Italian Food & Cooking (Ricette di Cucina)
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
The Accademia Italiana della Cucina (Italian Academy of Cuisine) was founded in 1953 in Milan to preserve the gastronomic heritage of Italy. Members have collected authentic recipes of regional Italian cooking from grandmothers and farmers in many small villages. This huge volume of 2,000 recipes is the result.
Fagioli: The Bean Cuisine of Italy
TX803.B4 B37 2004
Pasta e fagioli, anyone? This Rodale book offers 124 Italian recipes as well as bean basics.
Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes
Lidia Bastianich acquaints us with lesser known regions of Italy (as opposed to Sicily and Tuscany), offering us uncomplicated recipes for simple home-cooked dishes, including many suitable for vegetarians. The recipes are from the local people she met: the farmers, shepherds, foragers, and artisans who produce local cheeses, meats, olive oils, and wines. Her daughter, Tanya, takes us on side trips in each of the twelve regions to share her love of the country and its art.
La Cucina di Lidia: Recipes and Memories from Italy's Adriatic Coast
TX723.2.N65 B37 2003x
Lidia was born in Istria, which is now Serbia.
q TX723.B46827 2007x
Here's another compendium for the serious cook from the folks at America's Test Kitchen (Cook's Illustrated). Although you don't get the colored photos of other cookbooks, you do get a long description of what the cooks were looking for in a recipe and why they went with the version they did. Try their Butternut Squash Risotto or their Ricotta Cheesecake.
Complete A-Z of Italian Food
Antonio Carluccio, an Italian native now living in England, runs a British restaurant chain, Carluccio's Deli Caffes, each of which includes an Italian food shop and deli. Check out his website for recipes by season. He also has a program on the BBC. To learn more about the food of the different regions of Italy, see his book, Italia.
My Calabria: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South
Calabria is the tip of Italy's boot and, although it is an impoverished mountainous region, food is very important. Costantino does a good job explaining about the food and food customs, including the Christmas Eve meal, il Cenone, which typically includes 13 dishes. Read more at Calabria from Scratch.
Food Festivals of Italy: Celebrated Recipes from 50 Food Fairs
q TX723.C9478 2007
The food photographs are the highlight here. Curti uses the festival ingredient to create rather sophisticated dishes. More information about Italian food festivals (sagre) can be found in Italian Festival Food
Regional Foods of Northern Italy: Recipes and Remembrances
Marlena de Blasi is an American food and wine journalist and culinary historian who lives in Italy. The book evokes the essence of Northern Italy's traditional foods in a beautifully wrought amalgam of recipe and narrative.
A Taste of Southern Italy: Delicious Recipes and a Dash of Culture
TX723.2.S65 D435 2006
From the bestselling author of "A Thousand Days in Venice" comes a collection of mouthwatering recipes from all over southern Italy, interwoven with anecdotes of her travels and the culture of the region. Originally published as "Regional Foods of Southern Italy" in 1999.
Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey: the Mediterranean Flavors of Sardinia
An interesting cookbook with unusual homestyle recipes from Sardinia. Not your common spaghetti and meatballs Italian-American cooking but one that includes unusual ingredients like myrtle, bitter honey, and fregula (toasted semolina pasta). There are recipes for mussels, goat, tripe, eel and fresh cheese curd and the commentary that goes alongside (Efisio Farris grew up in Sardina and his family still lives there) makes this book an excellent read.
Ursula Ferrigno's Trattoria: a Passion for Italian Food
More than just a cookbook, this work is a travelogue filled with colorful images and mouthwatering recipes sure to transport the reader into the world of homestyle Italian food.
The Italian Baker: The Classic Tastes of the Italian Countryside--Its Breads, Pizza, Focaccia, Cakes, Pastries, and Cookies
In this updated version of her 1985 classic, Carol Field introduces artisanal doughs and techniques used by Italian bakers. Every city and hill town has its own baking traditions and Field spent more than two years traversing Italy to collect regional and local specialties, adapting them through testing.
The Italian Way: Food and Social Life
GT2853.I8 H37 2009
This University of Chicago Press publication focuses on two dozen families in the city of Bologna and their food practices. Douglas Harper is a sociology professor at Duquesne University specializing in visual sociology.
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
TX723 .H342 1992
"Essentials" is a revision and update of Marcella's two previous "classic" Italian cookbooks (Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking which I had in paperback editions from the 70s) and is meant to be a handbook to Italian cooking. Try her basic tomato sauce for spaghettic and her baked fish with potatoes and garlic.
Cucina del Sole: a Celebration of Southern Italian Cooking
TX723.2.S65 J44 2007
This bestselling book covers the regions of Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily. Previous books by Jenkins are Flavors of Tuscany and Flavors of Puglia.
