Italian

White Ragu of Genoa, Naples, and Odesa

White Ragu of Genoa, Naples, and Odesa excerpted from Home Food: 100 Recipes to Comfort & Connect by Olia Hercules. Photography by Joe Woodhouse.

White Ragu of Genoa, Naples, and Odesa excerpted from Home Food: 100 Recipes to Comfort & Connect by Olia Hercules. Photography by Joe Woodhouse.

Home Food: 100 Recipes to Comfort and Connect: Ukraine • Cyprus • Italy • England • and Beyond by Olia Hercules.

In her most personal book yet, Olia Hercules distills a lifetime of kitchen curiosity into her 100 most loved recipes. She draws on her broad influences: her childhood in Eastern Europe; her years in Cyprus and Italy; her simple, plant-centric family meals at home in London; and the special festive recipes she has gleaned along the way.

All these seemingly diverse recipes are centred on comfort and connection. These are recipes that have been handwritten, handed down, and shared among friends: “They are nostalgic like the potatoes of my childhood, they share trade secrets like Bisque-style red mullet pasta, they interweave every day like Joe’s beet, feta, and potatoes, and they make everything ok like Life-giving rhubarb cake.

The foods we choose to cook time and again are part of what makes us, and when we share those recipes, we give a little of ourselves.” In this book, Olia gives us her food story through her very favourite recipes. (more…)

Lemon-infused pizza with sausage, mozzarella, and arugula

Lemon-infused pizza with sausage, mozzarella, and arugula

Lemon-infused pizza with sausage, mozzarella, and arugula excerpted from Gennaro’s Limoni: Vibrant Italian Recipes Celebrating the Lemon by Gennaro Contaldo.

Gennaro's Limoni: Vibrant Italian Recipes Celebrating the Lemon by Gennaro Contaldo

Ask a foodie about the Amalfi Coast and lemons immediately spring to mind. The sweet, aromatic, large and thick-skinned sfusato Amalfitano is the extraordinary and delectable citrus fruit that Gennaro Contaldo grew up with.

Lemons were and still are a part of daily life for locals of the Amalfi Coast, and Gennaro continues this tradition in his everyday cooking. From a sliver of zest in his morning espresso to helping with minor ailments and even household chores, lemons have a wealth of uses.

No part of the lemon is wasted—flesh, pith, and skin are chopped into salads, juice is drizzled over meat, fish, and veggies, while the aromatic zest adds a complexity to a dish’s flavour. Even the leaves are used to wrap meat, fish and cheese for extra flavour, or finely chopped and made into a tea infusion.

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Vegetable Ragu

Vegetable Ragu

Vegetable Ragu excerpted from Evergreen Kitchen: Weeknight Vegetarian Dinners for Everyone by Bri Beaudoin. Copyright © 2022 Bri Beaudoin. Photography by Anguel Dimov.

Evergreen Kitchen: Weeknight Vegetarian Dinners for Everyone by Bri Beaudoin. Copyright © 2022 Bri Beaudoin. Photography by Anguel Dimov. Published by Penguin Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Bri Beaudoin, creator of the popular blog Evergreen Kitchen, has been captivating her fans with delicious and healthy vegetarian recipes for years. While we all know that a home-cooked meal is the best for our budgets and our health, the idea of cooking dinner on weeknights can feel like a chore. With many of us eating more veggie­forward meals, it’s no wonder busy home cooks are craving tasty vegetarian recipes that everyone at the dinner table will love.

Evergreen Kitchen is bursting with beautiful, flavourful recipes that just so happen to be vegetarian. The recipes provide much-needed inspiration for delicious weeknight mains that are sure to make your taste buds sing, and a sprinkling of simple, yet scrumptious, desserts for those who like to end their meal with something sweet. Whether you want to cook a vegetarian meal one night a week or every night, Evergreen Kitchen is packed with over 110 recipes to make it happen with dishes that satisfy the heartiest of appetites like Veggie Skillet Pot Pie and Cheesy Chipotle Quinoa Bake to Spicy Miso Ramen and Sheet-Pan Veggie Fajitas. (more…)

Roman Stuffed Tomatoes

Roman Stuffed Tomatoes

Roman Stuffed Tomatoes excerpted from Pasta Grannies: Comfort Cooking: Traditional Family Recipes From Italy’s Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison. Copyright photography © Lizzie Mayson.

