La Cucina: The Traditional Home Cooking of Italy (Hardback)
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Short Description for La Cucina Fifty years ago, a group called The Italian Academy of Cuisine set out to preserve traditional Italian cooking. This is the culmination of their research--2,000 recipes and historical facts that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past.
- Published: 20 October 2009
- Format: Hardback 948 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780847831470 ISBN 10: 0847831477
- Sales rank: 14,020
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Full description for La Cucina
Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy's more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes--many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat--2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it's not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. "La Cucina" is an essential reference for every cook's library.