Thursday, March 31, 2016
Book Review -In the Footsteps of Nonna: Recipes and Ramblings in Southern Italy and Sicily
About the Book
Bring home the taste of Italy!
Everyone wants to be Italian: Italian food is more than delicious—it’s heritage. Guided by author Bill Abruzzo, travel through the regions of Calabria, Lazio, Campania, and Sicily. Explore the many ways culinary traditions are connected to each region’s history and culture with easy-to-use recipes and personal anecdotes. Antipasti (Appetizers), Pane (Breads), Zuppe (Soups), Pasta, Cosi Dolci (Desserts), and Liquori (Liqueurs) form more than a mere meal: these dishes are your travel ticket. A special section on growing Italian ingredients and stocking your Italian pantry means great tastes and great stories are never further away than your own kitchen.
My Take on the Book
If you enjoy eating and cooking authentic Italian cuisine, you will love reading and preparing recipes from Bill Abruzzo'scookbook. Make sure you read the introduction. The author gives the reader important information about his history, family, and his inspiration for creating this cookbook.
Bill Abruzzo transports you through beautiful photographs to various locations in southern Italy and Sicily. Just looking at the photos created a desire to hop on a plane and arrive in Italy tomorrow.
As the author wrote each recipe, he preceded the ingredients with the area in Italy or Sicily that the recipe came from , along with an explanation. The reader will learn about the area and the choice of ingredients. As you read each section you will notice that local ingredients are used and how each section of the country is different. I found these writings so interesting so take the time to read each one.
I felt most of the ingredients you will need to prepare the recipes are easy to locate at your grocery store. The author wrote the procedure in excellent details which were easy to read and follow too.
The recipe selections were divided into the following: antipasti, breads and pizzas, egg dishes, soups , salads, pastas, vegetables, seafood, meats, and dessert. Each recipe has an accompanying photograph of the finished product.
I know you will enjoy using Bill's book, reading about his inspiration for the recipes, and actually preparing the selections.
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