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    Cooking Up an Italian Life : Simple Pleasures of Italy in Recipes and Stories

    Sanders, Sharon
    Ayriss, Linda Holt
    Berman, Carol A.

    Pergola West
    Published: February 1, 2001
    ISBN: 0970298137

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    Book Description
    From Publishers Weekly
    As every serious cook knows by now, fresh ingredients whether grains, vegetables, seafood, poultry, meat or herbs are the mainstays of Italian cooking. The recipes in this collection, flavored by engaging (though not terribly original) stories about the author's own culinary adventures in Italy, are variations on that deservedly popular theme; in addition to a tasty Chicken Noodle Soup with Spinach and Basil, there's a hearty Beans, Greens, and Sausage Soup that can be prepared in a snap. Some of the pasta dishes are predictable, especially those featuring meat sauce or clams, but others are more adventurous a ziti dish, for instance, uses cauliflower, ripe olives and toasted bread crumbs, while Radiatori with Chick-peas, Kale and Herbs is boldly seasoned with thyme and sage. Sanders (Prevention's Low-Fat, Low-Cost Cookbook; Slim Snacks) also offers up appetizers, including a variety of crostini toppings, and salads. In addition to more decadent dessert ideas ranging from Watermelon Wine Granita to Roman Cheesecake, she promotes the Italian notion of simple, ripe fruit as an elegant and healthy coda to any meal. There's no shortage of Italian cookbooks for Americans, yet in her missionary zeal, Sanders often writes as if she is introducing us to something new. Even so, these straightforward recipes can be easily prepared for a family, even after a busy day.

    Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

    Product Description:
    You don't have to live in Italy to live like an Italian. In Cooking Up an Italian Life, an inviting collection of meals and stories, well-known food writer Sharon Sanders unites an Italian sensibility to an American lifestyle. Sanders lived, worked, and married in Italy-one of the few foreigners ever to wed in the celebrated Church of Santa Croce. With "What I Learned About Life from the Risotto King of Milan," "I Brake for Italians, " "My Dinner with Luciano," and other spirited essays, Sanders escorts us to the Italy that is in everyone's kitchen. Keenly aware of how sharing food enhances daily living, and in tune with the simplicity people crave today, she shares nearly 200 recipes made from seasonal produce, imported basics, and ingredients found in any supermarket. Most recipes are designed as complete meals at a glance. For special times, dozens of appetizer and dessert recipes may be added to the core dinners. Cooks ready for more ambitious projects may turn to "Making Rustic Bread," "Capturing Summer Flavors for All Meals," "Making Fresh Egg Pasta," or other lessons. The affordable wine recommendations enable everyone to raise a glass and offer a hearty salute to the spirit of Italy within all of us.

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