VALENTINA'S ITALIAN FAMILY FEAST: Festive Cooking for Family Occasions by Valentina Harris

VALENTINA'S ITALIAN FAMILY FEAST: Festive Cooking for Family Occasions

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Where the pictures, text, and recipes in Harris's Recipes from an Italian Farmhouse (1990) evoked a rustic paradise, this very personal effort focuses on the meals themselves: It's a re-creation in photos, recipes, and recollections of the festive celebrations--whether Tuscan picnic or Sicilian wedding--that the author herself put on or attended in different parts of her country. As traditional as pastiera, the Neapolitan Easter cake made with soaked wheat berries (and enjoyed here after a leg of lamb); as ""baroque"" as ""the Leopard's timbale"" at a Sicilian women's dinner; as simple as a tossed green salad; or as odd (to us) as strawberry risotto, the dishes look irresistible and come boosted by Harris's equally compelling enthusiasm.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1992
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster