For the week of March 10th, 2004


Grab this book as soon as you can. The hardcover, which is one of my prized cookbooks, is now out of print. So you will have to settle for the paperback version of Celebrating Italy: Tastes & Traditions of Italy as Revealed Through Its Feasts, Festivals & Sumptuous Foods by Carol Field.You will enjoy all the recipes include in this monumental text including: Risotto Fratacchione -- red onions and sausages eaten after Siena's famous Palio; the Sorbir d'Agnoli -- stuffed pasta in wine-spiked broth that the Mantuans eat on Christmas Day, and Pane di Cena's sweet milk bread rolls, which is made to last all through Easter Week in Sicily. Enjoy!
The most ebullient Italian cook on TV has to be Mary Anne Esposito and her 1st book Ciao Italia brings her enthusiasm into your kitchen. Mary Anne is a master of Italian cooking techniques and she clearly describes even the most complicated of dishes. She even throws in a bit of history here and there.


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