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Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Italian

by Michele Scicolone

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Williams Sonoma never disappoints me. I love their catalogs. I love the Global knives my thoughtful husband bought me when he was fortunate enough to visit one of their stores (Alas, no Williams Sonoma shops in our area). But their cookbooks – Any I have owned or borrowed one that I didn’t have fun with. Most recently I have been having a ball with the cookbook The Essentials of Italian. In addition to many amazingly delicious recipes, there is a bit of history about the regions in Italy .

Working through this book gave me a culinary tour of Italy . It’s a “must have” for any cook who favors Italian cuisine.

Please see the links below for a few mini-reviews and some of the culinary creations this book inspired at Squirrel Head manor:

Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops:


Rissoto, Grilled Garlic-Lemon Shrimp and Eggplant Parmesan:


Tuscan Roast Chicken with Insalata Caprese and Fresh Peas:


Marsala Pork Chops


On my Wish List is a newer Williams Sonoma book entitled Comfort Food. Maybe for Christmas? I can hope. ( )
  SquirrelHead | Nov 4, 2010 |
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Expanding on the success of the Williams-Sonoma Essentials series, Essentials of Italian is the series` first foray into the realm of international cuisine. The book reveals the secrets that regional Italian cooks have known for ages for preparing simple, flavorful meals. The book opens with a thorough discussion of the culinary traditions for which Italy is famous, with information on ingredients and dishes that define each region. Beautifully photographed recipes rely on only the best ingredients. Features: Over 130 delicious classic Italian recipes; full-color photography Suggestions for alternative ingredients, recipe variations, and accompaniments Comprehensive glossary of ingredients and culinary terminology

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The book opens with a thorough discussion of the culinary traditions for which Italy is famous, with information on ingredients and dishes that define each region. Features over 130 delicious classic Italian recipes; full-color photography; suggestions for alternative ingredients, recipe variations, and accompaniments; comprehensive glossary of ingredients and culinary terminology.… (more)

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