Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen

Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen

Book - 2001
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Lidia Bastianich, loved by millions of Americans for her simple, delectable Italian cooking, gives us her most instructive and personal cookbook yet.

Focusing on the Italian-American kitchen—the cooking she encountered when she first came to America as a young adolescent—Lidia pays homage to this “cuisine of adaptation born of necessity.” But she transforms it subtly with her light, discriminating touch, using the authentic ingredients, not accessible to the early immigrants, which are all so readily available today. The aromatic flavors of fine Italian olive oil, imported Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola dolce latte, fresh basil, oregano, and rosemary, sun-sweetened San Marzano tomatoes, prosciutto, and pancetta permeate the dishes she makes in her Italian-American kitchen today. And they will transform for you this time-honored cuisine, as you cook with Lidia, learning from her the many secret, sensuous touches that make her food superlative.

You’ll find recipes for Scampi alla Buonavia (the garlicky shrimp that became so popular when Lidia served the dish at her first restaurant, Buonavia), Clams Casino (with roasted peppers and good American bacon), Caesar Salad (shaved Parmigiano makes the difference), baked cannelloni (with roasted pork and mortadella), and lasagna (blanketed in her special Italian-American Meat Sauce).

But just as Lidia introduced new Italian regional dishes to her appreciative clientele in Queens in the seventies, so she dazzles us now with pasta dishes such as Bucatini with Chanterelles, Spring Peas, and Prosciutto, and Long Fusilli with Mussels, Saffron, and Zucchini. And she is a master at teaching us how to make our own ravioli, featherlight gnocchi, and genuine Neapolitan pizza.

Laced with stories about her experiences in America and her discoveries as a cook, this enchanting book is both a pleasure to read and a joy to cook from.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the secrets of Italian-American cuisine with recipes for such dishes as veal parmigiana, baked cannelloni, lasagna, and pizza, as well as a variety of dishes that use authentic Italian ingredients and cooking techniques.

Baker
& Taylor

The companion volume to the author's new fifty-two PBS television series explores the secrets of Italian-American cuisine with dozens of recipes for such favorites as veal parmigiana, baked cannelloni, lasagna, pizza, and gnocchi, as well as a variety of flavorful dishes that use authentic Italian ingredients and cooking techniques. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2001
ISBN: 9780375411502
037541150X
Branch Call Number: 641.5945 BAS
Characteristics: 432 p. : ill
Alternative Title: Italian-American kitchen

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