Italian cuisine is popular around the world for its fresh ingredients and rich aromas. Travel through many regions of Italy by cooking up an Italian themed meal for your next romantic dinner or weekend dinner party! Bring home the romance, beauty, and culture of Italy with fabulous recipes from some of my favorite chefs.
The following cookbooks are some of my go-to choices when I am looking for the perfect Italian dish. Whether you are looking to make classic dishes such as linguine with clam sauce or more adventurous plates like goat’s milk-braised lamb shanks, these cookbooks have you covered Italian style!
Italian Home Cooking: 125 Recipes to Comfort Your Soul
by Julia Della Croce (Kyle Books, 2010) Italian Home Cooking by Julia della Croce focuses on Italian food that comforts the mind, body, and soul. With 10 chapters of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and even natural, nutritional selections for children, Croce’s cookbook features 125 casual, simple recipes which shows off the best of Italian home cooking. Croce’s expertise of Italian food shines through with these mouth-watering recipes. Author of 13 cookbooks, Croce has been broadcasted on radio and appeared on national and regional television, including Food Network and The Today Show. As with all great Italian food, Croce’s recipes use few ingredients to make masterpieces that will delight the senses. These dishes will bring families together at the dinner table and please even the pickiest of eaters.
The Glorious Pasta of Italy
by Domenica Marchetti (Chronicle Books LLC, 2011) Pasta is a true treasure with endless possibilities! Perfect for pasta lovers everywhere, Domenica Marchetti’s cookbook, The Glorious Pasta of Italy, dishes out step-by-step directions on how to make delectable Italian cuisine in your own kitchen. Marchetti, a master in contemporary Italian home cooking, provides a variety of pasta recipes, from simple, yet awe-inspiring meals using dried pasta to delectable sauces paired with homemade pasta. For those looking to adventure outside of store bought pasta, Marchetti’s cookbook is the perfect way to learn how to make, store, and cook fresh pasta. Impress your friends and create homemade tagliatelle lamb ragú at your next dinner party.
Bottega: Bold Italian Flavors from the Heart of California’s Wine Country
by Michael Chiarello (Chronicle Books LLC, 2010) Michael Chiarello’s Bottega: Bold Italian Flavors from the Heart of California’s Wine Country presents the chance to recreate delectable dishes served at Chiarello’s Bottega restaurant in Napa Valley. Chiarello created Bottega to be more than a cookbook, filled with recipes that embrace his signature style complimenting each recipe with a story of his personal journey. The cookbook, filled with more than 100 heavenly recipes and 120 colored pictures, celebrates the craft of cooking by providing step by step instructions for each involved recipe. Bottega is perfect for those who want to be involved in producing a high quality, restaurant style meal. The best part of this cookbook? Chiarello suggests wine pairings with each meal. The exhilarating Bottega dishes will fill your kitchen with the tantalizing aromas of Italy and send your taste buds to heaven.
Pull out your apron, pour a bottle of wine, and invite your favorite friends for the perfect dinner party with dishes from these delectable cookbooks!
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