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Old 01-07-2014, 09:31 AM   #11
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I love watchng Lydia. There is another one, a little dark haired lady, I don't remember her name, but her show is good, too.

This is where I buy most of my cookbooks. They are not new, but are in very good condition. Never received a bad one.

Half.com: The Silver Spoon (2005, Hardcover, Revised)(9780714845319): : Books

Half.com: The Silver Spoon New Edition (2011, Hardcover)(9780714862569): : Books
Maryanne Esposito?
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #12
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:53 AM   #13
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I used to get La Cucina Italiana magazine and it is fun to read and packed with recipes for all skill levels. That's a great beginner source.

I would suggest starting with sauces. A basic marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce, piccata, butter and sage, etc.

I love this site for inspiration and reference: Edible Geometry (1)

Many of these shapes are not readily available, but maybe that will inspire you to make your own pasta one day
The Silver spoon starts right after the Table of Contents with a two page introduction entitled "Eating is a Serious Matter". This is followed by terms and equipment, then Chapter One is Sauces and Marinades and Flavored Butters. You start getting into the wonderful flavors of Italy immediately.
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The Silver spoon starts right after the Table of Contents with a two page introduction entitled "Eating is a Serious Matter". This is followed by terms and equipment, then Chapter One is Sauces and Marinades and Flavored Butters. You start getting into the wonderful flavors of Italy immediately.
I have owned the Silver Spoon for years now and agree that it is a great book. Kind of like the Italian version of THE JOY OF COOKING. What I really was surprised to see is how simple many of the recipes are. The authentic Italian recipes have fewer ingredients than most North American versions of the same ones. Very basic, rustic and original recipes of every day Italian meals...
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:42 PM   #15
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Marcella Hazan's cookbooks are my go to books for Italian cooking.
Mine, too.

But Lidia Bastianich's books are a bit more approachable.
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Maryanne Esposito?
I have seen her several times in the past few years just walking down the street. I always smile at her and say CIAO!

Her books are good, too
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This will be fun. My mother was Italian and we ate lots of Italian food at home.
She never used a cookbook though and I don't either.

If I want to make a dish I am not familiar with, I use the internet. This forum most likely has enough Italian recipes to keep you going for quite some time.
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Mine, too.

But Lidia Bastianich's books are a bit more approachable.
So true Jenny. She writes her books as if she is standing at your side talking to you. A very easy read. Even for a beginner cook.
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My italian cuisine is limited to spaghetti, lasagne and pizza.
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Oh my goodness! Such wonderful replies! Thank you all so very much! I have copied and pasted all of these onto Word where I can see this offline also, along with all the links.

I already make spaghetti. DA and I can our own tomato sauce and I use either Italian sausage in it (not hamburger) and ground veal or pre-made meatballs. I think I'd like to start with making my own real Italian meatballs.

Am I a food snob if I don't like hamburger in spaghetti? And am I wrong for using frozen meatballs? They do taste good to me but I'd like to do better.

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