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Claire's Italian Feast: 165 Vegetarian Recipes from Nonna's Kitchen
Published: October 1, 1998
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When Criscuolo's grandmother came to America from Amalfi in Southern Italy, she brought a wealth of family recipes with her, which the author has prepared for her customers at Claire's Corner Copia restaurant in New Haven, Conn.
It's a tribute to the variety of ingredients that one can read through dozens of dishes presented here before realizing that they are all meat-free. Making Italian-style vegetarian cooking alluring are appetizers such as White Bean and Mint Salad; pasta
dishes like Linguine with Pumpkin Sauce; and entr?es such as Potato and Onion Frittata, Spinach Risotto and Pizza Amalfitan (rectangular, with fresh tomatoes and Parmesan cheese). There are chapters on stocking the pantry, planning menus and concocting
festive desserts, with many hints along the way on using meat substitutes, cooking dried beans and preparing unusual vegetables (cippoline, broccoli rabe and squash blossoms, for example). Despite some deep-frying, dishes are generally light and often as
simple as pasta tossed with olive oil, garlic and capers. Family reminiscences lend warmth, supporting Criscuolo's assertion that in her household "love was served on the platters."
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Claire Criscuolo's latest cookbook contains the personal favorite recipes from her Italian grandmother for colorful, authentic meals. All recipes are vegetarian, and for classic Southern Italian dishes which require meat products,
Criscuolo provides suggestions for alternatives. With chapters on appetizers, side dishes, pastas, entrees and desserts, Claire's Italian Feast evokes the fresh, abundant flavors of Italy with dishes like: * Portobello Mushroom Caps, roasted with mint
and garlic * Fresh tomato soup with Garlic Toasts * Pizza Dough with goat cheese and truffle oil * Red Bell Peppers stuffed with arborio rice and artichoke hearts * Easter Sweet Bread * Chocolate Covered Eggplant Claire's Italian Feast also features tips
on selecting wine, cheese, and grains and includes a chapter on preparing several-course meals for special family and religious celebrations. It is a healthy and irresistible take on what Italian cooking is all about.
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