMore about Lynne Rossetto Kasper...