Pasta Grannies: Comfort Cooking: Traditional Family Recipes From Italy’s Best Home Cooks

Spending time with our family and friends has never felt so important—and so often this means cooking for the ones you love.

Who better to take inspiration from than Pasta Grannies who have spent their lifetimes plating up comfort and connection? Vicky Bennison, the author of the bestselling Pasta Grannies cookbook, brings more heart-warming recipes and stories from our favourite Italian grandmothers in this easy-to-follow, crowd-pleasing recipe book shows you how to make authentic Italian food that everyone will enjoy.

Discover 91-year-old Pina’s chestnut gnocchi with walnut pesto, lovingly made with ingredients she grows around her home in Liguria; or 99-year-old Marietta’s special tagliatelle recipe, which is not really a recipe at all but a reflection of her vegetable garden, the Calabrian countryside and the changing seasons. As well as meat, seafood and vegetable pasta recipes, chapters cover pizzas, pastries and pies, rice and pulses, dairy and herbs, nuts and spices. (more…)

Garlic Shrimp Mafaldine

Garlic Shrimp Mafaldine

Garlic Shrimp Mafaldine, reprinted with permission from Simple Pasta by Odette Williams, copyright (c) 2022. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Photographs copyright © Graydon Herriott.

Simple Pasta: Pasta Made Easy. Life Made Better. by Odette Williams

In Simple Pasta, Odette Williams makes homemade pasta easy, fun, and delicious. With just three base doughs, there are endless possibilities for creating memorable, transporting meals with friends and family. Of course, if you prefer (or just need the convenience of) store-bought pasta, that’s always an option too.

Discover new favourite and beloved classics, like:

• Beet and Carrot Agnolotti with Sage-Hazelnut Butter
• Creamy Wild Mushroom Gnocchi
• Cacio e Pepe
• Carbonara
• Beef Short Rib Ragù and Pappardelle
• Zucchini and Basil Casarecce
• Wicked White Bolognese
• Crispy Italian Sausage and Broccolini Orecchiette

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Eggplant and Vegetable Stew

Eggplant and Vegetable Stew

Eggplant and Vegetable Stew excerpted from Cooking alla Giudia by Benedetta Jasmine Guetta (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2022.

Cooking alla Giudia: A Celebration of the Jewish Food of Italy by Benedetta Jasmine Guetta

Cooking alla Giudia is the ultimate tribute to the wonderfully rich, yet still largely unknown, culinary heritage of the Jews of Italy. From Roman deep-fried artichokes (carciofi alla giudia) to Venetian sarde in saor (sweet-and-sour sardines), Apulian orecchiette pasta, and Sicilian caponata, some of Italy’s best-known dishes are Jewish in origin. But little is known about the Jewish people in Italy and their culinary traditions.

It was the Jews, for example, who taught Italians to eat the eggplant, and thus helped inspire the classic eggplant parmigiana and many other local specialties. With a collection of kosher recipes from all regions of Italy, including plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, author Benedetta Jasmine Guetta is on a mission to tell the story of how the Jews changed Italian food, to preserve these recipes, and to share with home cooks the extraordinary dishes prepared in the Jewish communities of Italy.

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Baked Zucchini with Italian Meat Sauce

Baked Zucchini with Italian Meat Sauce

Baked Zucchini with Italian Meat Sauce, excerpted from Mangiamo by Mark Perlioni and Angela Persicke. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Photo credit: Angela Persicke.

