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Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious…

Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in…

by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

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This book needs to go on my kitchen shelf. Sort of a mix between a travel book and a cookbook - glowing descriptions and wonderful food. ( )
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In this exciting new book the incomparable Lidia takes us on a gastronomic journey—from Piemonte to Puglia—exploring ten different regions that have informed her cooking and helped to make her the fabulous cook that she is today. In addition, her daughter Tanya, an art historian, guides us to some of the nearby cultural treasures that enrich the pursuit of good food.

# In Istria, now part of Croatia, where Lidia grew up, she forages again for wild asparagus, using it in a delicious soup and a frittata; Sauerkraut with Pork and Roast Goose with Mlinzi reflect the region’s Middle European influences; and buzara, an old mariner’s stew, draws on fish from the nearby sea.
# From Trieste, Lidia gives seafood from the Adriatic, Viennese-style breaded veal cutlets and Beef Goulash, and Sacher Torte and Apple Strudel.
# From Friuli, where cows graze on the rich tableland, comes Montasio cheese to make fricos; the corn fields yield polenta for Velvety Cornmeal-Spinach Soup.
# In Padova and Treviso rice reigns supreme, and Lidia discovers hearty soups and risottos that highlight local flavors.
# In Piemonte, the robust Barolo wine distinguishes a fork-tender stufato of beef; local white truffles with scrambled eggs is “heaven on a plate”; and a bagna cauda serves as a dip for local vegetables, including prized cardoons.
# In Maremma, where hunting and foraging are a way of life, earthy foods are mainstays, such as slow-cooked rabbit sauce for pasta or gnocchi and boar tenderloin with prune-apple Sauce, with Galloping Figs for dessert.
# In Rome Lidia revels in the fresh artichokes and fennel she finds in the Campo dei Fiori and brings back nine different ways of preparing them.
# In Naples she gathers unusual seafood recipes and a special way of making limoncello-soaked cakes.
# From Sicily’s Palermo she brings back panelle, the delicious fried chickpea snack; a caponata of stewed summer vegetables; and the elegant Cannoli Napoleon.
# In Puglia, at Italy's heel, where durum wheat grows at its best, she makes some of the region’s glorious pasta dishes and re-creates a splendid focaccia from Altamura.

There are 140 delectable recipes to be found as you make this journey with Lidia. And along the way, with Tanya to guide you, you’ll stop to admire Raphael’s fresco Triumph of Galatea, a short walk from the market in Rome; the two enchanting women in the Palazzo Abbatellis in Palermo; and the Roman ruins in Friuli, among many other delights. There’s something for everyone in this rich and satisfying book that will open up new horizons even to the most seasoned lover of Italy.


Recipes worth trying: Lidia Italy

Treviso Radicchio braised with onions

Sausages and Potato skillet cooked with peperoncino

Swiss chard cakes with montasio cheese

Makaruni with Chanterelle mushrooms

Sauerkraut with smoked and fresh pork and bacon

Farina Gnocchi (kletzki)

Home Fries Trieste

Cornmeal Spinach Soup

Potato Montasio cheese frico

Apple Montasio cheese frico

Pork Chops with Savoy cabbage

Sauteed Spiced Beef Cutlets (rolls)

Roasted Lamb Shoulder marinated in white wine

Tangy skillet potatoes and turnips

Apple torte with Bread Crumb and Hazelnut crust – can be made ahead

Marinated Winter Squash

Creamy baked salt cod

Peach tart with easy almond cocoa crust

Limoncello tiramisu

Cookie crumble

Quince hazelnut walnuts and pear chutney

Hazelnut cake

Duck Legs Sugo for pasta no tomatoes

Pork butt spicy braised marinated in red wine no tomatoes

Poached Fresh Figs

Roasted chestnuts with red wine

Artichokes braised in tomato sauce

Roasted potato artichokes and oregano

Monkfish with Artichokes

Sausages with Fennel and Olives

Skillet fennel with capers

Baked fennel with prosciutto

Semolina gnocchi with taleggio

Sheep ricotta cake

Stuffed escarole

Babas with limoncello

Fried chickpea polenta

Steamed Calamari (squid)

Cannoli Napolean (shallow fried)

Celery Chutney

Mussels with farro (or barley), cannelloni and chickpeas

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The popular TV chef offers a gastronomic tour of her native Italy, exploring the regional culinary traditions that have shaped her cooking, in a collection of 140 tempting recipes based on the cuisine of Rome, Sicily, Tuscany, and beyond.

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