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message 1: by Jan, Moderator (last edited May 27, 2020 07:59AM) (new)

Jan | 11163 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
2 Months from Start

To compliment our Seasonal Italian Adventure, we are going to sample just a few of the countries wonderful foods (and drink), hitting the cities visited in the challenge.
Buon-Appetito

Challenge Rules: All forms of books are accepted as long as they are 100 pages or more. When posting updates of completed books, please include a link to the title and author’s name, along with the date you finished reading the book. Please post cover if it is task appropriate. When you have completed the challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and re-post in a new message, letting us know it is completed.

Enjoy!!

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Tasks

1. Italy - Pasta
Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. It is estimated that Italians eat over 60 pounds of pasta per person, per year easily beating Americans, who only eat about 20 pounds per person. Today pasta is everywhere and can be found in dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca) varieties depending on what the recipes call for. While pasta is made around the world, the product from Italy keeps to time-tested production methods that create a superior pasta. It is estimated that there are approximately 350 different types of pasta - and about four times that many names for them, varying according to the region or area. But one thing is sure, no matter the name or shape, pasta is a simple meal that is synonymous of Italy, and is always sure to please!

Read book #60, #20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles (share titles).

2. Milan - Risotto
This deliciously creamy rice dish hails from the north of Italy and is made by toasting rice with butter and onion, adding stock and cooking until soft. Risotto can be prepared with a variety of ingredients such as seafood, porcini mushrooms and sausage. However don’t miss the traditional Risotto alla Milanese which is made with meat stock, bone marrow, cheese and a hefty dose of saffron to give it its trademark vivid yellow hue.

Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.

3. Venice - Spritz
Venetians favorite aperitivo, the Spritz is made with sparkling Prosecco wine and a dash of liqueur such as bitter Campari or the orange-flavored Aperol served with ice and a slice of orange. Legend says it was invented during the 1800's when soldiers from the Austrian empire were stationed in the Veneto region. Not being used to the higher alcohol content of the local wines, they would ‘spritz’ a little water into them (spritzen means splash in German). Now the spritz is one of the most common pre-dinner drink in Venice and in fact, all over Italy.

Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Bistecca alla Fiorentina is mythical in the Renaissance city and tempting to meat lovers far and wide. It’s a large t-bone cut weighing anywhere from 2-8 pounds, fire-grilled traditionally over roasted chestnuts and seasoned with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon. Whatever you do, do not ask your steak to be cooked to your liking. You wouldn’t want to offend the chef or the Florentine tradition as Florentine steak is made one way, and one way only. And don't be surprised when the server brings the uncooked beef to the table before the chef cooks it, so you can both admire and approve your soon-to-be dinner.

Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.

5. Rome - Carbonara
Traditional Roman Carbonara is made with just four basic ingredients: guanciale (cured pork jowl), eggs, pecorino romano cheese and black pepper. That means no cream, ever! Instead, the mixture of eggs and cheese provide the creaminess of the dish. The origins of Carbonara are unclear but the name is thought to be derived for the Italian word for charcoal and many believe it was prepared as a filling meal for coal miners.

Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA

6. Naples - Pizza
Although pizza can be found everywhere nowadays its true home is Naples and no trip to the city would be complete without eating an authentic ‘pizza napoletana’. With a thicker crust than its Roman counterpart, the toppings are kept simple with most Italians opting for a patriotic Margherita Pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil - portraying the colors of the Italian flag.

Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Tuscan wines are popular all over the globe but the best-known is without a doubt Chianti. Many tasted their first sip of the tangy Sangiovese wine from a fiasco, a bottle wrapped in a straw basket, in a red-sauce Italian restaurant. Produced in the Chianti region between Florence and Siena, there are now many restrictions in place to ensure the quality of the "Chianti Classico". To ensure you are drinking an authentic Chianti of the highest quality, look for the symbol of the black rooster or gallo nero on the label.

Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.


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Jan | 11163 comments My Spot

Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020
7/7

Tasks

1. Italy - Pasta
Read #60 from your TBR: Deadly Sanctuary | Sylvia Nobel 8/9/20***
Deadly Sanctuary (Kendall O'Dell #1) by Sylvia Nobel

2. Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO. The Road to Paradise | Karen Barnett 6/12/20**
The Road to Paradise (Vintage National Parks, #1) by Karen Barnett

3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's: Nero's Fiddle | A.W. Exley 9/5/20***
Nero's Fiddle (Artifact Hunters #3) by A.W. Exley

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count (231 Pages) A Country Year: Living the Questions | Sue Hubbell 6/20/20**
A Country Year Living the Questions by Sue Hubbell

5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4: A Room Full of Bones | Elly Griffiths 8/7/20****
A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway, #4) by Elly Griffiths

6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (Page 106: "spotted empty pizza boxes"). The Passengers | John Marrs 6/11/20***
The Passengers by John Marrs

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant. Romeow and Juliet |Kathi Daley 8/15/20**
Romeow and Juliet (Whales and Tails #1) by Kathi Daley


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Patrizia | 932 comments Buono! I'm in!

Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1 - July 31, 2020
7/7

1. Italy
Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
Risking It All (=The Man Who Loved Christmas) by Kathryn Shay 3 july; 4☆
Risking It All (Rockford Fire Department, #2) by Kathryn Shay

2, Milan
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
Storm Rising by Sara Driscoll 21 June; 5☆
Storm Rising (FBI K-9 #3) by Sara Driscoll

3. Venice
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander 28 June; 5☆
Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander

4. Florence
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
288 pages- Killed on Blueberry Hill by Sharon Farrow 9 June; 4 1/2☆
Killed on Blueberry Hill (A Berry Basket Mystery, #3) by Sharon Farrow

5. Rome
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Plain Missing by Emma Miller 12 June; 5☆
Plain Missing (Amish Mystery, #4) by Emma Miller

6. Naples
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
her weekly pizza night (36% kindle)- Dial M for Mousse by Laura Bradford 5 June; 4☆
Dial M for Mousse (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery, #3) by Laura Bradford

7. Tuscany
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
Murder Most Fermented by Christine E. Blum 8 July; 3 1/2☆
Murder Most Fermented (Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery, #2) by Christine E. Blum


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Denise | 2430 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
2 Months from Start June 1 2020 - July 31, 2020
7/7

Tasks

√1. Italy - Pasta
Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. It is estimated that Italians eat over 60 pounds of pasta per person, per year easily beating Americans, who only eat about 20 pounds per person. Today pasta is everywhere and can be found in dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca) varieties depending on what the recipes call for. While pasta is made around the world, the product from Italy keeps to time-tested production methods that create a superior pasta. It is estimated that there are approximately 350 different types of pasta - and about four times that many names for them, varying according to the region or area. But one thing is sure, no matter the name or shape, pasta is a simple meal that is synonymous of Italy, and is always sure to please!

Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) #60 The Water's Edge by Karin Fossum 6.10.20

√2. Milan - Risotto
This deliciously creamy rice dish hails from the north of Italy and is made by toasting rice with butter and onion, adding stock and cooking until soft. Risotto can be prepared with a variety of ingredients such as seafood, porcini mushrooms and sausage. However don’t miss the traditional Risotto alla Milanese which is made with meat stock, bone marrow, cheese and a hefty dose of saffron to give it its trademark vivid yellow hue.

√Read a book with a yellow cover Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford by Jamie Ford 6.5.20

√3. Venice - Spritz
Venetians favorite aperitivo, the Spritz is made with sparkling Prosecco wine and a dash of liqueur such as bitter Campari or the orange-flavored Aperol served with ice and a slice of orange. Legend says it was invented during the 1800's when soldiers from the Austrian empire were stationed in the Veneto region. Not being used to the higher alcohol content of the local wines, they would ‘spritz’ a little water into them (spritzen means splash in German). Now the spritz is one of the most common pre-dinner drink in Venice and in fact, all over Italy.

Read a book that is set in the 1800's Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson 7.2.20

√4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Bistecca alla Fiorentina is mythical in the Renaissance city and tempting to meat lovers far and wide. It’s a large t-bone cut weighing anywhere from 2-8 pounds, fire-grilled traditionally over roasted chestnuts and seasoned with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon. Whatever you do, do not ask your steak to be cooked to your liking. You wouldn’t want to offend the chef or the Florentine tradition as Florentine steak is made one way, and one way only. And don't be surprised when the server brings the uncooked beef to the table before the chef cooks it, so you can both admire and approve your soon-to-be dinner.

Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F. Bernard Gunther in A German Requiem by Philip Kerr 6.3.20

√5. Rome - Carbonara
Traditional Roman Carbonara is made with just four basic ingredients: guanciale (cured pork jowl), eggs, pecorino romano cheese and black pepper. That means no cream, ever! Instead, the mixture of eggs and cheese provide the creaminess of the dish. The origins of Carbonara are unclear but the name is thought to be derived for the Italian word for charcoal and many believe it was prepared as a filling meal for coal miners.

√ read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA - Rhys Bowen In Farleigh Field 6.25.20

√6. Naples - Pizza
Although pizza can be found everywhere nowadays its true home is Naples and no trip to the city would be complete without eating an authentic ‘pizza napoletana’. With a thicker crust than its Roman counterpart, the toppings are kept simple with most Italians opting for a patriotic Margherita Pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil - portraying the colors of the Italian flag.

√read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page). “Cheap mini pizzas” p. 129 The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina 6..7.20

√7. Tuscany - Chianti
Tuscan wines are popular all over the globe but the best-known is without a doubt Chianti. Many tasted their first sip of the tangy Sangiovese wine from a fiasco, a bottle wrapped in a straw basket, in a red-sauce Italian restaurant. Produced in the Chianti region between Florence and Siena, there are now many restrictions in place to ensure the quality of the "Chianti Classico". To ensure you are drinking an authentic Chianti of the highest quality, look for the symbol of the black rooster or gallo nero on the label.

read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant. "Brunnetti decided to treat himself well and walked down to Al Covo for lunch" p. 88 The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon 7.10.20- The book is set in Venice, so the the restaurant Al Covo is an Italian restaurant.


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Tari (thann) | 409 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1-July 31, 2020

7/7

1. Italy - Pasta
Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
Was 350 at the time I chose it: Due or Die Jenn McKinlay 11/7/20

2. Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a yellow cover ORread a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
T-Thyme to Kill Tegan Maher 6/5/20

3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
Sapped Emily James 7/6/20 (134 pages, book #0.5 of the Maple Syrup Mysteries)

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
4: 240 pages-No Filter Heather Day Gilbert 6/1/20

5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the author's first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
AB-Witcher Upper Amy Boyles 6/23/20

6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
How to Bake a Murder K.J. Emrick 6/2/20 p 49 "She had considered ordering a pizza..."

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
Blane and Mia went-Final Ride Nic Saint 6/12/20


message 7: by Meg, Contributor (last edited Jul 19, 2020 03:44PM) (new)

Meg (makeli2) | 307 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1 - July 31, 2020

1. Italy
Read #20 from your TBR (sorted in any order)
Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective #1) by Sara Rosett Murder at Archly Manor 06/16

2, Milan
Read a book with a yellow cover
Delayed Death (Temptation in Florence #1) by Beate Boeker Delayed Death 06/04

3. Venice
Read a book that is set in the 1800's.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, #1) by Jennifer Ashley The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie 07/19

4. Florence
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count. (378p)
A Little Night Murder A Blackbird Sisters Mystery (The Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series Book 10) by Nancy Martin A Little Night Murder 06/11

5. Rome
Read a series book #4
A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4) by Louise Penny A Rule Against Murder 07/06

6. Naples
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title.
Blizzard in the Bay (The Inn at Holiday Bay, #8) by Kathi Daley The Inn at Holiday Bay: Blizzard in the Bay 06/07

7. Tuscany
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover.
Kill the Crazy (Madison Cruz #2) by Lucy Carol Kill the Crazy 07/11


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Kathryn (an80slady6886) | 532 comments uon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1-July 31, 2020
0/7

1. Italy - Pasta
Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.

2, Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.

