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Old 09-28-2006, 04:17 PM   #31
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KathyJ, out of the ones you listed, I also have:


365 Ways to Cook Pasta – Marie Simmons
Italy the Beautiful Cookbook
The Frugal Gourmet Cooks 3 Ancient Cuisines (Rome) – Jeff Smith
Tuscany the Beautiful Cookbook
Time Life Foods of the World - The Cooking of Italy

and wouldn't get rid of any of them. In addition, I have several other favorites, many names of which escape me, except for:

Italy, The New Beautiful Cookbook (all new recipes, but lightened up) - this is a great book, & still coffee-table worthy like the rest of them

Jeff Smith Cooks Italian - regardless of how you feel personally about "The Frugal Gourmet", this is a great book. Lots of terrific recipes that come out looking like you spent a lot more time making them than you did, just like all his books.

The Classic Pasta Cookbook, by Giuliano Hazan. Absoluitely the most fabulous book for pasta & sauces - especially sauces. My copy is a mess from constant use.

I have many others, but these are the ones that stick out most in my mind.



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Old 09-28-2006, 07:48 PM   #32
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I'd love to see an example!

I've only thrown out a few cookbooks that were duds. I'd have thrown away your damaged books reluctantly, too.

My mother keeps a first edition Batty Crocker cookbook held together by rubberbands. She really won't throw hers out. I found a first edition -- brand new -- at an estate sale for a few dollars.

Not many Italian recipes in it, though.
No wonder she's "Batty," what with all those rubberbands cutting off her oxygen.

But seriously: I have a book like that too, inherited from my mom. It's a late 1930's edition of The Settlement Cookbook given to her by her soon-to-be SIL. It's in such sorry shape, but I display it proudly next to the one given to me when I got married ( lest you think I'm more ancient than I am, she married late, and I married early.)
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Old 09-28-2006, 09:44 PM   #33
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I love and cook frequently from La Cuchina, which is an older cookbook that rates the recipe difficulty by using little chefs hats. Lots of hands-on photos and step by step instructions. When I figure out where to post a recipe separately on this forum I will do so. There's a recipe for gruyere cheese "pies" called Tortini della Clara - little Clara's pies - that is to die for. At any rate, it's an excellent cookbook.
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Old 09-28-2006, 09:54 PM   #34
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Italian Cookbooks

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Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
KathyJ, out of the ones you listed, I also have:


365 Ways to Cook Pasta – Marie Simmons
Italy the Beautiful Cookbook
The Frugal Gourmet Cooks 3 Ancient Cuisines (Rome) – Jeff Smith
Tuscany the Beautiful Cookbook
Time Life Foods of the World - The Cooking of Italy

and wouldn't get rid of any of them. In addition, I have several other favorites, many names of which escape me, except for:

Italy, The New Beautiful Cookbook (all new recipes, but lightened up) - this is a great book, & still coffee-table worthy like the rest of them

Jeff Smith Cooks Italian - regardless of how you feel personally about "The Frugal Gourmet", this is a great book. Lots of terrific recipes that come out looking like you spent a lot more time making them than you did, just like all his books.

The Classic Pasta Cookbook, by Giuliano Hazan. Absoluitely the most fabulous book for pasta & sauces - especially sauces. My copy is a mess from constant use.

I have many others, but these are the ones that stick out most in my mind.
I have a letter from Jeff Smith, written to me after the "scandal" and shortly before he died. I have it tucked in the first of his cookbooks, simply titled "The Frugal Gourmet".

I was a young adult when The Frug's show aired on PBS. My brother and I were roommates. I knew how to cook; my brother didn't. I got him hooked on watching PBS cooking shows. Up to that point my slightly older brother knew how to bake a potato and grill a steak After I introduced him to The Frug he started looking over my shoulder in the kitchen - yes, I was doing most of the cooking. At first it was annoying having him ask "What are you doing? Why did you add that?" Then it was flattering. Next thing I knew, he was subscribing to Food & Wine.

I digress. I've made a number of recipes by the Frug and the first one I remember is sort of Italian - cheese stuffed cannelloni. He prepared crepes rather than trying to stuff tube pasta. I made the dish several times and it's wonderful. If anyone wants the recipe, well, when I figure out how to post a recipe here rather than just reply to people, I'll be happy to post it

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