Best Italian Cookbooks

Italian cuisine is still immensely popular in the United States and elsewhere in the world. You will also find countless Italian restaurants in our villages and cities. If you want to cook better Italian yourself, you can. There is currently an abundance of good Italian cookbooks available that bring this rich kitchen within the reach of the ordinary hobby cook. Below you will find our top ten best Italian cookbooks.

If you want to find even more similar cookbooks, you can check out some of our related lists: Best Mediterranean Cookbooks, Best Greek Cookbooks and Best Spanish Cookbooks.

Top Ten Best Italian Cookbooks

1
Marcella Hazan
October 27, 1992
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

The most important, consulted, and enjoyed Italian cookbook of all time, from the woman whointroduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food. 

Essentials of Italian Cooking is a culinary bible for anyone looking to master the art of Italian cooking, bringing together Marcella Hazan’s most beloved books, The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking, in a single volume, updated and expanded with new entries and 50 new recipes. Designed as a basic manual for cooks of all levels of expertise—from beginners to accomplished professionals—it offers both an accessible and comprehensive guide to techniques and ingredients and a collection of the most delicious recipes from the Italian repertoire. As home cooks who have used Marcella’s classic books for years (and whose copies are now splattered and worn) know, there is no one more gifted at teaching us just what we need to know about the taste and texture of a dish and how to achieve it, and there is no one more passionate and inspiring about authentic Italian food.

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The Silver Spoon Kitchen
October 24, 2011
Besy Italian Cookbook: The Silver Spoon

"The quintessential cookbook." – USA Today

The Silver Spoon, the most influential and bestselling Italian cookbook of the last 50 years, is now available in a new updated and revised edition. This bible of authentic Italian home cooking features over 2,000 revised recipes and is illustrated with 400 brand new, full‐color photographs. A comprehensive and lively book, its uniquely stylish and user‐friendly format makes it accessible and a pleasure to read. The new updated edition features new introductory material covering such topics as how to compose a traditional Italian meal, typical food traditions of the different regions, and how to set an Italian table. It also contains a new section of menus by celebrity chefs cooking traditional Italian food including Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich, Tony Mantuano, and Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone.

Il Cucchiaio d’Argento was originally published in Italy in 1950 by the famous Italian design and architectural magazine Domus, and became an instant classic. A select group of cooking experts were commissioned to collect hundreds of traditional Italian home cooking recipes and make them available for the first time to a wider modern audience. In the process, they updated ingredients, quantities and methods to suit contemporary tastes and customs, at the same time preserving the memory of ancient recipes for future generations.

Divided into eleven color‐coded chapters by course, The Silver Spoon is a feat of design as well as content. Chapters include: Sauces, Marinades and Flavored Butters, Antipasti, Appetizers and Pizzas, First Courses, Eggs, Vegetles, Fish and Shellfish, Meat, Poultry, Game, Cheese, and Desserts. It covers everything from coveted authentic sauces and marinades to irresistible dishes such as Penne Rigate with Artichokes, Ricotta and Spinach Gnocchi, Tuscan Minestrone, Meatballs in Brandy, Bresaola with Corn Salad, Pizza Napoletana, Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches and Carpaccio Cipriani.

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Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar
May 6, 2014
Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen

Recipes & Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, hosts of the Cooking Channels's hit show Extra Virgin, bring together food, family, and style in a celebration of the pleasures of the rustic Italian table with 120 recipes for simple yet exquisite meals that are accessible, full of fresh flavor, and easy to prepare.

Devi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are ambassadors of contemporary Tuscan cooking. In Extra Virgin, Gabriele is a traditional Italian with a big heart, and Debi is an outgoing, brash New York City girl. Their sassy and playful exchanges illuminate what’s important in everyday life: good food and a lot of love.

Ranging from traditional antipasti and soups to their spin on entrees, pizzas, and desserts, recipes include Pecorino and Honey Dip, a sweet and salty way to start a meal; tangy, luscious Grilled Apricots with Goat Cheese Ricotta, inspired by wild Tuscan apricot trees; and Sausage and Beans, which offers hints of fennel in a Tuscan red sauce. Here, too, are Braised Artichokes softened in guanciale-infused oil, Breakfast Pizza, and Coffee Granita just as Italians make it.