3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.

5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA

6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.


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 Olivermagnus (lynda214) | 561 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1 - July 31, 2020

7
of 7 Complete

Tasks

🌸 1. Italy - Pasta
Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. It is estimated that Italians eat over 60 pounds of pasta per person, per year easily beating Americans, who only eat about 20 pounds per person. Today pasta is everywhere and can be found in dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca) varieties depending on what the recipes call for. While pasta is made around the world, the product from Italy keeps to time-tested production methods that create a superior pasta. It is estimated that there are approximately 350 different types of pasta - and about four times that many names for them, varying according to the region or area. But one thing is sure, no matter the name or shape, pasta is a simple meal that is synonymous of Italy, and is always sure to please!
Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Høeg - 7/15/20 - #60 added 1/17/2015 - sorted by date added

🌸2. Milan - Risotto
This deliciously creamy rice dish hails from the north of Italy and is made by toasting rice with butter and onion, adding stock and cooking until soft. Risotto can be prepared with a variety of ingredients such as seafood, porcini mushrooms and sausage. However don’t miss the traditional Risotto alla Milanese which is made with meat stock, bone marrow, cheese and a hefty dose of saffron to give it its trademark vivid yellow hue.
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover - Sarah MacLean - 6/22/20

🌸 3. Venice - Spritz
Venetians favorite aperitivo, the Spritz is made with sparkling Prosecco wine and a dash of liqueur such as bitter Campari or the orange-flavored Aperol served with ice and a slice of orange. Legend says it was invented during the 1800's when soldiers from the Austrian empire were stationed in the Veneto region. Not being used to the higher alcohol content of the local wines, they would ‘spritz’ a little water into them (spritzen means splash in German). Now the spritz is one of the most common pre-dinner drink in Venice and in fact, all over Italy.
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd - 7/18/20 - set from 1803 through American Civil War

🌸 4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Bistecca alla Fiorentina is mythical in the Renaissance city and tempting to meat lovers far and wide. It’s a large t-bone cut weighing anywhere from 2-8 pounds, fire-grilled traditionally over roasted chestnuts and seasoned with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon. Whatever you do, do not ask your steak to be cooked to your liking. You wouldn’t want to offend the chef or the Florentine tradition as Florentine steak is made one way, and one way only. And don't be surprised when the server brings the uncooked beef to the table before the chef cooks it, so you can both admire and approve your soon-to-be dinner.
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
Protector - Anna Hackett - 7/21/20 - 218 pages

🌸 5. Rome - Carbonara
Traditional Roman Carbonara is made with just four basic ingredients: guanciale (cured pork jowl), eggs, pecorino romano cheese and black pepper. That means no cream, ever! Instead, the mixture of eggs and cheese provide the creaminess of the dish. The origins of Carbonara are unclear but the name is thought to be derived for the Italian word for charcoal and many believe it was prepared as a filling meal for coal miners.
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Rise of the Isle of the Lost - Melissa de la Cruz - 7/4/20 - #4 The Descendents

🌸6. Naples - Pizza
Although pizza can be found everywhere nowadays its true home is Naples and no trip to the city would be complete without eating an authentic ‘pizza napoletana’. With a thicker crust than its Roman counterpart, the toppings are kept simple with most Italians opting for a patriotic Margherita Pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil - portraying the colors of the Italian flag.
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland - 7/4/20 - page 169 - "His car was found in front of the house, and the bag with the pizza was on the ground in the frontyard".

🌸 7. Tuscany - Chianti
Tuscan wines are popular all over the globe but the best-known is without a doubt Chianti. Many tasted their first sip of the tangy Sangiovese wine from a fiasco, a bottle wrapped in a straw basket, in a red-sauce Italian restaurant. Produced in the Chianti region between Florence and Siena, there are now many restrictions in place to ensure the quality of the "Chianti Classico". To ensure you are drinking an authentic Chianti of the highest quality, look for the symbol of the black rooster or gallo nero on the label.
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
Into the Fire - Suzanne Brockmann - 7/23/20 - page 218 - "Eden followed the hostess into the Italian restaurant aware of Izzy right behind her, aware of all eyes on them".


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Jan | 11163 comments Welcome everyone!!


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Amanda A (carolinabookworm) | 244 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1 - July 31
Completed: 7/7


Tasks

1. Italy - Pasta
Read book #60, #20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles (share titles).
Diamonds and Rock Hard by K.A. Linde 6/3

2. Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
Southern Chance by Natasha Madison 6/2

3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
Ink Inspired by Carrie Ann Ryan 6/21

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
Fatal Threat by Valerie Hansen 6/1
224 pages

5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts 6/6

6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
An Angel's Touch by Heather Graham Pozzessere 6/17

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
A Bitter Sweet Murder by Cindy Bell 7/21
A Bitter Sweet Murder (Chocolate Centered Mystery, #3) by Cindy Bell


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Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 1225 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
Begins: 01June20 / Ends: 31July20



7 / 7 completed


1. Italy - Pasta - Read book that has been published with 2 different titles - The Murder Stone a/k/a A Rule Against Murder ✔ – 01June2020

2. Milan - Risotto - Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO - Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone ✔ – 14June2020

3. Venice - Spritz - Read a book that is set in the 1800's - 1885 - To The Bright Edge of the World ✔ – 18June2020

4. Florence - Florentine Steak - Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B - Bill Hodges is m.c. of Finders Keepers ✔ – 05June2020

5. Rome - Carbonara Read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA - R.B. - Rachel Barenbaum / A Bend in the Stars ✔ - 01Aug20

6. Naples - Pizza - Read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text - p 81 - "Let's call for a pizza." - French Pressed ✔ – 09June2020

7. Tuscany - Chianti - Wine glass or bottle on the cover - Something Fresh (Blandings Castle, #1) by P.G. Wodehouse ✔ – 02July2020

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Jan | 11163 comments Enjoy Amanda & BC!!


