Italian recipes

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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Penne with Trapanese-Style Pepper

Penne with Trapanese-Style Peppers, Gennaro’s Pasta Perfecto! by Gennaro Contaldo. Copyright © 2019. Photographs by David Loftus.

Penne with Trapanese-Style Peppers, Gennaro’s Pasta Perfecto! by Gennaro Contaldo. Copyright © 2019. Photographs by David Loftus.

In Italy, pasta is more than just food—it is a tradition and a way of life with a long history. In most Italian homes, no meal is complete without a plate of pasta, no matter how it is enjoyed—from a quick basic spaghetti with tomato sauce, to elaborate baked dishes or a simple soup!

This is the beauty of pasta, it is simple to prepare, very versatile and you can make it to suit any occasion and budget. And this is probably why it has become a popular food all over the world. Let’s face it, most people love pasta!

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Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, Gregg's Italian Family Cookbook, Gregg and Anna Wallace, Photography by James Murphy

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, Gregg’s Italian Family Cookbook, Gregg and Anna Wallace, Photography by James Murphy

Gregg Wallace has fallen in love with Italian cuisine. Along with his wife Anna, and a little help from her Italian parents, he has created a simple Italian cookbook so we can all enjoy traditional Italian cuisine at home.

For Italians, food is not just about recipes, it’s a way of life. It’s about making time for each other, forgetting work and worries, and enjoying tasty, satisfying meals. Gregg and Anna share the dishes they have explored, laughed and argued about with their family, from vitello tonnato to orecchiette and crespelle to veal chops, bagna cauda and bowls of vongole. Brought to life through stunning photography in the Tuscan countryside and buzzing food markets, you’ll discover traditional recipes, cooked the authentic Italian way.

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Italian Burgers with Giardiniera

Italian Burgers with Basil Mustard and Giardiniera

Italian Burgers with Basil Mustard and Giardiniera, Linda Ly, Photography by Will Taylor

There’s no denying the thrill of cooking outdoors and the sense of community it brings when people gather around a fire, and in this book, author Linda Ly will teach you how to master the flames. For the adventurous, start by building a home fire pit. It’s easier than it sounds and requires a minimal investment of time and space. If you’d rather not, that’s okay!

There are plenty of other options, from vessel fire pits to tabletop grills. Even a charcoal kettle grill will give you more flavour than cooking with gas. Ly also covers everything you need to know about fuel sources (hardwood, hardwood lump charcoal, and smoking wood), her go-to grilling tools and accessories, secrets for stocking an indoor and outdoor pantry, fire making, fire safety, and tips and tricks for grilling more efficiently.
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Tortellini Drop Soup

Tortellini Drop Soup

Tortellini Drop Soup, Little Green Kitchen | Photography by David Frenkiel

David, Luise and their three kids are a family who loves to cook together. But like most families, they still struggle to get a nutritious and delicious meal on the table every night, that also satisfies their hunger for creative, globally-inspired food. Take your own inspiration from their quest to bring joy back to the dinner table: whip up a batch of Friday Night Hulk Burgers and Sweded Fries (made with spinach, quinoa, oats and peas), Tortellini Drop Soup or Stuffed Rainbow Peppers with black rice, feta, raisins, pistachios, cinnamon and beans.

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Tomato panzanella with corn, cucumbers, and herb salad

Tomato PanzanellaPhotography by EE Berger

Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables is not your typical cookbook—it is a how-to-cookbook of a variety of vegetables. Author Abra Berens—chef, farmer, Midwesterner—shares a collection of techniques that result in new flavours, textures, and ways to enjoy all the vegetables you want to eat. From confit to caramelized and everything in between—braised, blistered, roasted and raw—the cooking methods covered here make this cookbook a go-to reference.

Spanning 29 types of vegetables—from asparagus to zucchini—each chapter opens with an homage to the ingredients and variations on how to prepare them. Over 140 photographs show off not only the finished dishes, but also the vegetables and farms behind them.

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Six-Foot Sub Baguettes

Six-Foot Sub Baguettes

Photography by Linda Pugliese

The Executive Editor of SAVEUR magazine, author Stacy Adimando draws from her Italian heritage and her love of Italy’s traditional abundant antipasti spreads to create 75 recipes for easy, generous plates and platters meant for grazing and sharing.

Organized by season and ranging in size from bites—such as Stuffed Mussels with Bacon and Garlic Breadcrumbs, Baby Root Vegetables with Vinaigrette, and Prosciutto and Pecorino Biscuits—to larger platters, like Baked Squash with Chile Oil and Crispy Seeds, Thinly Sliced Tuscan Pork Loin, and White Clam Pizzas with Scallion and Bacon, these are generous dishes to serve to family and friends for gatherings of any kind. (more…)