Italian recipes

Fried Ravioli with Cheese and Honey

Fried Ravioli with Cheese and Honey

Fried Ravioli with Cheese and Honey from Bitter Honey: Recipes and Stories from Sardinia by Letitia Clark. Photography by Matt Russell.

Bitter Honey In Bitter Honey, seasoned chef Letitia Clark invites us into her home on one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea—Sardinia. The recipes in this book do not take long to make, but you can taste the ethos behind every one of them—one which invites you to slow down, and nourish yourself with fresh food, friends and family. 

The importance of eating well is even more pronounced here on this forgotten island. Try your hand at Roasted eggplants with honey, mint, garlic and burrata, or a fresh, zesty salad of Celery, orange, anchovy and hazelnut, followed by Malloreddus (the shell-shaped pasta from the region) with crab, saffron and tomato.

Each recipe and the story behind it will transport you to the glittering, turquoise waters and laid-back lifestyle of this Italian paradise. With beautiful design, photography, full-colour illustrations and joyful anecdotes throughout, Bitter Honey is a vacation, a cookbook and a window onto a covetable lifestyle in the sun—all rolled into one. 

Bitter Honey: Recipes and Stories from Sardinia is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Sweet meatballs with almonds and cinnamon

Sweet Meatballs

Sweet Meatballs, The Sicily Cookbook by Cettina Vicenzino. Photography by Cettina Vicenzino.

The Sicily Cookbook

Join Sicilian cook, writer, and photographer Cettina Vicenzino as she shares more than 70 authentic and mouth-watering recipes from this unique Mediterranean island. While only a few miles from Italy, Sicily’s heritage is proudly distinct from that of the mainland, favouring dishes packed with spices, citrus fruits, cheeses, olives, tomatoes, eggplants, and seafood.

Embark on the enchanting culinary journey and experience the culinary delights of the Sicilian diet. Featuring three strands of Sicilian cooking—Cucina Povera (peasant food), Cibo di Strada (street food), and Cucina dei Monsù (sophisticated food)—alongside profiles on local chefs and food producers, The Sicily Cookbook invites you to discover the island’s culinary culture and let your summer cooking burst with Mediterranean sunshine.

The Sicily Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from a Mediterranean Island is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Pizza Picante

Pizza Picante

Craft PizzaHailing from the sunny south of Italy, and quickly popularized around the world, pizza is undoubtedly a fast-food favourite. Now more popular than ever with the rise of “craft” creations, its versatility of tastes, toppings, and types of bread, means that everyone can share in a slice of the action, and Craft Pizza will show you how.

Without the need for elaborate equipment, you’ll be shown it’s possible that—with just the most basic, fresh ingredients—you, too, can make luscious handmade pizzas, calzones, and focaccias. If you’re a fan of the classics you’ll find recipes for a Margherita, Stromboli, or Pizza Piccante but, if you fancy something a little different, why not put your hand to the Pulled Pork Calzone or the Truffled Breakfast Focaccia.

Once you master the basics of the pizza doughs and sauces, you’ll be amazed at how this popular dish is wonderfully easy to make, always tasty to eat, and guaranteed to transport you to the vibrant streets of Italy—you’ll want every night to be “pizza night”!

Craft Pizza: Homemade classic, Sicilian and sourdough pizza, calzone and focaccia is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca. (more…)

Spicy Lobster Linguini

Spicy Lobster Linguini

Spicy Lobster Linguini, Venetian Republic by Nino Zoccali. Copyright © 2020. Photographs by Alan Benson.

Venetian RepublicThe food of the Venetian Republic is diverse: prosecco & snapper risotto, Croatian roast lamb shoulder with olive oil potatoes, the sweet & sour red mullet of Crete, zabaglione from Corfu, or Dubrovnik’s ricotta & rose liqueur crepes.

These are recipes steeped in history; dishes from the days when Venice was a world power. How did this small city-state rule the waters of the Mediterranean, enjoying unrivalled wealth and prestige? How could this serene, safe-haven city of canals come to play a defining role in shaping the cuisine, culture, and architecture of her Mediterranean neighbours? Yet, for a thousand years, the ships and merchants of the Republic dominated salt, silk, and spice trade routes.

To tell this story, respected writer and restaurateur Nino Zoccali focuses on the four key regions that geographically encapsulate the Venetian Republic, each of which has its own distinct cuisine: Venice and its lagoon islands; the Veneto, of which Venice is the capital; the Croatian coast and the Greek Islands formerly under Venetian rule. The 80 dishes he has selected all have strong traditional Venetian roots or influence, celebrating ingredients and techniques that show how, to this day, food in this magnificent region continues to be influenced by neighbouring cultures.

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The Incredible Lemon Pie

The Incredible Lemon Pie

The Incredible Lemon Pie, Big Mamma Cucina Popolare

Big Mamma Cucina Popolare puts a clever contemporary spin on tradition featuring more than 120 delicious, easy-to-prepare, imaginative recipes.

Created in collaboration with one of the most exciting and successful Italian restaurant groups in the world, the dishes in this vibrant and accessible book include true classics such as Risotto alla Milanese and Tiramisù, while others reflect the most creative Italian food today, with such intriguingly named dishes as Burrata Flower Power and Double Choco Love

The one thing that unites them all is that everything enjoys a fresh and modern twist—making this the perfect collection of recipes for a new generation of food lovers and Italophiles.