So flag these recipes, get sauce on them, let splashes of olive oil mark the pages—and invite Debi and Gabriele’s charisma and passion for cooking to spill into your kitchen.

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Laura Vitale
October 6, 2015
Laura in the Kitchen: Favorite Italian-American Recipes Made Easy

Favorite Italian-American Recipes Made Easy

At long last, the companion cookbook to the hit YouTube cooking show—including recipes for 120 simple, delicious Italian-American classics.

When Laura Vitale moved from Naples to the United States at age twelve, she cured her homesickness by cooking up endless pots of her nonna’s sauce. She went on to work in her father’s pizzeria, but when his restaurant suddenly closed, she knew she had to find her way back into the kitchen. Together with her husband, she launched her Internet cooking show, Laura in the Kitchen, where her enthusiasm, charm, and irresistible recipes have won her millions of fans. 

In her debut cookbook, Laura focuses on simple recipes that anyone can achieve—whether they have just a little time to spend in the kitchen or want to create an impressive feast. Here are 110 all-new recipes for quick-fix suppers, such as Tortellini with Pink Parmesan Sauce and One-Pan Chicken with Potatoes, Wine, and Olives; leisurely entrées, including Spinach and Artichoke-Stuffed Shells and Pot Roast alla Pizzaiola; and 10 fan favorites, like Cheesy Garlic Bread and No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake. 

Laura tests her recipes dozens of times to perfect them so the results are always spectacular. With clear instructions and more than 100 color photographs, Laura in the Kitchen is the perfect guide for anyone looking to get comfortable at the stove and have fun cooking.

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Rossella Rago
March 15, 2017
Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

Learn to cook classic Italian recipes like a native with the long-awaited debut cookbook from Rossella Rago, creator of the popular web TV series Cooking with Nonna!

For Rossella Rago, creator and host of Cooking with Nonna TV, Italian cooking was never just about the amazing food or Sunday dinner; it was also about family, community, and tradition. Rossella grew up cooking with her Nonna Romana every Sunday and on holidays, learning the traditional recipes of the Italian region of Puglia, like focacciabraciolezucchine alla poverella, and pizza rustica.

In her popular web TV series, Rossella invites Italian-American grandmothers (the unsung heroes of the culinary world) to cook with her, learning the classic dishes and flavors of each region of Italy and sharing them with eager fans all over the world. Now you can take a culinary journey through Italy with Rossella and her debut cookbook, Cooking with Nonna, featuring over 100 classic Italian recipes, along with advice and stories from 25 beloved Italian grandmothers.

With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and mouthwatering photos, Cooking with Nonna covers appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, meats, breads, cookies, and desserts, and features favorite recipes including: 

  • Sicilian Rice Balls
  • Fried Calamari
  • Stuffed Artichokes
  • Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe
  • Veal Stew in a Polenta Bowl
  • Struffoli
  • Ricotta Cookies
  • Homemade Pasta
  • Handcrafted Spaghetti with Meatballs
  • Four-Cheer Lasagna

If you are ready to bring back Sunday dinner and learn how to make Italian food just like nonna, then look no further!

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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
October 27, 2015
Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook

Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook

From the Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, best-selling author, and beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions in America comes the ultimate master class: a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking, coauthored with her daughter, Tanya—covering everything from ingredients to techniques to tools, plus more than 400 delectable recipes.

Teaching has always been Lidia’s passion, and in this magnificent book she gives us the full benefit of that passion and of her deep, comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create delicious Italian meals. With this book, readers will learn all the techniques needed to master Italian cooking. Lidia introduces us to the full range of standard ingredients—meats and fish, vegetables and fruits, grains, spices and condiments—and how to buy, store, clean, and cook with them. The 400 recipes run the full gamut from classics like risotto alla milanese and Tagliatelle with Mushroom Sauce to Lidia’s always-satisfying originals like Bread and Prune Gnocchi and Beet Ravioli in Poppy Seed Sauce. She gives us a comprehensive guide to the tools every kitchen should have to produce the best results. And she has even included a glossary of cuisine-related words and phrases that will prove indispensable for cooking, as well as for traveling and dining in Italy. There is no other book like this; it is the one book on Italian cuisine that every cook will need.

