Rustic Italian Simple, authentic recipes for everyday cooking

Domenica Marchetti

Book - 2011

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San Francisco, CA : Weldon Owen c2011.
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
223 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Main Author
Domenica Marchetti (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A recipe and reference guide that features options ranging from crostini with figs and roasted chicken with olives and lemons also provides advice on stocking a pantry and selecting Italian wines.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Organizes 100 comprehensive recipes into six chapters divided by course in an anecdotal reference that features options ranging from bold-tasting crostini with figs and simple roasted chicken with olives and lemons, providing complementary advice on stocking a pantry and selecting Italian wines.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This book offers over 100 recipes that are inspired by classic Italian favorites, but are lighter, fresher, simpler, and perfect for today’s busy home cook.This engaging, accessible everyday Italian cookbook features 100 simple recipes highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients. The recipes are divided into six chapters, which are organized by course. Author Domenica Marchetti’s lively voice shines through in the evocative text, which grounds us in place and season. The food is rustic—loose and not perfectly composed—and the recipes use familiar ingredients but are also modern, offering a subtle element of surprise through interesting flavor pairings and the use of a wide range of produce and Italian pantry stapes. There is a festive vibe to the recipes and text—this is food to share in a casual setting with family and friends. Wine pairings are offered for every recipe, adding to the convivial feeling of the book. Bring the bold and beloved flavors of Italy into your kitchen with this enticing collection of authentic dishes made modern. In these pages, author Domenica Marchetti shares her rich Italian heritage with an abundant array of simply prepared foods that embrace the seasons and celebrate traditional ingredients and techniques. The more than 100 recipes are organized by course, from antipasti such as crostini with tasty toppings and saffron-infused rice croquettes to dolci like pistachio gelato and plum-almond cake. In zuppe e insalate, discover soups and salads to match every occasion, such as hearty wild rice soup with porcini and escarole, a tomato-based Livorno-style fish stew, a simple salad of beets with blood oranges and fennel, and green beans tossed with ricotta salata and lemon. You’ll also find dishes like spaghetti with summer squash and crispy speck, risotto with Prosecco and radicchio, and Roman-style pizza with spinach and olives. In pesce e carne, look for such favorites as Tuscan-style steak with crispy potatoes and roasted branzino with herbed farro. And, as in Italy, the vegetables here shine with little adornment in contorni like wine-braised broccoli rabe, spicy sautéed kale and chickpeas, and oven-roasted endive. Wine-pairing suggestions and guides to Italian cheeses, salumi, and pantry staples round out this fresh take on home-cooked Italian fare. "This collection reflects how I cook at home. My favorite dishes to make for family and friends are uncomplicated ones—recipes that honor ingredients and the seasons, with a nod to my Italian heritage.” Sample recipes: Antipasti Pickled Cauliflower with Chile Bread Crumbs Burrata with Roasted Peppers and Coppa Crostini with Spicy Broccoli Rabe and Pecorino Meatballs In Swiss Chard–Tomato Sauce Cambozola-Stuffed Dates Wrapped In Prosciutto Zuppe e Insalate Carrot and Winter Squash Soup with Pancetta Wild Rice Soup with Porcini and Escarole Tuscan Bread Salad with Caper Dressing Citrusy Shrimp and Calamari Salad Arugula with Figs, Honey, and Sovrano Cheese Pasta, Risotto, e Pizza Bucatini with Caramelized Onions Cavatelli with Zucchini Blossoms Fettuccine with Pistachio Pesto Baked Penne with Eggplant and Smoked Scamorza Prosecco Risotto with Radicchio Roman-Style Pizza with Spinach and Olives Individual Grilled Pizzas Pesce e Carne Clams with White Wine, Tomatoes, and Sausage Roasted Branzino with Herbed Farro Tuna-Stuffed Grilled Sardines Butterflied Chicken Roasted with Lemons Pork Rib Ragu with Polenta Tuscan-Style Steak with Crispy Potatoes Contorni Roasted Delicata Squash with Sage Asparagus and Asiago Gratin Balsamic-Braised Cippolini Onions Spicy Sautéed Chickpeas with Kale Roasted Potato and Mushroom Strata Dolci Melon Granita with Basil Pistachio Gelato with Shaved Chocolate Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Roasted Rhubarb Shortbread Wedges with Rosemary Plum-Almond Cake