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Authentic Recipes and Local Lore from Tuscany to Sicily

by Matthew Scialabba & Melissa Pellegrino

Pub Date: April 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7627-7082-3
Publisher: Lyons Press

A delicious journey through central and southern Italy through recipes.

In this sequel to The Italian Farmer's Table (2009), Scialabba and Pellegrino chronicle their travels to more than 30 farms and share the best recipes from each, using only what that farm produces. "We were deeply moved by the simplicity of cooking with ingredients grown and raised out the kitchen door," they write. “There was something that we connected with, that just seemed real and felt right about washing dirt off freshly picked vegetables, or noting the vibrant orange color of the free-range egg yolks we were using to make fresh pasta." At the beginning the authors provide basic recipes for pasta and crepes, and they include a charming history of the farm, how the family came to agritourism and, of course, the specialties of each house—usually at least one appetizer, entree and dessert. Home chefs can start with a beet carpaccio with pickled onions from Tuscany, move on to polenta with pork and sausage sauce from Umbria and finish with a poached pear and ricotta mousse tart from Basilicata. Some of the mouthwatering recipes are fairly simple, such as the farfalle with zucchini and mussels from Apulia, but others will take time, such as the chicken lasagna from the Michetti Convent in Abruzzo. Scialabba and Pellegrino also make adaptations for home chefs—e.g., replacing quail for Sardinia's indigenous partridges—and they include instructions on where to find wild boar in American and the contact information for all of the farms, among other points of reference.

A perfect guide to bringing home the traditional and unique flavors of Italy.