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Jamie Oliver
October 25, 2006
Best Italian Cookbooks: Jamie's Italy

Bestselling author Jamie Oliver finally devotes an entire book to America's favorite cuisine--Italian!

Italy and its wonderful flavors have always had a major influence on Jamie Oliver's food and cooking. In Jamie's Italy, he travels this famously gastronomic country paying homage to the classic dishes of each region and searching for new ideas to bring home. The result is a sensational collection of Italian recipes, old and new, that will ensure that Italy's influence reaches us all.

Italy has inspired Jamie Oliver throughout his career. His ambition has always been to travel across the country on a quest to capture the very essence of Italian cooking--and to produce the best and simplest Italian cookbook for everybody anywhere to enjoy.

Jamie's Italy is the result of that journey--and it's a land of plenty. As well as providing more than 120 brand-new recipes for everything from risotto to roasts and spaghetti to stews, structured as traditional trattoria menus, Jamie takes you all over Italy to cook with and learn from the real masters of Italian cuisine: the locals. Far from the standard "lemons and olives" version of Italian cooking, Jamie's Italy is a cookbook by the people for the people. From Sicily to Tuscany, it's about the local fishermen, family bakers, and, of course, the "Mamas," sharing their recipes and the tips that have gone into their cooking for generations. But it's not only mouthwatering food that Jamie brings back home: it's also the spirit that makes cooking and eating absolutely central to family life, whichever part of Italy you're in.

Bursting with the warmth and hospitality of real family life, this is both a superbly accessible cookbook and a unique travelogue and diary, in which you'll find the authentic flavor of Italy and the people who live there. If you love quality food prepared with genuine passion--you'll never want to leave Jamie's Italy.

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Giada De Laurentiis
2005
Everyday Italian 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes by Giada De Laurentiis

125 Simple and Delicious Recipes by Giada De Laurentiis

In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is. 

Everyday Italian is true to its title: the fresh, simple recipes are incredibly quick and accessible, and also utterly mouth-watering—perfect for everyday cooking. And the book is focused on the real-life considerations of what you actually have in your refrigerator and pantry (no mail-order ingredients here) and what you’re in the mood for—whether a simply sauced pasta or a hearty family-friendly roast, these great recipes cover every contingency. So, for example, you’ll find dishes that you can make solely from pantry ingredients, or those that transform lowly leftovers into exquisite entrées (including brilliant ideas for leftover pasta), and those that satisfy your yearning to have something sweet baking in the oven. There are 7 ways to make red sauce more interesting, 6 different preparations of the classic cutlet, 5 perfect pestos, 4 creative uses for prosciutto, 3 variations on basic polenta, 2 great steaks, and 1 sublime chocolate tiramisù—plus 100 other recipes that turn everyday ingredients into speedy but special dinners.

What’s more, Everyday Italian is organized according to what type of food you want tonight—whether a soul-warming stew for Sunday supper, a quick sauté for a weeknight, or a baked pasta for potluck. These categories will help you figure out what to cook in an instant, with such choices as fresh-from-the-pantry appetizers, sauceless pastas, everyday roasts, and stuffed vegetables—whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find a simple, delicious recipe for it here. That’s the beauty of Italian home cooking, and that’s what Giada De Laurentiis offers here—the essential recipes to make a great Italian dinner. Tonight.

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Marc Vetri
August 28, 2018
Mastering Pizza: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone

The Art and Practice of Handmade Pizza, Focaccia, and Calzone

A revolutionary guide to making delicious pizza at home, offering a variety of base doughs so that your pizza will turn out perfect no matter what kind of oven or equipment you have.

Pizza remains America's favorite food, but one that many people hesitate to make at home. In Mastering Pizza, award-winning chef Marc Vetri tackles the topic with his trademark precision, making perfect pizza available to anyone. The recipes—gleaned from years spent researching recipes in Italy and perfecting them in America—have a variety of base doughs of different hydration levels, which allow home cooks to achieve the same results with a regular kitchen oven as they would with a professional pizza oven. The book covers popular standards like Margherita and Carbonara while also featuring unexpected toppings such as mussels and truffles—and even a dessert pizza made with Nutella. With transporting imagery from Italy and hardworking step-by-step photos to demystify the process, Mastering Pizza will help you make pizza as delicious as you find in Italy.

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Sal Scognamillo
March 24, 2015
Patsy's Italian Family Cookbook

Patsy's Restaurant, so famous for its classic Neapolitan Italian food that Frank Sinatra used to fly his favorite dishes from its kitchen to his gigs, has had three chefs since it was founded in 1944: Patsy, his son Joe, and his grandson Sal Scognamillo. The three passed down family recipes, invented great new twists on beloved classics, and emphasized giving their diners-many of them celebrities-exactly what they wanted to eat.

Patsy's Italian Family Cookbook features recipes we really want to eat-and can easily make at home, including:

- Meatballs!
- Pasta with Lentils
- Penne alla Vodka with Shrimp
- Pork Scaloppine alla Vodka
- Chicken Pizzaola
- Chicken Liver Cacciatore
- Bass Puttanesca
- Stuffed Veal Chop
- Patsy's Famous Onion Relish
- Stuffed Zeppole
- Tiramisu
- Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

A big, warm, beautiful Italian cookbook with full color throughout, Patsy's Italian Family Cookbook is a great book for those who know the restaurant, and the nationally distributed sauce and pasta line, but also for those who love classic Italian.

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Tony Gemignani
October 28, 2014
The Pizza Bible: The World's Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more

The World's Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more

A comprehensive guide to making pizza, covering nine different regional styles--including Neapolitan, Roman, Chicago, and Californian--from 12-time world Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani.
 

Everyone loves pizza! From fluffy Sicilian pan pizza to classic Neapolitan margherita with authentic charred edges, and from Chicago deep-dish to cracker-thin, the pizza spectrum is wide and wonderful, with something to suit every mood and occasion. And with so many fabulous types of pie, why commit to just one style? The Pizza Bible is a complete master class in making delicious, perfect, pizzeria-style pizza at home, with more than seventy-five recipes covering every style you know and love, as well as those you’ve yet to fall in love with. Pizzaiolo and eleven-time world pizza champion Tony Gemignani shares all his insider secrets for making amazing pizza inhome kitchens. 

With The Pizza Bible, you’ll learn the ins and outs of starters, making dough, assembly, toppings, and baking, how to rig your home oven to make pizza like the pros, and all the tips and tricks that elevate home pizza-making into a craft.

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Ken Forkish
April 19, 2016
Best Pizza Cookbook: The Elements of Pizza: Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home

Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home

In this highly anticipated cookbook, Ken Forkish—owner of the beloved restaurant Ken’s Artisan Pizza in Portland, Oregon; the James Beard and IACP Award-winning author of Flour Water Salt Yeast; and one of the most trusted baking authorities in the country—proves that amazing pizza is within reach of any home cook. 

The Elements of Pizza breaks down each step of the pizza-making process, from choosing a dough to shaping your pie to selecting cheeses and toppings that will work for your home kitchen setup. Forkish offers more than a dozen different dough recipes—same-day “Saturday doughs” that you can make in the morning to bake pizza that night, levain doughs made from a naturally fermented yeast starter, and even gluten-free dough—each of which results in the best, most texturally sublime crust you’ve ever made at home. 

His clear, expert instructions will have you shaping pies and loading a pizza peel with the confidence of a professional pizzaiolo. And his innovative, seasonal topping ideas will surprise and delight any pizza lover—and inspire you to create your own signature pies, just the way you like them.