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Ed Lehman | 363 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
2 Months from Start
6/1/20-7/31/20
100p. min.

6/7

Tasks

✔1. Italy - Pasta
Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. It is estimated that Italians eat over 60 pounds of pasta per person, per year easily beating Americans, who only eat about 20 pounds per person. Today pasta is everywhere and can be found in dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca) varieties depending on what the recipes call for. While pasta is made around the world, the product from Italy keeps to time-tested production methods that create a superior pasta. It is estimated that there are approximately 350 different types of pasta - and about four times that many names for them, varying according to the region or area. But one thing is sure, no matter the name or shape, pasta is a simple meal that is synonymous of Italy, and is always sure to please!

Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles. - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 6/30/20- originally Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

✔2. Milan - Risotto
This deliciously creamy rice dish hails from the north of Italy and is made by toasting rice with butter and onion, adding stock and cooking until soft. Risotto can be prepared with a variety of ingredients such as seafood, porcini mushrooms and sausage. However don’t miss the traditional Risotto alla Milanese which is made with meat stock, bone marrow, cheese and a hefty dose of saffron to give it its trademark vivid yellow hue.

Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO. - Outside Servitude by M.B. Bamba 6/8/20

✔3. Venice - Spritz
Venetians favorite aperitivo, the Spritz is made with sparkling Prosecco wine and a dash of liqueur such as bitter Campari or the orange-flavored Aperol served with ice and a slice of orange. Legend says it was invented during the 1800's when soldiers from the Austrian empire were stationed in the Veneto region. Not being used to the higher alcohol content of the local wines, they would ‘spritz’ a little water into them (spritzen means splash in German). Now the spritz is one of the most common pre-dinner drink in Venice and in fact, all over Italy.

Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's - The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope 6/3/20
OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).

✔4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Bistecca alla Fiorentina is mythical in the Renaissance city and tempting to meat lovers far and wide. It’s a large t-bone cut weighing anywhere from 2-8 pounds, fire-grilled traditionally over roasted chestnuts and seasoned with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon. Whatever you do, do not ask your steak to be cooked to your liking. You wouldn’t want to offend the chef or the Florentine tradition as Florentine steak is made one way, and one way only. And don't be surprised when the server brings the uncooked beef to the table before the chef cooks it, so you can both admire and approve your soon-to-be dinner.

Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count -214p.- The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket 6/10/20
or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.

✔5. Rome - Carbonara
Traditional Roman Carbonara is made with just four basic ingredients: guanciale (cured pork jowl), eggs, pecorino romano cheese and black pepper. That means no cream, ever! Instead, the mixture of eggs and cheese provide the creaminess of the dish. The origins of Carbonara are unclear but the name is thought to be derived for the Italian word for charcoal and many believe it was prepared as a filling meal for coal miners.

Read a series book #4- Death at Victoria Dockby by Kerry Greenwood 7/1/20
or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA

✔6. Naples - Pizza
Although pizza can be found everywhere nowadays its true home is Naples and no trip to the city would be complete without eating an authentic ‘pizza napoletana’. With a thicker crust than its Roman counterpart, the toppings are kept simple with most Italians opting for a patriotic Margherita Pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil - portraying the colors of the Italian flag.

Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page). - Ask the Cards a Question by Marcia Muller-12/2/20- p.59- “I didn’t order any pizza.”

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Tuscan wines are popular all over the globe but the best-known is without a doubt Chianti. Many tasted their first sip of the tangy Sangiovese wine from a fiasco, a bottle wrapped in a straw basket, in a red-sauce Italian restaurant. Produced in the Chianti region between Florence and Siena, there are now many restrictions in place to ensure the quality of the "Chianti Classico". To ensure you are drinking an authentic Chianti of the highest quality, look for the symbol of the black rooster or gallo nero on the label.

Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.


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Jonquil | 220 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1-July 31, 2020
100 pages

7/7

1. Italy - Pasta Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR Bombshell Stuart Woods 6/14
2, Milan - Risotto yellow cover Diane Kelly 6/21
Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses (Tara Holloway, #8) by Diane Kelly
3. Venice - Spritz prequel to a series (Nashville's Finest, #0.5) 118 pp Lit Fuse Caisey Quinn 6/27
4. Florence - Florentine Steak
2 or 8 in the total page count Paperback, 288 pages Shunned and Dangerous Laura Bradford 6/6
5. Rome - Carbonara series book #4 (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #4) Fudging the Books Daryl Wood Gerber 6/15
6. Naples - Pizza PIZZA found in the text "It's time for beer, a pizza and some ESPN." pg 286 A Soufflé of Suspicion Daryl Wood Gerber 6/24
7. Tuscany - Chianti wine bottle on the cover AND characters visit an Italian restaurant. B.B. Haywood 6/20
Town in a Lobster Stew (A Candy Holliday Mystery, #2) by B.B. Haywood


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Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 155 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
06.01-07.31.2020
0/7

Tasks

1. Italy - Pasta
Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. It is estimated that Italians eat over 60 pounds of pasta per person, per year easily beating Americans, who only eat about 20 pounds per person. Today pasta is everywhere and can be found in dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca) varieties depending on what the recipes call for. While pasta is made around the world, the product from Italy keeps to time-tested production methods that create a superior pasta. It is estimated that there are approximately 350 different types of pasta - and about four times that many names for them, varying according to the region or area. But one thing is sure, no matter the name or shape, pasta is a simple meal that is synonymous of Italy, and is always sure to please!

Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.

2. Milan - Risotto
This deliciously creamy rice dish hails from the north of Italy and is made by toasting rice with butter and onion, adding stock and cooking until soft. Risotto can be prepared with a variety of ingredients such as seafood, porcini mushrooms and sausage. However don’t miss the traditional Risotto alla Milanese which is made with meat stock, bone marrow, cheese and a hefty dose of saffron to give it its trademark vivid yellow hue.

Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.

3. Venice - Spritz
Venetians favorite aperitivo, the Spritz is made with sparkling Prosecco wine and a dash of liqueur such as bitter Campari or the orange-flavored Aperol served with ice and a slice of orange. Legend says it was invented during the 1800's when soldiers from the Austrian empire were stationed in the Veneto region. Not being used to the higher alcohol content of the local wines, they would ‘spritz’ a little water into them (spritzen means splash in German). Now the spritz is one of the most common pre-dinner drink in Venice and in fact, all over Italy.

Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Bistecca alla Fiorentina is mythical in the Renaissance city and tempting to meat lovers far and wide. It’s a large t-bone cut weighing anywhere from 2-8 pounds, fire-grilled traditionally over roasted chestnuts and seasoned with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon. Whatever you do, do not ask your steak to be cooked to your liking. You wouldn’t want to offend the chef or the Florentine tradition as Florentine steak is made one way, and one way only. And don't be surprised when the server brings the uncooked beef to the table before the chef cooks it, so you can both admire and approve your soon-to-be dinner.

Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.

5. Rome - Carbonara
Traditional Roman Carbonara is made with just four basic ingredients: guanciale (cured pork jowl), eggs, pecorino romano cheese and black pepper. That means no cream, ever! Instead, the mixture of eggs and cheese provide the creaminess of the dish. The origins of Carbonara are unclear but the name is thought to be derived for the Italian word for charcoal and many believe it was prepared as a filling meal for coal miners.

Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA

6. Naples - Pizza
Although pizza can be found everywhere nowadays its true home is Naples and no trip to the city would be complete without eating an authentic ‘pizza napoletana’. With a thicker crust than its Roman counterpart, the toppings are kept simple with most Italians opting for a patriotic Margherita Pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil - portraying the colors of the Italian flag.

Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Tuscan wines are popular all over the globe but the best-known is without a doubt Chianti. Many tasted their first sip of the tangy Sangiovese wine from a fiasco, a bottle wrapped in a straw basket, in a red-sauce Italian restaurant. Produced in the Chianti region between Florence and Siena, there are now many restrictions in place to ensure the quality of the "Chianti Classico". To ensure you are drinking an authentic Chianti of the highest quality, look for the symbol of the black rooster or gallo nero on the label.

Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant


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Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
Dates: June 1, 2020-July 31, 2020

Completed: 3/7

1. Italy - Pasta
Read book #60, #20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles (share titles).

2. Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO-On Grace by Susie Orman Schnall-Finished 6/21/2020***

3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in the 1800's-Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin-Finished 7/13/2020****

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page countPlenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith-Finished 7/10/2020*** (272 Pages)

5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA

6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.


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Karen ♐ (kmk1214) | 578 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1 - July 31, 2020
7/7


1. Italy
Read a book that has been published with 2 different titles. - A Dark and Stormy Knight and Seducing a Stranger Kerrigan Byrne - 8/9

2. Milan
Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO. - Resisting the Lawyer Emelia Blair - 6/8

3. Venice
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's - The Duke and I Julia Quinn - 6/19

4. Florence
Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F. - Boyd - Rough Renee Rose - 6/4

5. Rome
Read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA - Sinful Intent Chelle Bliss - 6/25

6. Naples
Read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page). - Pg 251 - carrying the pizza and the bag with the salad. - Yours After Dark Marie Force - 6/9

7. Tuscany
Read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant. - Henry Andria Large - 6/27


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Allie | 930 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
2 Months from Start

1/7

1. Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.

2. Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.

3. Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).

4. Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.

5. Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA

6. Read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text: Kitchen Confidential Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain 6/5/20 “I have Adam making my bread and my pizza” (page 241).

7. Read book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (In Italy)


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Bev(baglady) (blbaglady) | 198 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
06/01/2020 - 08/31/2020


1. Italy - Pasta
Read book #60, #20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles (share titles).
An Act of God Previously Published as The Last Testament A Memoir by God by David Javerbaum David Javerbaum 01/11/2021

2. Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward Amanda Eyre Ward 10/04/2020

3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) by C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis 12/28/2020

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
A Wedding in Provence by Ellen Sussman Ellen Sussman 10/03/2020 Pages - 288

5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
The Fallen (Amos Decker, #4) by David Baldacci David Baldacci 11/13/2020 Series Book #4

6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez Yamile Saied Méndez 11/11/2020 - Page 42 I grabbed a slice of pizza and took a bite. My taste buds exploded in ple…

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
Girl at War by Sara Nović Sara Nović 03/25/2021 Ana takes her boyfriend to the Italian restaurant her "uncle" owns


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Bryony (bryony46) | 386 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Progress: 7/7
Completed: 27 September 2020

Tasks

✔️ 1. Italy - Pasta
Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
The Three R's by Ruth Beechick
Completed: 11 September 2020

✔️ 2. Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Completed: 30 August 2020

✔️ 3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Completed: 28 June 2020

✔️ 4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Completed: 6 August 2020

✔️ 5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
Completed: 9 August 2020

✔️ 6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
"He was taken to Pizza Express for his birthday like I was.” (ebook location 195)
Completed: 10 September 2020

✔️ 7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
Completed: 27 September 2020


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message 28: by Jonquil (last edited Jul 04, 2020 01:50PM) (new)

Jonquil | 220 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1-July 31, 2020
100 pages

7/7 DONE

1. Italy - Pasta Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR Bombshell Stuart Woods 6/14
2, Milan - Risotto yellow cover Diane Kelly 6/21
Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses (Tara Holloway, #8) by Diane Kelly
3. Venice - Spritz prequel to a series (Nashville's Finest, #0.5) 118 pp Lit Fuse Caisey Quinn 6/27
4. Florence - Florentine Steak 2 or 8 in the total page count Paperback, 288 pages Shunned and Dangerous Laura Bradford 6/6
5. Rome - Carbonara series book #4 (Cookbook Nook Mystery, #4) Fudging the Books Daryl Wood Gerber 6/15
6. Naples - Pizza PIZZA found in the text "It's time for beer, a pizza and some ESPN." pg 286 A Soufflé of Suspicion Daryl Wood Gerber 6/24
7. Tuscany - Chianti wine bottle on the cover AND characters visit an Italian restaurant. B.B. Haywood 6/20
Town in a Lobster Stew (A Candy Holliday Mystery, #2) by B.B. Haywood


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Jan | 11163 comments Nicely done Jonquil :)


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Patrizia | 932 comments Done!

Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1 - July 31, 2020

1. Italy
Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
Risking It All (=The Man Who Loved Christmas) by Kathryn Shay 3 july; 4☆
Risking It All (Rockford Fire Department, #2) by Kathryn Shay

2, Milan
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
Storm Rising by Sara Driscoll 21 June; 5☆
Storm Rising (FBI K-9 #3) by Sara Driscoll

3. Venice
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander 28 June; 5☆
Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander

4. Florence
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
288 pages- Killed on Blueberry Hill by Sharon Farrow 9 June; 4 1/2☆
Killed on Blueberry Hill (A Berry Basket Mystery, #3) by Sharon Farrow

5. Rome
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Plain Missing by Emma Miller 12 June; 5☆
Plain Missing (Amish Mystery, #4) by Emma Miller

6. Naples
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
her weekly pizza night (36% kindle)- Dial M for Mousse by Laura Bradford 5 June; 4☆
Dial M for Mousse (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery, #3) by Laura Bradford

7. Tuscany
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
Murder Most Fermented by Christine E. Blum 8 July; 3 1/2☆
Murder Most Fermented (Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery, #2) by Christine E. Blum


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Meg (makeli2) | 307 comments Done!

Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1 - July 31, 2020

1. Italy
Read #20 from your TBR (sorted in any order)
Murder at Archly Manor (High Society Lady Detective #1) by Sara Rosett Murder at Archly Manor 06/16

2, Milan
Read a book with a yellow cover
Delayed Death (Temptation in Florence #1) by Beate Boeker Delayed Death 06/04

3. Venice
Read a book that is set in the 1800's.
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, #1) by Jennifer Ashley The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie 07/19

4. Florence
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count. (378p)
A Little Night Murder A Blackbird Sisters Mystery (The Blackbird Sisters Mystery Series Book 10) by Nancy Martin A Little Night Murder 06/11

5. Rome
Read a series book #4
A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4) by Louise Penny A Rule Against Murder 07/06

6. Naples
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title.
Blizzard in the Bay (The Inn at Holiday Bay, #8) by Kathi Daley The Inn at Holiday Bay: Blizzard in the Bay 06/07

7. Tuscany
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover.
Kill the Crazy (Madison Cruz #2) by Lucy Carol Kill the Crazy 07/11


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Jan | 11163 comments Well done Meg!


message 34: by Denise (new)

Denise | 2430 comments Finished - thank you for the challenge!

Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
2 Months from Start June 1 2020 - July 31, 2020
7/7

Tasks

√1. Italy - Pasta
Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. It is estimated that Italians eat over 60 pounds of pasta per person, per year easily beating Americans, who only eat about 20 pounds per person. Today pasta is everywhere and can be found in dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca) varieties depending on what the recipes call for. While pasta is made around the world, the product from Italy keeps to time-tested production methods that create a superior pasta. It is estimated that there are approximately 350 different types of pasta - and about four times that many names for them, varying according to the region or area. But one thing is sure, no matter the name or shape, pasta is a simple meal that is synonymous of Italy, and is always sure to please!

Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) #60 The Water's Edge by Karin Fossum 6.10.20

√2. Milan - Risotto
This deliciously creamy rice dish hails from the north of Italy and is made by toasting rice with butter and onion, adding stock and cooking until soft. Risotto can be prepared with a variety of ingredients such as seafood, porcini mushrooms and sausage. However don’t miss the traditional Risotto alla Milanese which is made with meat stock, bone marrow, cheese and a hefty dose of saffron to give it its trademark vivid yellow hue.

√Read a book with a yellow cover Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford by Jamie Ford 6.5.20

√3. Venice - Spritz
Venetians favorite aperitivo, the Spritz is made with sparkling Prosecco wine and a dash of liqueur such as bitter Campari or the orange-flavored Aperol served with ice and a slice of orange. Legend says it was invented during the 1800's when soldiers from the Austrian empire were stationed in the Veneto region. Not being used to the higher alcohol content of the local wines, they would ‘spritz’ a little water into them (spritzen means splash in German). Now the spritz is one of the most common pre-dinner drink in Venice and in fact, all over Italy.

Read a book that is set in the 1800's Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson 7.2.20

√4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Bistecca alla Fiorentina is mythical in the Renaissance city and tempting to meat lovers far and wide. It’s a large t-bone cut weighing anywhere from 2-8 pounds, fire-grilled traditionally over roasted chestnuts and seasoned with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon. Whatever you do, do not ask your steak to be cooked to your liking. You wouldn’t want to offend the chef or the Florentine tradition as Florentine steak is made one way, and one way only. And don't be surprised when the server brings the uncooked beef to the table before the chef cooks it, so you can both admire and approve your soon-to-be dinner.

Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F. Bernard Gunther in A German Requiem by Philip Kerr 6.3.20

√5. Rome - Carbonara
Traditional Roman Carbonara is made with just four basic ingredients: guanciale (cured pork jowl), eggs, pecorino romano cheese and black pepper. That means no cream, ever! Instead, the mixture of eggs and cheese provide the creaminess of the dish. The origins of Carbonara are unclear but the name is thought to be derived for the Italian word for charcoal and many believe it was prepared as a filling meal for coal miners.