Made in Italy: Food & Stories
q TX723.L6325 2006x
The heft of this book is intimidating but the recipes (and stories) are intriguing and cover all sorts of Italian food, both complex and simple. Locatelli will teach you how to make a biga (bread starter) using pears and how to celebrate the new spring garlic crop with a garlic soup. In 2012, he came out with Made in Sicily.
The Food of Southern Italy
Middione received the 1988 James Beard Award for this book.
Italy, the Romagnoli Way: A Culinary Journey
If any of you remember the 1970s PBS program "The Romagnoli's Table" (with Franco Romagnoli and his first wife, Margaret), you might enjoy this book in which Franco Romagnoli and his second wife tour Italy and talk about the cooking of each region.
The Southern Italian Table: Authentic Tastes from Traditional Kitchens
TX723.2.S65 S343 2009x
Although his name isn't Italian, Schwartz has written a previous book on Italian food: Naples at Table: Cooking in Campania. In his latest book, he explores all regions of Southern Italy, including Molise, Puglia, Calabria, Basilicata, and Sicilia, as well as Campania.
Dolci: Italy's Sweets
If you want to try something different for dessert, try one of these from Italy. They are definitely different and ones that you won't find in a typical dessert book and there are some quick and easy ones. Even better, each recipes features an Italian proverb: "gallina vecchia fa buon brodo" (an old hen makes a good broth) so you can practice your Italian!
q TX723.C8513 2005x
Italy's best-selling cookbook for over 50 years has now been translated into English. This bible of authentic Italian cooking has over 2,000 recipes, including pizzas, soups, polenta, pasta, risottos, timbales, eggs, vegetables, fish and more.
Pomp and Sustenance: Twenty-Five Centuries of Sicilian Food
TX723.2.S55 S56 1989
If you like food history, you should enjoy this book that traces that of Sicily, from the time of the Greeks, through invasions by the Romans, Saracens, Normans and Spanish. Simeti includes recipes as illustrations: for instance one for Caponata when she speaks of the introduction of eggplant by the Arabs of North Africa.
Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily
American chef Jessica Theroux spent a year traveling throughout Italy, cooking and talking with Italian grandmothers. She profiles each of her "nonnas" and then offers several of her recipes, many of which are unusual and not found in other cookbooks. Listen to an interview at Wisconsin Public Radio. Or more interesting yet, view Jessica Theroux's film of the grandmother in Calabria on Vimeo.
Cucina of Le Marche
Trabocchi is chef at Maestro in Washington, D.C. and a native of Le Marche, in the south of Italy. He presents the best, most characteristic recipes of la cucina marchigiana, many of them rustic and somewhat difficult to replicate in the American kitchen.
Here's another voluminous volume from Phaidon Press (publisher of The Silver Spoon) that covers all sorts of Italian vegetables, including how to grow them.
Encyclopedia of Pasta
Food scholar Oretta Zanini De Vita traveled to every corner of her native Italy, recording oral histories, delving into long-forgotten family cookbooks, and searching obscure archives to produce this rich and uniquely personal compendium of historical and geographical information for each variety of pasta. This book won a James Beard Foundation Award in 2010. You can listen to her in this CBC Radio broadcast: Pasta: The Long and Short of It by Megan Williams.
Explores the history of Italian cooking, what foods are used in the preparation of Italian meals and regional differences in Italian cooking.
(DVD) TX723.2.S65 P3734 2004x
Instruction in Southern Italian cuisine by a singing chef. Demonstrates how to prepare full course dinners for four in under thirty minutes. Originally produced as six individual episodes of the Toronto television series.
(DVD) GT2853.I8 W67 2009x
Cookbook author and world traveler Paulette Mitchell visits food markets in Venice, Rome, Sicily, the Tuscan countryside, and Florence. She experiences city and market highlights, savors regional specialties, and meets local residents, who talk about their lives and share the Italian cooks' secret ingredient -- passion.
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Web Sites in English
The Art of Cookery
Traditional Italian recipes & wines from Florentine and Tuscan cooking by the Mandragora Publishing House, Florence.
La Cucina Italiana Magazine (English)
English edition of the oldest and most authoritative magazine of Italian gourmet cuisine. Includes a daily recipe in English and a Regional Food Archive to help readers better savor and enjoy their time while travelling to Italy.
Culinary Institute of America World Flavors: Sicily
Watch these streaming videos of the food of Sicily. You can also download the recipes.
Divina Cucina Blog (Over a Tuscan Stove)
The author of this blog teaches cooking classes in Tuscany.
Eataly New York
Next time you are in New York City, stop by the New York branch of this Italian food emporium at 200 5th Avenue.
Epicurious International Cooking: Italian
Browse through pages of Italian recipes from Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines.
Italian Food Forever
"Chi Mangia Bene, Mangia Italiano"
A blog with recipes and articles about Italian food traditions, maintained by Deborah Mele. Look here for reviews of Italian cookbooks, It also includes links to affiliated websites, like Nonna Lina's Kitchen.
