- Hardcover: 207 pages
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc (1 May 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679457496
- ISBN-13: 978-0679457497
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rao's Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking Hardcover – 1 May 1998
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Rao's, the hundred-year-old restaurant with a mere ten tables tucked in a corner of East Harlem in what was once a legendary Italian
neighborhood, is one of the most sought-after restaurants in all of Manhattan. Its tables are booked months
in advance by regulars who go to enjoy what The New York Times calls its "exquisitely simple Italian cooking" from traditional recipes,
many as old as Rao's itself. You may not get a table at Rao's, but now with this book you can prepare the best Italian home-style food in the
world in your own kitchen. Here for the first time are recipes for all of Rao's fabulous classics--its famous marinara sauce, seafood salad,
roasted peppers with pine nuts and raisins, baked clams, lemon chicken, chicken scarpariello, and on and on.
The recipes are accompanied by photographs that re-create Rao's magic and testimonials from loyal Rao's fans--
from Woody Allen to Beverly Sills. Here too is a brief history of the restaurant by Nicholas Pileggi and a Preface by Dick Schaap.
Both will convince you that what you have in your hands is a national treasure, a piece of history, and a collection of the best Italian
American recipes you will ever find.
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Here for the first time are recipes for all of Rao's fabulous classics - its famous marinara sauce, seafood salad, roasted peppers with pine nuts and raisins, baked clams, lemon chicken, chicken scarpariello, and on and on. The recipes are accompanied by photographs that recreate Rao's magic and testimonials from loyal Rao's fans - from Woody Allen to Beverly Sills. Here too is a brief history of the restaurant by Nicholas Pileggi and a Preface by Dick Schaap. Both will convince you that what you have in your hands is a national treasure, a piece of history, and a collection of the best Italian American recipes you will ever find.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Italian food, with its emphasis on the freshest and best seasonal ingredients - and the least fuss in cooking them - is very appealing. Real Italian cooking, as it is cooked and eaten in Italy, focuses on vegetables and grains, with meats used as seasoning, garnish, and treat, so it's also very healthy.
American-Italian cooking - the kind you remember from the old-style neighborhood Italian restaurant of your childhood memories - is based on that, but is much richer, with meat taking the center place.
Rao's Cookbook is a perfect melding of the two, offering both classic Italian dishes and classic Italian-American ones.
In fact, on page 65, I discovered Sunday Gravy, Rao's version of The Big Spaghetti Dinner, a favorite buffet dinner of ours for many years. I noted with culinary interest and delight that Rao's use the thinner tomato gravy I remember from my visits to Philadelphia's authentic South Philly Italian restaurants instead of the thick tomato sauce (derived, I'd guess, from some tenth generation bastardization of Ragu Bolognese) that we suggest.
No one can reasonably expect to get into tiny Rao's (it has 8 tables and one seating) except via celebrity or inheritance. The seats are "owned" by the original diners and Rao's has withstood any enticements to expand. These recipes are the next best thing. If you like to cook Italian style, they may be better! We've tried many of the recipes and enjoyed every one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The presentation of the recipes is very good. Therecipes in this book are very good, easy to prepare and very nutritional.Published on 27 Feb. 2013 by Sonia I. Tomlin
Borrowed the book and made some of the recipes...(meatballs, marinara sauce, lemon chicken) I couldn't understand why such a famous restaurant would release their secret recipes... Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 1999
This cookbook is a must for anyone who loves great Italian food,and the colorful history of Rao's restaurant.I only wish I could get a chance to eat there! Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 1999
If you're an Italian-American, (or want to cook like one), this is a must have book. It will evoke memories of the wonderful times, sights and aromas of family dining in your... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 1999
This cookbook is one of the best Italian Cookbooks in my collection. The recipe's are authentic Italian, easy to prepare and delicious. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 1999
what more can i say than this is the closest to mom's cooking i've ever seen.Published on 21 Jan. 1999