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Old 09-27-2006, 11:23 PM   #11
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i like ada boni's regional italian cookbook, giuliano bugiallis fine art of italian cooking, marcella hazan's marcella cucina (although i differ w her on the issue of bread at the table), mario batalis molto italiano, claudia piras culinaria italy, michael chiarellos casual cooking... dont care much for giada delaurentis' book, i read it last weekend
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Old 09-28-2006, 06:09 AM   #12
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i also got the silver spoon as a gift, but there are so many things in that book that are not italian that i am not quite pleased about... i believe there is even a chapter on crepes if i remember correctly
Crepes are the 'manicotti'....The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed a woman who is first generation Italian recently. She loved the book but disagreed with the term 'crepe', as well.
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Old 09-28-2006, 08:36 AM   #13
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When I want to clear out cookbooks (Italian or otherwise) I try to figure out which I use the most. If I've had it for years and it's still not had any notes or page markers put into it and the cover is pristine, I probably haven't used it much and never will.

I suggest that you sort the books into 2 piles (toss & keep) and then put the "toss" pile away somewhere and see if you actually miss those books. If you do miss some of them, say before Christmas, you can put them back and get rid of the others.
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Old 09-28-2006, 10:06 AM   #14
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All of Marcella Hazan's books. I even bought her latest one, which didn't receive quite the acclaim as her others.
Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking wins in my book, hands down.

Though I do enjoy Lydia's books, the River Cafe book and The Splendid Table. And Marcella Cuisina, which isn't as good as the others.
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:13 AM   #15
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my fave italian american cookbooks are "lidia's italian american kitchen", and dom delouise's "eat this: it'll make you feel better".
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:14 AM   #16
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I have all of Marcella's books, all of Lorenza de'Medici's books, and all of Giuliano Bugialli's books, and both of Lynne Rossetto Kaspers excellent books... but my all time favorite Italian cookbooks are those by Anna Teresa Callen. Her most recent, "Food and Memories of Abruzzo" includes stories from her childhood as well as recipes from this lesser-known region of Italy. And NO! she doesn't pay me to say this!
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:33 AM   #17
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thanks everyone....
sounds like I'll just have to buy some more!!
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:34 AM   #18
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Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking wins in my book, hands down.

Though I do enjoy Lydia's books, the River Cafe book and The Splendid Table. And Marcella Cuisina, which isn't as good as the others.
There's an interesting thread on Chowhound regarding Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Seems you just can never please everyone.
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:45 AM   #19
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If you are interested in real authentic, traditional Italian cooking, you can't go wrong with Pellegrino Artusi.
There are, as far as I know two editions available in English,

The Art of Eating Well: An Italian Cookbook

Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well

He is true legend of "la cucina Italiana" and I reach for his book whenever in doubt!!
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:01 PM   #20
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There's an interesting thread on Chowhound regarding Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Seems you just can never please everyone.
That's interesting, Suzy. I have the two originals, and never bothered to get the combo version. I have more than 35 Italian cookbooks, as it is!
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