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Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Author, Tanya Bastianich Manuali, Author, Hirsheimer & Hamilton, Photographer . Knopf $35 (411p) ISBN 978-0-307-26751-1

Bastianich, acclaimed restaurateur, star of a PBS cooking show and author (Lidia's Italy , etc.), and her daughter Manuali offer a stellar array of regional Italian recipes in this tantalizing and lavishly photographed collection. They serve up authentic, hearty fare including such favorites as wedding soup from Basilicata, braised veal shanks from Lombardy and spaghetti with clam sauce from Le Marche. They celebrate and honor the cuisine of lesser-known parts of the country including Emilia-Romagna's sweet and sour little onions, Molise's braised octopus with spaghetti, Calabria's spicy calamari and Liguria's stuffed vegetables. In her trademark style, Bastianich places each recipe in the context of its Italian heritage, sharing insight into the people and highlights of the region. Offerings run the gamut from fish and beef to pasta and vegetables and provide insight into the traditional Italian kitchen and lifestyle. Readers will enjoy this volume not only as a cookbook but as a vicarious travel guide, flipping the pages to take in the culture as well as the cuisine. Bastianich's fans will delight in this superb volume, which no kitchen should be without. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 08/03/2009
Release date: 10/01/2009
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