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Marc Vetri
March 17, 2015
Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto

The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto

Award-winning chef Marc Vetri wanted to write his first book about pasta. Instead, he wrote two other acclaimed cookbooks and continued researching pasta for ten more years. Now, the respected master of Italian cuisine finally shares his vast knowledge of pasta, gnocchi, and risotto in this inspiring, informative primer featuring expert tips and techniques, and more than 100 recipes.

Vetri’s personal stories of travel and culinary discovery in Italy appear alongside his easy-to-follow, detailed explanations of how to make and enjoy fresh handmade pasta. Whether you’re a home cook or a professional, you’ll learn how to make more than thirty different types of pasta dough, from versatile egg yolk dough, to extruded semolina dough, to a variety of flavored pastas—and form them into shapes both familiar and unique. In dishes ranging from classic to innovative, Vetri shares his coveted recipes for stuffed pastas, baked pastas, and pasta sauces. He also shows you how to make light-as-air gnocchi and the perfect dish of risotto. 

Loaded with useful information, including the best way to cook and sauce pasta, suggestions for substituting pasta shapes, and advance preparation and storage notes, Mastering Pasta offers you all of the wisdom of a pro. For cooks who want to take their knowledge to the next level, Vetri delves deep into the science of various types of flour to explain pasta’s uniquely satisfying texture and how to craft the very best pasta by hand or with a machine. Mastering Pasta is the definitive work on the subject and the only book you will ever need to serve outstanding pasta dishes in your own kitchen.

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Gabriele Corcos
October 3, 2017
Super Tuscan: Heritage Recipes and Simple Pleasures from Our Kitchen to Your Table

Heritage Recipes and Simple Pleasures from Our Kitchen to Your Table

From the celebrity/chef husband-wife team and authors of the bestselling Extra Virgin comes a brand-new cookbook with over 100 delicious recipes that incorporate Tuscan flair with classic American dishes.

With five seasons of their Cooking Channel show, Extra Virgin, still repeating regularly and their neighborhood Brooklyn Italian café-slash-supper-club, The Tuscan Gun, thriving in its second year, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos have invited us again into their kitchen to share delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy.

Good Italian cooking is family cooking. From potato gnocchi with a buttery red sauce just like how Gabriele’s grandmother used to make it, to the Tuscan fried chicken marinated in classic Italian flavors to put a whole new spin on a traditional American recipe, Super Tuscan showcases the best of both cultures, and introduces unique recipes that can only come from a multicultural kitchen.

Along with over 100 tasty recipes, Debi and Gabriele share entertaining anecdotes, useful tips, and day-to-day life in their household with over 125 stunning photographs. Super Tuscan will inspire you to make cooking a daily experience in your family life and live la dolce vita wherever you are.

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Russell Norman
October 30, 2012
Best Italian Cookbooks: POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

Tucked away in London's edgy Soho district, Polpo is one of the most irrepressibly buzzing restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up small dishes-think tapas-from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this kind of cooking is unfussy, innovative, and exuberantly delicious. The 120 recipes in this book range from salads and snacks to small main courses, drinks, and desserts, including asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter; warm duck salad with beets and walnuts; crispy baby pizzas with zucchini, mint and chilli; scallops with lemon and peppermint; soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel; fizzy bellinis and glasses of bright orange spritz; panacotta with poached rhubarb; and warm autumn fruits with amaretto cream.

The recipes are accompanied by luminescent photography within a dazzling design, including a distinctive stripped-away spine to reveal colorful Japanese stitching--a feature that also allows the book to lie open flat on a chef's workstation. Polpo captures the unfrequented corners, bustling bacari, and sublime waterways of Venice as they've never been seen before.

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Chloe Coscarelli
September 23, 2014
Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics

150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics

Popular vegan chef and winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars Chloe Coscarelli digs into her Italian roots to create more than 150 recipes inspired by the most popular cuisine in the world.