√ read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA - Rhys Bowen In Farleigh Field 6.25.20

√6. Naples - Pizza
Although pizza can be found everywhere nowadays its true home is Naples and no trip to the city would be complete without eating an authentic ‘pizza napoletana’. With a thicker crust than its Roman counterpart, the toppings are kept simple with most Italians opting for a patriotic Margherita Pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil - portraying the colors of the Italian flag.

√read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page). “Cheap mini pizzas” p. 129 The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina 6..7.20

√7. Tuscany - Chianti
Tuscan wines are popular all over the globe but the best-known is without a doubt Chianti. Many tasted their first sip of the tangy Sangiovese wine from a fiasco, a bottle wrapped in a straw basket, in a red-sauce Italian restaurant. Produced in the Chianti region between Florence and Siena, there are now many restrictions in place to ensure the quality of the "Chianti Classico". To ensure you are drinking an authentic Chianti of the highest quality, look for the symbol of the black rooster or gallo nero on the label.

read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant. "Brunnetti decided to treat himself well and walked down to Al Covo for lunch" p. 88 The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon 7.10.20- The book is set in Venice, so the the restaurant Al Covo is an Italian restaurant.


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Denise | 2430 comments thank you!


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 Olivermagnus (lynda214) | 561 comments ~~~ Completed ~~~

Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1 - July 31, 2020

7
of 7 Complete

Tasks

🌸 1. Italy - Pasta
Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. It is estimated that Italians eat over 60 pounds of pasta per person, per year easily beating Americans, who only eat about 20 pounds per person. Today pasta is everywhere and can be found in dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca) varieties depending on what the recipes call for. While pasta is made around the world, the product from Italy keeps to time-tested production methods that create a superior pasta. It is estimated that there are approximately 350 different types of pasta - and about four times that many names for them, varying according to the region or area. But one thing is sure, no matter the name or shape, pasta is a simple meal that is synonymous of Italy, and is always sure to please!
Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Høeg - 7/15/20 - #60 added 1/17/2015 - sorted by date added

🌸2. Milan - Risotto
This deliciously creamy rice dish hails from the north of Italy and is made by toasting rice with butter and onion, adding stock and cooking until soft. Risotto can be prepared with a variety of ingredients such as seafood, porcini mushrooms and sausage. However don’t miss the traditional Risotto alla Milanese which is made with meat stock, bone marrow, cheese and a hefty dose of saffron to give it its trademark vivid yellow hue.
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover - Sarah MacLean - 6/22/20

🌸 3. Venice - Spritz
Venetians favorite aperitivo, the Spritz is made with sparkling Prosecco wine and a dash of liqueur such as bitter Campari or the orange-flavored Aperol served with ice and a slice of orange. Legend says it was invented during the 1800's when soldiers from the Austrian empire were stationed in the Veneto region. Not being used to the higher alcohol content of the local wines, they would ‘spritz’ a little water into them (spritzen means splash in German). Now the spritz is one of the most common pre-dinner drink in Venice and in fact, all over Italy.
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd - 7/18/20 - set from 1803 through American Civil War

🌸 4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Bistecca alla Fiorentina is mythical in the Renaissance city and tempting to meat lovers far and wide. It’s a large t-bone cut weighing anywhere from 2-8 pounds, fire-grilled traditionally over roasted chestnuts and seasoned with salt, pepper, a squeeze of lemon. Whatever you do, do not ask your steak to be cooked to your liking. You wouldn’t want to offend the chef or the Florentine tradition as Florentine steak is made one way, and one way only. And don't be surprised when the server brings the uncooked beef to the table before the chef cooks it, so you can both admire and approve your soon-to-be dinner.
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
Protector - Anna Hackett - 7/21/20 - 218 pages

🌸 5. Rome - Carbonara
Traditional Roman Carbonara is made with just four basic ingredients: guanciale (cured pork jowl), eggs, pecorino romano cheese and black pepper. That means no cream, ever! Instead, the mixture of eggs and cheese provide the creaminess of the dish. The origins of Carbonara are unclear but the name is thought to be derived for the Italian word for charcoal and many believe it was prepared as a filling meal for coal miners.
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Rise of the Isle of the Lost - Melissa de la Cruz - 7/4/20 - #4 The Descendents

🌸6. Naples - Pizza
Although pizza can be found everywhere nowadays its true home is Naples and no trip to the city would be complete without eating an authentic ‘pizza napoletana’. With a thicker crust than its Roman counterpart, the toppings are kept simple with most Italians opting for a patriotic Margherita Pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil - portraying the colors of the Italian flag.
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland - 7/4/20 - page 169 - "His car was found in front of the house, and the bag with the pizza was on the ground in the frontyard".

🌸 7. Tuscany - Chianti
Tuscan wines are popular all over the globe but the best-known is without a doubt Chianti. Many tasted their first sip of the tangy Sangiovese wine from a fiasco, a bottle wrapped in a straw basket, in a red-sauce Italian restaurant. Produced in the Chianti region between Florence and Siena, there are now many restrictions in place to ensure the quality of the "Chianti Classico". To ensure you are drinking an authentic Chianti of the highest quality, look for the symbol of the black rooster or gallo nero on the label.
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
Into the Fire - Suzanne Brockmann - 7/23/20 - page 218 - "Eden followed the hostess into the Italian restaurant aware of Izzy right behind her, aware of all eyes on them".


