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Italy Anywhere: Living an Italian Culinary Life Wherever You Call Home [Hardcover]

Lori De Mori , Jean-Louis De Mori , Antonio Tommasi


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Unravels the mysteries of Italian cuisine and brings the secrets into the kitchens of ordinary Americans.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explicit, delicious, one of my favorite cookbooks! 4 Nov 2001
By Bonnie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One day my husband brought this cookbook home as a gift and it literally changed the way I cook. I began with two recipes, one "un buon spaghetatta" and the other a white bean soup. The recipes are so explicit that even a novice cook will have success, yet they are written in a friendly, smart style that neither condescends nor leaves anything out. If you have ever traveled to Italy, you will recognize the results as so authentically Italian tasting that you will be astounded. I now think differently about many things (garlic - less is more) and balsamic vinegar (used to add a subtle punch to pasta dishes!)... and I love the flavors and textures this book has brought to our meals. I couldn't recommend it more highly, and it's a fun read as well.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just Another Cookbook 7 Jun 2001
By Deb Mele - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Although this is indeed a cookbook, it is really much more than that. The authors have shared their love of Italian food, both through recipes used in their many Los Angeles restaurants, as well as the many stories and culinary tidbits interspersed throughout the book. This book expresses the belief that dining Italian style is much more than extraordinary food, but is in fact more about the combination of grace, generosity, and simplicity with which the food is offered. It shares the importance of taking time to savor meals with family and friends, enjoying simply prepared foods made with the freshest seasonal ingredients. It is their belief, that you can live an Italian culinary life anywhere, by following these simple principles.
The book begins with a brief overview on the absolute essentials for an Italian kitchen, including olive oil, parmesan cheese and wine. The following chapters are broken up into the usual chapters found in an Italian cookbook, with everything from Antipasti to Desserts. The Antipasti chapter contains an extensive selection of recipes including recipes for olives, bruschetta, focaccia, vegetable tapenades, and many more. There is also a very nice selection of assorted salads to be used as an appetizer or a light lunch. I particularly enjoyed the Fresh Mushroom, Arugula, and Parmesan Cheese salad, which is a wonderful start to any meal.
The First Course, or Primi chapter is divided into Dried Pasta, Fresh Pasta, Risotto, Soups, Gnocchi and Polenta. Almost all of these recipes are easy to prepare with easy to find ingredients. Also included are recipes for basic broths, simple sauces, and instructions for making fresh pasta.
The Main Course or Secondi chapter is complete with seafood and many assorted meat selections. The Venetian-Style Mussels and Potatoes was delicious, and very easy to prepare. I have also made the recipe for Pan-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Peppers, Olives And Capers a number of times, and it is quickly becoming a family favorite in my house. Compared to earlier chapters, I found the Contorni, or Vegetable Side Dish chapter to be a bit too brief, but the recipes shared here do cover all the basics.
The book concludes with the chapter on Dolci or Desserts, sharing a few tasty recipes, mostly fruit based, as well as a few recipes for traditional cookies. An explanation is given on the Italian outlook about desserts, compared to other cultures. Whereas many in America look at luscious desserts as the highlight of their meal, Italians usually consider fresh seasonal fruit to be the perfect complement to end a fine meal. Although I did enjoy reading this book, as well as trying many of the recipes, I would have preferred this book if it had contained some photographs of some of the tasty recipes. Apart from that, this book is a good choice for anyone who wants to understand what Italian cuisine is all about. One learns from this book that eating Italian style is as much about lifestyle as it is the basic food. 
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 25 Oct 2005
By D. Appelhanz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The week I received this cookbook, I tried five of the recipes. Every one of them was delicious -- especially the Crabmeat Ravioli with Saffron Sauce, one of my favorites from Locanda Veneta. (If only the Tiramisu recipe would have been included!!!)
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