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Overview The author of The Splendid Table revisits the Italian country kitchen with a new collection of two hundred recipes for appetizers, main courses, and desserts, collected from all over the country.
Publishers Description If you dream of Italy -- and who does not? -- be prepared to fall in love with this extraordinary cookbook. Written by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, author of "The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food" (winner of both the James Beard and Julia Child/IACP Cookbook-of-the-Year Awards), it is every bit the equal of its celebrated predecessor. Read its exuberant pages, eat its lusty dishes, and you enter a landscape vibrant with rural life. You are one with the terrain. In some sense, you are home. That, of course, is the miracle of Italy -- no matter where we come from, we want to be a part of it. And the miracle of "The Italian Country Table" is its ability to take us there. And what a journey You will never be as impatient to get into your kitchen as when you are planning a meal from this book. Two hundred recipes, personally collected from home cooks throughout the length and breadth of Italy, will keep calling you back. Who could resist the "Gatto" di Patate, a mashed-potato "lasagne" from the Neapolitan countryside? Or a Tuscan Mountain Supper of warm beans tossed with an herbed tomato sauce and eaten with tart greens? Or Pasta of the Grape Harvest, a Sicilian dish of grapes, red wine, orange zest, spices, pistachios and linguine? Or Chocolate Polenta Pudding Cake? Kasper, host of Public Radio's "The Splendid Table, " is a master teacher who thinks about cooking in a way that is radically distinctive. Her chapter on tomatoes and tomato sauces, a treasure by itself, will change the way you think about them -- and cook them -- forever. Her guide to buying and saucing pasta contains more useful facts than many books that devote themselves to pasta exclusively. Kasper, the grandchild of Italian immigrants, describes herself as someone with a love of lingering "in places where life changes slowly." This personal book abounds with stories of artisans, farmers and family. It is a portrait of Italian country life. Where you read "The Italian Country Table, " cook from it or use it to plan a trip (there is an appendix that lists guest farms, country hotels, restaurants and museums), you have only to turn its pages to be transported to a rustic Italy that few of us know, but all of us long for. * 16 pages of finished dishes in full color * 50 black-and-white photographs of country life
Awards and Recognitions The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy's Farmhouse Kitchens by Lynne Rossetto Kasper has received the following awards and recognitions -
IACP Crystal Whisk Award - 2000 Nominee - International category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy's Farmhouse Kitchens by Lynne Rossetto Kasper has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 01/01/1999 page 55
Publishers Weekly - 08/02/1999 page 78
Ingram Advance - 10/01/1999 page 27
People Weekly - 12/06/1999 page 59
New York Times - 12/05/1999 page 21
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 7.7" Height: 1.5" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 6, 1999
ISBN 0684813254 ISBN13 9780684813257
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More About Lynne Rossetto Kasper
Lynne Rossetto Kasper is host of the nationally broadcast radio show The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Public Radio's food program and winner of the 1998 James Beard Award For Best National Radio Show on Food Her first book, The Splendid Table Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food, is the only winner of both the James Beard and Julia Child/IACP Cookbook-of-the-Year Awards as well as the Julia Child Best First Book Award.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy's Farmhouse Kitchens?
not a bad dish yet Mar 30, 2008
I have had this book for years, and I have yet to make something out of it that hasn't been delicious. This one is a staple on the cookbook shelf. I've lived in Italy for a total of about 1.5 years (off and on), and this book really captures the flavors of "real" Italian food.
I wanted to like it ... Feb 25, 2008
Let me preface this by saying that I love listening to The Splendid Table and I think Ms. Kasper is fantastic. She obviously loves Italian food and she's done a lot to teach folks how to cook it properly. I enjoy reading the little vignettes which accompany so many of the recipes and all of her recipes sound delicious (at least by looking at the ingredient list).
That being said, I unfortunately found The Italian Country Table to be overly complicated and fussy at times. Sometimes her techniques are legitimate (for example, her technique for polenta -- long but worth it). Many times, however, they are not (in my humble opinion). Every time I want to cook something from this book, I am discouraged by something starting with, "Mince together 1 onion, 1/2 cup of parsley, 4 sages leaves and a slice of pancetta." Even to me, an avid cook, this is too much trouble. I agree that rolling your own pasta is the gold standard but for working stiffs such as myself, how about some reasonable alternatives such as buying fresh pasta and putting it through the machine a few times?
Disclaimers: I have been spoiled by "Red, White and Greens" by Faith Willinger, which was my first primer to Italian food. All of her recipes are easy and almost all of them are delicious. Also - I am vegetarian so I can only comment on the vegetable and grain dishes in this book, which perhaps are not its strong point.
Again, I still want to like this book -- In fact, I am trying the Tuscan Mountain Supper tonight!
Blah! Dec 4, 2007
This book is as dull and annoying and pretentious as Lynn Rosetta Kasper's voice on the Splendid Table on NPR. Everytime I hear her I want to commit suicide. The recipes are full of things you can't really get, they're kind of dull, and basically nothing to write home about. Did I mention how dull and pretentious her stupid radio program on NPR is? This is NPR to the nth degree. Dull, dull, dull.
Great cookbook, poorly executed Nov 25, 2007
As others have said, a delightful cookbook. Delicious recipes, and engaging views of the author's Italian heritage and travels. My only problem - and it's a significant one - is the poor quality of the binding. My copy is held together by a rubber band, as the middle 1/4" has fallen completely free of the binding. I expect better in a hardcopy cookbook. Printers should remember that cookbooks are often laid flat when they're used. My copy broke apart within weeks of receipt.
Just not that great Jul 23, 2007
This book was recommended to me by an Italian friend when I asked for a cookbook recommendation that could serve as sort of an Italian cuisine bible. Over the last 4 years, every recipe I've tried as seemed to be time consuming to make and slightly disappointing to eat.
I'm planning to buy 1 or 2 Biba books to replace this one.