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Amanda A (carolinabookworm) | 244 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1 - July 31
Completed: 7/7


Tasks

1. Italy - Pasta
Read book #60, #20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles (share titles).
Diamonds and Rock Hard by K.A. Linde 6/3

2. Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
Southern Chance by Natasha Madison 6/2

3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
Ink Inspired by Carrie Ann Ryan 6/21

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
Fatal Threat by Valerie Hansen 6/1
224 pages

5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts 6/6

6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
An Angel's Touch by Heather Graham Pozzessere 6/17

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
A Bitter Sweet Murder by Cindy Bell 7/21
A Bitter Sweet Murder (Chocolate Centered Mystery, #3) by Cindy Bell


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Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 1225 comments Update message # 12 - Challenge completed


Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
Begins: 01June20 / Ends: 31July20



7 / 7 completed


1. Italy - Pasta - Read book that has been published with 2 different titles - The Murder Stone a/k/a A Rule Against Murder ✔ – 01June2020

2. Milan - Risotto - Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO - Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone ✔ – 14June2020

3. Venice - Spritz - Read a book that is set in the 1800's - 1885 - To The Bright Edge of the World ✔ – 18June2020

4. Florence - Florentine Steak - Read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B - Bill Hodges is m.c. of Finders Keepers ✔ – 05June2020

5. Rome - Carbonara Read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA - R.B. - Rachel Barenbaum / A Bend in the Stars ✔ - 01Aug20

6. Naples - Pizza - Read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text - p 81 - "Let's call for a pizza." - French Pressed ✔ – 09June2020

7. Tuscany - Chianti - Wine glass or bottle on the cover - Something Fresh (Blandings Castle, #1) by P.G. Wodehouse ✔ – 02July2020

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Jan | 11163 comments Nice challenge work BC!


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Bryony (bryony46) | 386 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Progress: 7/7
Completed: 27 September 2020

Tasks

✔️ 1. Italy - Pasta
Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
The Three R's by Ruth Beechick
Completed: 11 September 2020

✔️ 2. Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a yellow cover OR read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Completed: 30 August 2020

✔️ 3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Completed: 28 June 2020

✔️ 4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Completed: 6 August 2020

✔️ 5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
Completed: 9 August 2020

✔️ 6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
"He was taken to Pizza Express for his birthday like I was.” (ebook location 195)
Completed: 10 September 2020

✔️ 7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
Completed: 27 September 2020


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Jan | 11163 comments Well done Bryony!


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Frankie Johnson | 169 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
Duration: October 27, 2020-December 26, 2020

7/7 Completed. Finished

Tasks
1. Italy - Pasta

Read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
(A Little Too Late)
Love, Hannah-Staci Hart 11/15

2. Milan - Risotto

Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
Random & Rare-Cat Porter 10/27

3. Venice - Spritz

Read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
(Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Series)
Luca Vitiello-Cora Reilly 12/03

4. Florence - Florentine Steak

Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count.
(294)
Until the Last Breath-Shanora Williams 10/29

5. Rome - Carbonara

Read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Cora Reilly-Bound by the Past 11/18

6. Naples - Pizza

Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title.
A Pizza My Heart-Teagan Hunter 12/08

7. Tuscany - Chianti

Read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant
The Woman at the Docks-Jessica Gadziala 11/01
Love, Hannah (The Austens, #3) by Staci Hart Random & Rare (Lock & Key, #2) by Cat Porter Luca Vitiello (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #0.5) by Cora Reilly Until the Last Breath by Shanora Williams Bound by the Past (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #7) by Cora Reilly A Pizza My Heart (Slice #1) by Teagan Hunter The Woman at the Docks (Grassi Family, #1) by Jessica Gadziala


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Jan | 11163 comments Enjoy the challenge Frankie!


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Tari (thann) | 409 comments Finally!

Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
June 1-July 31, 2020

7/7

1. Italy - Pasta
Read #60, 20 or #350 from your TBR (sorted in any order) OR read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
Was 350 at the time I chose it: Due or Die Jenn McKinlay 11/7/20

2. Milan - Risotto
Read a book with a yellow cover ORread a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
T-Thyme to Kill Tegan Maher 6/5/20

3. Venice - Spritz
Read a book that is set in Venice or in the 1800's OR read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
Sapped Emily James 7/6/20 (134 pages, book #0.5 of the Maple Syrup Mysteries)

4. Florence - Florentine Steak
Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count or read a book with a MC whose first name starts with B or F.
4: 240 pages-No Filter Heather Day Gilbert 6/1/20

5. Rome - Carbonara
Read a series book #4 or read a book in which the author's first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
AB-Witcher Upper Amy Boyles 6/23/20

6. Naples - Pizza
Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title or author's name or read a book with the word PIZZA found in the text (share phrase and page).
How to Bake a Murder K.J. Emrick 6/2/20 p 49 "She had considered ordering a pizza..."

7. Tuscany - Chianti
Read a book with a wine glass or wine bottle on the cover OR read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant.
Blane and Mia went-Final Ride Nic Saint 6/12/20


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Jan | 11163 comments Way to go Tari!!


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Tari (thann) | 409 comments Jan wrote: "Way to go Tari!!"

Thanks, Jan!


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Frankie Johnson | 169 comments Buon-Appetito: The Cuisine of Italy
Duration: October 27, 2020-December 26, 2020

7/7 Completed. Finished

Tasks
1. Italy - Pasta

Read a book that has been published with 2 different titles.
(A Little Too Late)
Love, Hannah-Staci Hart 11/15

2. Milan - Risotto

Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in RISOTTO.
Random & Rare-Cat Porter 10/27

3. Venice - Spritz

Read a book that is a pre-quel to a series (must be over the 100 page limit).
(Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Series)
Luca Vitiello-Cora Reilly 12/03

4. Florence - Florentine Steak

Read a book that has 2 or 8 in the total page count.
(294)
Until the Last Breath-Shanora Williams 10/29

5. Rome - Carbonara

Read a book in which the authors first AND last initial can be found in CARBONARA
Cora Reilly-Bound by the Past 11/18

6. Naples - Pizza

Read a book with ZZ (double Z) in the title.
A Pizza My Heart-Teagan Hunter 12/08

7. Tuscany - Chianti

Read a book in which the characters visit an Italian restaurant
The Woman at the Docks-Jessica Gadziala 11/01
Love, Hannah (The Austens, #3) by Staci Hart Random & Rare (Lock & Key, #2) by Cat Porter Luca Vitiello (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #0.5) by Cora Reilly Until the Last Breath by Shanora Williams Bound by the Past (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #7) by Cora Reilly A Pizza My Heart (Slice #1) by Teagan Hunter The Woman at the Docks (Grassi Family, #1) by Jessica Gadziala


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