This promotional website by the Italian Trade Commission offers a lot of information about foods and wines from the distinct regions of Italy.
New York Times: Totally Authentic Flavors of Sicily
A September 17, 1995 article By Mary Taylor Simeti in which a Sicilian reminisces about traditional foods of Sicily that he grew up with.
Katie Parla, a travel writer, food historian, and sommelier based in and around Italy, chases down the best food in Italy and elsewhere in this blog.
Terra di Toscana: Cucina toscana
Terra di Toscana is a travel promotion website for Tuscany. Their Tuscan Cuisine section offers extensive information under 5 topics: Giuseppe Alessi's cuisine (many recipes), Typical products (information about many agricultural products), Pamela Sheldon Johns, Popular cuisine, and Cooking courses.
TV Programs in English
Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of this nationally televised PBS series. 2010 marked its milestone 20th season, making it the longeset running cooking series on television.
This Food Network program is hosted by Giada De Laurentiis who shares updated versions of the homey recipes she grew up with in her Italian family, like Pancetta Turkey Meatloaf...
Lidia's Italy is a PBS television series with Lidia Bastianich. Includes a schedule of each episode and what it covers as well as many recipes.
A Food Network show with Mario Batali.
Web Sites in Italian
Accademia Italiana della Cucina
This is the organization that published La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy, originally La Cucina del Bel Paese, the first serious and organic research produced in Italy to classify as thoroughly as possible Italian regional cuisine. These recipes are available online in Italian and are searchable by Regione, Tipo di piatto, Titolo della ricetta, and Ingrediente. The previous 3 months of their monthly magazine are available online in .pdf format in Italian. They also have a searchable guide to restaurants in Italy. There is an English version of the website.
This is a web magazine of cooking in Italian.
La Cucina di Calycanthus
This blog by two friends and a photographer is a good starting point for exploring Italian cooking blogs.
La Cucina Italiana
Italian edition of the oldest and most authoritative magazine of Italian gourmet cuisine.
Donna Moderna: Cucina
The cooking section of "Modern Woman" magazine.
Giallo Zafferano (Yellow Saffron)
Includes well-illustrated recipes in Italian.
A professionally developed Italian food site with hundreds of recipes, including gourmet recipes from restaurant chefs.
A large database of recipes
Ricette Per Cucinare
Recipes for dishes by region of Italy
Il portale delle sagre, delle fiere, delle feste populare... (The website of local festivals, fairs, and popular festivals). Italy has many local food festivals called sagra (sagre pl.). This website in Italian will tell you about them by region and also tell you which are happening now. Yum!
Italian TV Programs
Offers some videos for various recipes. In Italian.
Italian Food Net
Watch and listen to cooking videos in Italian.
Watch cooking videos in Italian on YouTube for the Uchef site. You can watch dubbed versions at http://www.youtube.com/user/uChefdotit
What Pittsburgher isn't familiar with Delallo Italian products in the grocery store? This Italian food wholesaler and retailer (with a wonderful store at 6390 Route 30 in Jeanette) now has an online store where you can purchase gift baskets and kitchenware (perhaps you need a cavatelli maker?). And you will even find their products in California grocery stores!
Donatelli's Italian Food Center
A family-owned specialty food store on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield that offers a wide array of imported and domestic Italian products.
Enrico Biscotti Company
If you walk through the Strip District on a Saturday morning, you will undoubtedly smell their wares. This was the source for the Pittsburgh movie "The Bread My Sweet".
A traditional Italian grocery in Bloomfield.
An Italian market with locations in Monroeville, Penn Hills, Fox Chapel and Warrendale.
Cookbook author Lidia Matticchio Bastianich has a restaurant in the Strip District in Pittsburgh!
An Italian pastry shop in Monroeville (of all places). Their carrot cake and cheesecake are hard to beat. And their pastries! Cannoli, Pasticciotti, Sfogliatelle, Almond Macaroon Tart... Pick up some pignoli cookies for your wedding.
Pennsylvania Macaroni Company
Located in the Strip District, Penn Mac offers a wide assortment of Italian canned goods, pasta, cheese, olives, sausages, salami, etc.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Restaurant, chef perpetuate the Italian tradition of the Feast of St. Joseph
Rizzi DeFabo celebrates La Festa di San Giuseppe (March 19) at Rizzo's Malabar Inn.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: In Pittsburgh's Little Italy, two stalwart grocery markets survive
This February 24, 2011 article by Jacob Quinn Sanders of eatsburgh.com, tells about two Italian groceries in Bloomfield: Donatelli's Italian Food Center and Rose Marie Rossi's Groceria Italiana.
Fante's is a family owned and operated retail kitchenware business, located in the heart of Philadelphia's historic Italian Market since 1906. It has an online store and offers many specialty kitchenware items from Italy, such as Cavatelli Maker, Chitarra, attachments for pasta makers, etc. Some of the gadgets have links to YouTube so you can see how to use them.