A Taste of Southern Italy: Delicious Recipes and a Dash of Culture

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 11, 2009 - Cooking - 288 pages
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“It has always been true for me that to know a place, I must first know how it eats and drinks. Everything unravels at the table.”
–Marlena de Blasi

Marlena de Blasi’s lifelong affair with cooking began at age nine on a beach along the coast of southern Italy, where she met an elderly woman roasting potatoes coated with olive oil, rosemary, and sea salt over an open fire.

Now, in A Taste of Southern Italy, de Blasi brings to life the spirit as well as the cuisine of this bountiful region. With de Blasi we travel down remote country goat paths in tiny island villages and along sun-washed avenues of great cities in search of some of the most treasured recipes in the world. This is as much a storybook as it is a cookbook: a gathering of small rhapsodies, impressions, and romantic notions from a land where such delights are plentiful. In our journey through the kitchens of southern Italy we find tantalizing recipes for a host of mouthwatering dishes, including

Gnocchi di Castagne con Porcini Trifolati
Insalata di Pesce Dove il Mare Non C’é
Pane di Altamura
Frittelle di Ricotta e Rhum alla Lucana
Peperoni Arrostiti Ripieni
La Vera Pizza
Pomodori alla Brace
Pesce Spada sulla Brace alla Pantesca
Ricotta Forte
Pasta alla Pecoraio
La Torta Antica Ericina
Un Gelato Barocco

With these authentic recipes at your fingertips, you can master the luscious tastes and rustic ambiance of southern Italy. These dishes are sure to become a tradition in your home, and will fill it with tantalizing aromas and love.

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About the author (2009)

Marlena de Blasi is a chef, a food and wine consultant, a restaurant critic, and the author of A Thousand Days In Venice, A Thousand Days in Tuscany, and Regional Foods of Northern Italy, which was nominated for the James Beard Award. She lives with her Venetian husband, Fernando, in the restored wing of a seventeenth-century palazzo in the Umbrian hill town of Orvieto. Between endless jaunts into every region of the country, they and their son, Erich, host culture and cuisine courses for travelers.

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