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Old 11-02-2007, 10:08 PM   #1
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Please recommend an Italian cookbook

i'm looking for something beyond recipes... basic techniques and instructions followed by recipes.

any recommendations?

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Old 11-02-2007, 10:14 PM   #2
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i like lidia bastianich's cookbooks, especially lidia's italian american kitchen.

it has some instruction, and the recipes are easy to follow.
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Old 11-02-2007, 11:11 PM   #3
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This is my first choice.
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Old 11-02-2007, 11:29 PM   #4
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Lidia's books are great. I have the Italian American one and have taken the others out from the library. I also love Marcella Hazan's books. I have the one "Marcella Says . . . "
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Old 11-02-2007, 11:30 PM   #5
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ok, WHY is it your first choice, mr. andy m?

please stand and address the class.



actually, i'm interested in your take on italian.
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Old 11-03-2007, 01:13 AM   #6
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In addition Lidia's books I really like Biba Caggiano's books.
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Old 11-03-2007, 02:10 AM   #7
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If you are looking for more than recipes. then I suggest this book by Giuliano Bugialli. I also love Marcella Hazan's books and Lorenza de'Medici's books for their history as much as for their recipes.

As much as I love Lidia and her food (and if you love her and haven't dined at Felidia, you are missing a fabulous experience, imho) her books are mostly recipe driven. Great recipes, to be sure......

and then there are the books of my favorite (and personal) Italian cooking maven, Anna Teresa Callen!
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Old 11-03-2007, 08:03 AM   #8
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I need to write Santa a letter...It seems it could be rather long!!
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Old 11-03-2007, 09:24 AM   #9
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Marcella Hazan's books, hands down. Her instructions are easy to follow and she gives suggestions for other dishes to go with whatever you are making. MOst of her recipes contain ingredients that one can find fairly easily.
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Old 11-03-2007, 10:48 AM   #10
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I absolutely agree with Andy M.

Marcalla Hazan's "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" is really a fantastic book and exactly what you are looking for.

I also agree with June that Lidia's books (I have 2) are recipe driven. Excellent recipes though.
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