Big Mamma Cucina Popolare: Contemporary Italian Recipes is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca. (more…)

Chanterelle Mushroom and Prosciutto Pasta

Pasta alla Boscaiola, 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis, Photography by Andrea Soranidis

Pasta alla Boscaiola, 20-Minute Italian by Andrea Soranidis, Photography by Andrea Soranidis

With Italian-born cook Andrea Soranidis’ 20-minute (or less!) recipes, you can enjoy classic Italian dishes without spending hours simmering sauce or slaving over a hot stove–and most importantly, without sacrificing the amazing flavours you love.

20-Minute Italian by Andrea SoranidisChoose from 75 speedy recipes, including vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options, such as:

– Easy Pillowy Ricotta Gnocchi
– Spicy Shrimp & Zucchini Linguini
– Classic Italian Polpette (Meatballs)
– Black Pepper Mussels
– Speedy Spaghetti alla Nerano
– Fast Oven-Baked Chicken Cotolette (Breaded Chicken Cutlets)
– Classic Calamarata Pasta
– White Wine Veal Scaloppine
– 7-Ingredient Broccoli Pesto Pasta

No matter how hectic your schedule is, 20-Minute Italian is sure to have a quick and delicious recipe to please your palate.

20-Minute Italian: Your Traditional Favorites, Faster, Easier and with a Modern Twist is available at Amazon.com and Indigo. (more…)

Spaghetti and Crabs

Spaghetti and Crabs

Spaghetti and Crabs, Dinner at the Club © 2019 by Joey Baldino and Adam Erace, Photography by Trevor Dixon

A hard-to-get reservation is prized among serious restaurant-goers, but a table limited to members only seems to be the Philadelphia diner’s Holy Grail. Palizzi Social Club is 100 years old this year in South Philly, but it was after chef Joey Baldino took over from his late uncle Ernie that business really started to boom.

 

Palizzi has mastered the balance of old-school Italian kitsch and super-high-quality food and cocktails. Once a gathering place for the Abruzzi-American community, Palizzi Social Club is a current hot spot: members can take up to three guests, and if the light is on outside, they’re open. In 2017, Palizzi was named Bon Appetit‘s #4 Best New Restaurant, Esquire‘s honourable mention best new restaurant, and Eater Philly’s #1 restaurant of the year.

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Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza, The Silver Spoon Classic

Margherita Pizza, The Silver Spoon Classic

Italian culture is defined in part by the art of cooking, blending ancient traditions with contemporary innovation. First published in 2005, The Silver Spoon has helped transform a generation of English speakers into experienced Italian cooks.

The Silver Spoon Classic is a luxurious collection of 170 of the most authentic recipes from the world’s leading Italian cookbook, complete with new photography and a fresh, updated design.

The title of this seminal cookbook derives from the English phrase, “a baby born with a silver spoon in her mouth,” which describes someone who has been born into a rich heritage.

The original Il Cucchio d’Argento was published in 1950. Since then, millions of copies have been sold around the world. Phaidon’s 2005 edition was followed by an updated and revised edition in 2011, which continues to be the most authoritative book on Italian home cooking.

The Silver Spoon Classic is the definitive compilation of the original cookbook’s best and most iconic recipes, featuring newly photographed dishes and written in language that is accessible to gourmands and beginners alike.

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Pasta with Olives

Pasta with Olives, Simple, Elegant Pasta Dinners, Photography by Nikki Marie

Pasta with Olives, Simple, Elegant Pasta Dinners, Photography by Nikki Marie

Nikki Marie, blogger behind Chasing the Seasons, transforms everyone’s go-to pantry staple by using heirloom Italian methods to create complex flavours at home.

These 75 easy but elevated dishes will show readers how versatile pasta can be, and how simple it is to layer complex flavours for impressive, satisfying meals. Nikki Marie introduces simple techniques and unexpected twists inspired by her Italian family ties. Each dish is a perfectly composed meal, using a wide range of flavourful produce, tender meats and fresh seafood. Nikki’s creative dried pasta recipes quickly transform a pantry staple into a luxurious dinner—perfect for busy weeknights.

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Strichetti with Prosciutto, Arugula and Tomatoes

Strichetti with Prosciutto, Arugula and Tomatoes, American Sfoglino cookbook, Photography by Eric Wolfinger.

Strichetti with Prosciutto, Arugula and Tomatoes, American Sfoglino cookbook, Photography by Eric Wolfinger.

In this debut cookbook from Evan Funke, he shares classic techniques from his Emilia Romagna training and provides accessible instructions for making his award winning sfoglia (sheet pasta) at home. With little more than flour, eggs, and a rolling pin, you too can be a sfoglino (a pasta maker) and create traditional Italian noodles that are perfectly paired with the right sauces.

Beginning with four foundational doughs, American Sfoglino takes readers step by step through recipes for a variety of generous dishes, from essential sauces and broths, like Passata di Pomodoro (Tomato Sauce) and Brodo di Carne (Meat Broth) to luscious Tagliatelle in Bianco con Prosciutto (Tagliatelle with Bacon and Butter) and Lasagna Verde alla Bolognese (Green Bolognese Lasagna).

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