Book: Lidia’s Italy by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

lidia.jpgI received this book as a gift and am very pleased. There are 336 pages filled with “140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most”. So, it’s the author’s favorite foods when she travels to Italy. Who is Lidia? She has a public television cooking series and has written four other cookbooks- all well-written.

With that being said, here’s a sampling of what to expect: The places she visits to share the foods are: Istria, Trieste, Friuli, Padvoa & Treviso, Piemonte, Maremma, Rome, Naples, Sicily and Puglia. I’ve never been to Italy but cooking from this book almost had me booking a flight.

These are not your typical down-home-in-America recipes, yet the ingredients are not weird or “out there” like so many cookbooks based on European cooking have a tendency to be. They’re more rural, farm-style which is not a bad thing, but cooking a boar is not on my list of things to do before I die. Thank goodness you can substitute pork tenderloins. The potato gnocchi stuffed with prunes is literally mouthwatering. Velvety cornmeal-spinach soup with a slice of Frico – Oh! it will have you swooning.

lidia-2.jpgI love this book but haven’t made any new friends because I’m not sharing! Seriously, you, your family and friends will thoroughly enjoy these recipes. Mangia!

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