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Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen by Lucinda Scala Quinn


Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen by Lucinda Scala Quinn

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In this small but tasty collection of Italian recipes, Quinn, host of the PBS series Everyday Food draws on her travels and ancestral past for classic home-cooked dishes. In bringing rustic Italian food to the busy American table, Quinn cuts out several steps such as homemade stock and freshly rolled pasta. Technique is perhaps not as important as ingredients: Her "Notes to the Cook section" covers some basic territory such as how to control the flavor of garlic, the merits of salted capers and her secret dredging weapon, Wondra flour for gravy. Though selections like Carolina's Wine Taralli (cookies) and Tuna Gremolata Dip have a sophisticated flair, there are plenty of earthy, elemental pleasures, like Polpette (a meatball in Italian), which is baked with mortadella slivers and pistachios, and Tuscan kale sautéed with olive oil and seasoned only with salt and pepper. Along with plenty of color beauty shots by Quentin Bacon, Quinn's book demonstrates that even at its very humblest, Italian cooking yields extraordinary flavors. Includes color photographs.
Lucinda Scala Quinn has been cooking professionally since she was sixteen, but the food she loves best is simple, home-style Italian cooking. It's the food of her heart and soul--the dishes that bring back warm memories of her Italian-American childhood and many trips to Italy. Now, in this cookbook, Quinn shares 52 of her favorite recipes for homey Italian food. Accompanied by lush color photographs and Quinn's engaging notes and reminiscences, these dishes are easy to make, beautiful to look at, and delicious to eat. Many are family recipes that Quinn has lovingly preserved, while others were inspired by her visits to Italy.

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