Mangiamo by Mark Perlioni and Angela Persicke.From delicious homemade pasta to spot-on risottos to fan favourite gelato, bring the best dishes of Italy to your own kitchen with the help of Italian-American chef Mark Perlioni and Angela Persicke’s standout recipes.

Mark’s journey to reconnect with his Italian roots and lifelong love of cooking combine for delicious results―like Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Rosemary Garlic Brown Butter Sauce, Italian Sausage Lasagna and Chianti Braised Beef with Creamy Cheese and Spinach Polenta. Foundational recipes for pasta dough, homemade sauces and condiments and more level up into full meal showstoppers that you’ll find yourself making again and again.

Inspiration from Mark’s family recipes, trips to Italy and experimentation in Mark and Angela’s home kitchen help favourites like Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Butter Sauce, Lemon Parmesan Orzo, Italian Wedding Soup and Hazelnut Tiramisu blend the best of tradition with new innovations for restaurant-quality meals sure to please a crowd.

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Tomato, Courgette and Olive Pasta

Tomato, Courgette and Olive Pasta

Tomato, Courgette and Olive Pasta, One-Pot Vegan: Easy Vegan Meals in Just One Pot by Sabrina Fauda-Rôle. Photography by Rebecca Genet.

ONE-POT VEGAN: EASY VEGAN MEALS IN JUST ONE POT by Sabrina Fauda-Role

Bringing together classic dishes and fresh recipe ideas, One-Pot Vegan teaches you how to cook over 80 vegan meals in just one pot.

From weeknight essentials to gatherings and celebrations, there’s something for every occasion. Start your day with Banana and Almond Pancakes, try your hand at a speedy Gnocchi and Spinach Pasta, ready in just 15 minutes, and cook up a rather impressive Dried Tomato Risotto.

Filled with inspiration for simple, healthy, delicious vegan meals, One-Pot Vegan contains a wide variety of ingenious recipes, perfect for any night of the week.

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Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs, excerpted from Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali. Copyright © 2021 Tutti a Tavola, LLC. Photography by Armando Rafael. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Lidia's a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl: Simple Recipes for Perfect Meals Lidia Bastianich—”doyenne of Italian cooking” (Chicago Times)—makes Italian cooking easy for everyone with this new, beautifully designed, easy-to-use cookbook. Here are more than 100 homey, simple-to-prepare recipes that require fewer steps and fewer ingredients (not to mention fewer dirty pots and pans!), without sacrificing any of their flavour.

These are just a few of the delectable dishes that fill this essential book of recipes:

 Spinach, Bread, and Ricotta Frittata
 One-Pan Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana
 Roasted Squash and Carrot Salad with Chickpeas and Almonds
 Penne with Cauliflower and Green Olive Pesto
 Balsamic Chicken Stir-Fry
 Skillet Lasagna
 Braised Calamari with Olives and Peppers
 Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs
 Apple Cranberry Crumble

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Giant Meatballs in Marinara

Giant Meatballs in Marinara

Giant Meatballs in Marinara, Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family by Trisha Yearwood. Photography © 2021 by Ben Fink.

Trisha's Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family Trisha Yearwood’s fans know that she can cook up a comforting, delicious meal that will feed a family! Like her earlier bestsellers, Trisha’s Kitchen will include new family favourites and easy-to-make comfort foods, with stories about her family and what’s really important in life.

The 125 recipes include dishes her beloved mother used to make, plus new recipes like Pasta Pizza Snack Mix and Garth’s Teriyaki Bowl. Every recipe tells a story, whether it’s her grandma’s Million Dollar Cupcakes or her Camo Cake that she made for her nephew’s birthday.

As Trisha says: “I love to cook now more than I ever have because, for me, cooking is about love. It’s sharing a meal with family and friends and talking about our lives. It’s working out thoughts in my head about what I need to conquer or accomplish while I’m working on a homemade pastry crust. Sometimes the feel of cold butter in my hands working through the flour just makes me see things more clearly.”

Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)