The encyclopedia of Italian cooking

Book - 2012

All the essential techniques, profusely illustrated with step-by-step photographs. How do you recognise a San Marzano tomato? How do you shape tortellini? How do you cut scallopine? Everyone loves Italian food, but the ingredients and techniques can be new territory. To make sense of it all, you need La Cucina Italiana.

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Published
New York, NY : Rizzoli International 2012.
Language
English
Italian
Physical Description
x, 469 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 454-455) and index.
ISBN
9780847839148
0847839141
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Offers illustrated step-by-step instructions for mastering over five hundred classic Italian recipes while revealing the secrets behind such techniques as trimming an artichoke, shaping gnocchi, and cooking risotto.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

All the essential techniques, profusely illustrated with step-by-step photographs. How do you recognize a San Marzano tomato? How do you shape tortellini? How do you cut scallopine? Everyone loves Italian food, but the ingredients and techniques can be new territory and plain recipes can take you only so far. To make sense of it all, you need La Cucina Italiana. With more than 3,000 step-by-step photographs, this veritable encyclopedia guides you through all the essential building blocks of this cuisine. The images remove the guesswork from the more than 500 recipes included, allowing you to truly master the art of Italian cooking. Reflecting the philosophy of the cuisine itself, La Cucina Italiana puts ingredients first, explaining the different types and the best use of each. Then it supplies you with multiple methods for preparing those ingredients, ranging from simple to complex. Thus the book is suitable both for beginners and more advanced chefs who want to perfect their techniques. Sprinkled throughout are sidebars such as "The Right Tool," "Chef&;s Secrets," and "Advice and Tips." Perhaps the most user-friendly publication ever on Italian cooking, La Cucina Italiana is like a compact cooking school you can keep on your shelf.