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Enoteca: Simple, Delicious Recipes in the Wine Bar Tradition Paperback – 31 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reprint edition (31 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811847373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811847377
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 2 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,679,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joyce Goldstein is a nationally known chef, author, teacher, and Mediterranean cooking expert. Her numerous cookbooks include, most recently, Italian Slow and Savory (0-8118-4238-X) and Solo Suppers (0-8118-3620-7). She lives in San Francisco. Angela Wyant is a Sacramento-based photographer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Food & Wine, and Travel & Leisure magazines. Evan Goldstein is a Master Sommelier. He makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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To collect recipes for this book, I sent letter to owners and sommeliers of 180 enotecas in diverse regions of Italy. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 May 2010
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I picked this up on a whim. I have an addiction to cookery books (350+) and this was a little different to the norm. There wasn't really any synopsis so I wasn't sure what to expect but it was cheap and had a certain appeal, partly based on my interest in cooking and partly because I love travelling and have lived in Italy.

The book aims to demonstrate the cookery of the Italian enoteca or, broadly speaking, wine bar. The recipes have, at least in part, been collected from enoteca owners throughout the Italian regions. Such establishments have small kitchens, sometimes no kitchen at all, and hence they are not the place to go for fancy food. The recipes therefore are simple to prepare. There are many which could be described as snacks e.g. potato croquettes, saffron rice croquettes, various frittatas, stuffed zucchini flowers (I am growing my own courgettes mainly to get the flowers as they are otherwise very difficult to track down in the UK). There is also a good selection of savoury pastries & breads such as onion, gorgonzola & walnut focaccia, rustic meat & cheese pie, together with pasta & risottos. There is a wonderful recipe for using up leftover risotto which involves making a 'sandwich' by layering a cheese mixture between two layers of risotto and then frying it. Probably not the lowest calorie dish but very more-ish. There are also sections covering meat (for example lamb stew with lemon & garlic), fish & shellfish (for example, swordfish rolls from Sicily), and vegetable dishes (from aubergine alla parmigiana for which I probably have twenty or thirty recipes, to fennel & endive gratin or potato pie). There is a chapter on cheeses & preserves, and also a small collection of desserts including a rather good mascarpone fruit tart.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, Inexpensive source for Italian Entertaining 8 Jan. 2005
By B. Marold - Published on
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`Enoteca' by noted Mediterranean culinary writer and teacher Joyce Goldstein is one of those rare books which rekindle one's interest in an area the reader believed has been almost totally burnt out by reading dozens of books on, for example, general and regional Italian cookery. The Enoteca is a Greek based word for an Italian wine bar similar to the Spanish tapas bar and the Greek and Turkish meze bars. There is a strong similarity between an osterie, an older term, and the Enoteca, as both serve wine and neither have a full trattoria style menu. The Enoteca may even not have any tables, but it will most certainly have a wide variety of wines and a selection of foods which may be made on the premises but which may as likely be brought in from nearby food stores and restaurante or trattoria kitchens. The best American model I know of is Mario Batali's Babbo `restaurant and Enoteca', where the emphasis on wine selections supported by partner Joe Bastianich supports the dual function for this establishment.

The fact that while the term Enoteca may be old, it has been enthusiastically adapted by the Italian culinary establishment which has gone so far as to codify the requirements which allow a business to label itself an `Enoteca'. These requirements are largely based on the bar's stocking a large number and variety of Italian wines, plus a sizable stock of French and other foreign wines. The Enoteca model seems to be primarily a northern Italian thing, with strong exemplars in Venice and Milan. One of the most attractive things about this book is the number of recipes for northern Italian dishes that mimic much more famous southern dishes such as the pizza and the Calzone.

The official model for an Enoteca does not require that the servers are qualified as master sommeliers, but they must be very well informed about wine and how their wines can be paired with food. Ms. Goldstein's co-author of this book is her son, Evan Goldstein, who is a master sommelier and who supplies all the wine to food pairings in the book. As I know virtually nothing about wine, the only evaluation I can give of these offerings is that they are better than most, in that they define both the characteristics of the wine which will go well with the dish, then recommend specific wine labels, generally at least two different wines, often from two different continents. This is about as good a source of wine to food pairings I have seen in a cookbook.

I almost have a sense that unlike the Spanish and Greek cuisine centers cited above, the Italian wine bar menu items have been lost in the great forest of information published about Italian cuisine. To be sure, almost all recipes in this book can be found in other major works from authorities such as Marcella Hazan and Giuliano Bugialli, but this particular collection of recipes just seems to come alive as they are presented to all satisfy a single purpose, being the most interesting finger food can be had to eat with a glass of wine.

The leading chapter points out the similarities between the Italian and the Spanish `bar food', as the subject here is fritters and frittatas, comparable to fried empanadas and the potato tortilla. Many other Italian cookbooks have lots of recipes on frittatas, but the croquettes seem to be much less easy to find.

The second chapter is on savory pastries and breads featuring `pizza rustica', green pies, crostinis, focaccias, and an especially interesting flatbread from Romagna. These northern Italian specialities are all strong analogues to the southern Italian specialities as well as the Mexican flour tortilla.

The third chapter on pastas and grains features fresh pasta and baked pasta dishes that are very easy to bake in advance and dish out portion by portion. So, lots of gratins and casseroles here. If you happen to be as fond of gratins as I am, you are almost certain to have the same warm reaction to this book.

The next chapter on fish concentrates on recipes for cold salads and gratins made with fish, especially shrimp, tuna, baccala, trout, clams and mussels.

The next chapter on meat and poultry again concentrates on make ahead dishes such as stews and braises or carpaccios (raw meats).

The vegetable chapter has some nice little discoveries, featuring a mashed potato pie from Apulia. Other dishes, again, are cold salads or make ahead casseroles, stews, and gratins. One of the rare sautes is here, with a dish of sautéed mushrooms. I have never heard of Hobbits in Italy, but I am sure they would love to find this dish.

It is not surprising to find a chapter devoted to cheeses, as this is a natural accompaniment to wine. Aside from the ten (10) recipes, this chapter features a thumbnail guide to Italian cheeses.

There are only four (4) recipes for sweets, which is not surprising as the conventional wisdom on Italian food culture is that baked desserts are not a big thing. They are largely an excuse for Noni to break out the vin santo in the afternoon. For certain, the author's description of Enotecas indicates that they will do virtually no baking on the premises, as most of them will not even have a pizza oven.

The book includes an excellent little bibliography, including the volume from Carol Field, `Italy in Small Bites' which most closely matches the cuisine in this book.

Almost all of the recipes in the book were supplied by Italian Enoteca owners, developed by the excellent cookbook writing of Ms. Goldstein who never fails to please me with her careful working of classic recipes.

This extremely attractive, very reasonably priced book is a great find for planning food and wine for a party. How can you possibly go wrong with both authentic recipes and expert wine picks.
good book 29 May 2007
By Christopher W. Damico - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is very nice and has interesting food in it. The pics are very nice as well. Surprising how simple Italian food really is.
Entertaining book 28 Dec. 2012
By Josephine Varsi - Published on
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I had borrowed the book from my library and knew I wanted to own it so it wasn't a shot in the dark.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
best of the best 24 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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I love this book, good recipes and easy to make, and it's so nice to have the correct wines already chosen, takes the stress off me. 2 yums up!
6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Simple & Elegant 28 July 2001
By Mauricio Jimenez - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the trend we are heading into next, alot more simple fares and menus built around wine lists without being too stuffy.
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