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Old 09-21-2006, 01:57 PM   #1
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Favorite Italian Cookbook?

I've been going through my cookbooks trying to decide which ones to keep.

I have a "few" Italian cookbooks....


365 Ways to Cook Pasta – Marie Simmons
Betty Crocker’s Italian Cooking – Antonio Cecconi
Cooking by Hand – Paul Bertolli
Everyday Italian – Giada De Laurentiis
Italian – Carla Capalbo
Italian Classics– Cook’s Illustrated
Italy the Beautiful Cookbook
Leone’s Italian Cookbook – Gene Leone
The Book of Pasta – Lesley Mackley
The Frugal Gourmet Cooks 3 Ancient Cuisines (Rome) – Jeff Smith
Tuscany the Beautiful Cookbook
We Called It Macaroni – Nancy Verde Barr
Time Life Foods of the World - The Cooking of Italy
Northern Italian Cooking - Biba Caggiano
The Recipes of the Five Brothers Vol I

any of these I should keep for sure?
also, feel free to share your favorites, as I'm always looking for new ones.

Thanks!!

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Old 09-21-2006, 03:11 PM   #2
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Kathy, no one can tell you that, it all depends upon which ones YOU like and use the most!

I have so many Italian books, and don't intend to get rid of any of them... I love them all for different reasons, and some of them just to read!

I'm not familiar with many of the books on your list, but I don't have to be. I would be hard put to name only one favorite Italian Cookbook!
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:35 PM   #3
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Italian Cookbooks

My favorite is The Splendid Table, by Lynn Rosetto Kasper.
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:39 PM   #4
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Lydia's (Bastianich) Italian Table
Molto Italiana (Batali's)
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Old 09-21-2006, 04:04 PM   #5
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My favorite is The Splendid Table, by Lynn Rosetto Kasper.
imo one of the best books on Italian food.... based on
1. great recipes
2. authenticity of recipes and info about Emilia-Romagna
3. well organized and well written.

Just my 2-cents....

ps, have you ever made the chocolate cake? If not, you should!!!
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Old 09-21-2006, 04:46 PM   #6
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I love the Silver Spoon.
Also Antonio Carluccio's books
The River Cafe cookery books
Jamie Oliver's Italy is a newer favourite
Valentina Harris' books
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Old 09-27-2006, 08:42 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 09-27-2006, 08:45 PM   #8
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I love the Silver Spoon.
Also Antonio Carluccio's books
The River Cafe cookery books
Jamie Oliver's Italy is a newer favourite
Valentina Harris' books
My boyfriend recently gave me The Silver Spoon as a gift. He knows I love cooking books and this is considered the bible in Italy. He got me the english version...

The thing I like so much about this book is that most recipes have 4-8 ingredients and very very few steps. It's real home cooking.
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Old 09-27-2006, 09:08 PM   #9
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My boyfriend recently gave me The Silver Spoon as a gift. He knows I love cooking books and this is considered the bible in Italy. He got me the english version...

The thing I like so much about this book is that most recipes have 4-8 ingredients and very very few steps. It's real home cooking.
It's their Joy of Cooking. It is amazing how simple the recipes look, isn't it?

We bought it last year, and I hate to say this, but we've overlooked it: I think we made maybe only one or two recipes. We collect cookbooks (mostly older ones) with a passion -- okay, obsession, and unfortunately, a downside to such acquisition mania is that we tend to forget about them once they're on the shelf.

So thanks for the reminder.
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My boyfriend recently gave me The Silver Spoon as a gift. He knows I love cooking books and this is considered the bible in Italy. He got me the english version...

The thing I like so much about this book is that most recipes have 4-8 ingredients and very very few steps. It's real home cooking.
Verablue,

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
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