If you think a healthy vegan diet means giving up pasta in creamy sauce, cheesy pizza, and luscious tiramisu, think again! Following her hit cookbooks Chloe’s Kitchen and Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, Chef Chloe goes to her family’s homeland to veganize its time-honored delicacies—and add some distinctively delicious twists.

Sumptuous mains like Butternut Ravioli with Brown Sugar and Crispy Sage and Red Wine Seitan on Ciabatta let you show off your kitchen skills, and her inventive pizza creations include Crumbled “Sausage” and “Mozzarella” Pizza as well as Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Apple Pizza. And vegans can once again enjoy comfort favorites with Chloe’s Potato Gnocchi, Lasagna Bolognese, and Eggplant Parmesan. Known for her surprising twists on favorite desserts, Chloe’s got your classics covered with Chocolate-Dipped Almond Biscotti and Italian Wedding Cake, and she turns up the dial with new delights like Mint Chip Gelato Sandwiches, Banana Coffee Cupcakes, and Pomegranate Mint Italian Soda—sure to win over omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike. Chloe also includes directions for making her recipes allergy- and gluten-free so that you can feast on all your favorite foods, no matter your diet.

With fresh vegan takes on classic Italian cuisine illustrated by gorgeous full-color photographs throughout, and her bright and lively personality on every page, Chloe takes you on a delectable trip to Italy—one you’ll want to go on again and again! Buon appetito!

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Francesca Montillo
January 29, 2019
The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook: 101 Regional Classics Made Simple

101 Regional Classics Made Simple

Savor delizioso dishes with The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook.

Real Italian cuisine is all about simplicity. Using just a few fresh and simple ingredients, The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook brings you the authentic taste of Italy with recipes that prove less is always more.

From Chicken Marsala to Pasta Carbonara to Tiramisu, this cookbook features regional classics that you can whip up any time. With recipes that require no more than 5-ingredients each―most of which are ready to eat in 30-minutes or less―this Italian cookbook makes every meal a celebration of taste and tradition.

The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook includes:

  • Cooking essentials that outlines the fundamentals of authentic Italian cuisine, including pantry essentials, equipment, and core techniques.
  • 101 simple recipes for appetizers, risotto, pasta, sauces, pizza, bread, meat, chicken, seafood, and dessert!
  • A taste tour that explains the culinary preferences of each region and the geographic origins of each recipe.

Traditional Italian recipes don’t need a laundry list of miscellaneous ingredients; Taste every flavor of everyday recipes with The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook.

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Valerie Bertinelli
October 16, 2012
One Dish at a Time: Delicious Recipes and Stories from My Italian-American Childhood and Beyond

Delicious Recipes and Stories from My Italian-American Childhood and Beyond

More than 100 recipes for the Italian dishes of the much-beloved celeb's childhood, presented with tips and hints for enjoying them without overindulging.

As a member of a large, food-loving Italian family, Valerie Bertinelli has always equated food with good times and togetherness. But at one point her love of food threatened not only her health, but her livelihood as an actress, when personal demons drove her to overeat and make poor food choices that caused her weight to balloon by 50 pounds. Now happily svelte, remarried, and riding a new career high, Valerie has made peace with food, giving it a central—yet considered—place in her home and family celebrations. 

One Dish at a Time offers an intimate look into the beloved actress's kitchen, where she prepares a collection of treasured recipes from her Italian heritage. Along the way, she shares her insights into the portion control and mindful indulgence she has come to practice on her journey to enjoying the pleasures of the table again. 

Filled with gorgeous photos including the actress in her kitchen, nutrition information accompanying each recipe, and Valerie's tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, One Dish at a Time is designed to please baby boomer fans and home cooks alike.

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Rosetta Costantino
November 8, 2010
Italian Cookbooks: My Calabria: Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South

Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's Undiscovered South

Recipes for easily accessible, fresh-from-the-garden Italian food from a Calabrian native and "bountiful good cook" (The Atlantic).

At the tip of Italy's "boot" lies Calabria. It is a beautiful, mountainous region populated by fishermen and small farmers. Rosetta Costantino grew up in this rugged landscape―her father a shepherd and wine maker and her mother his tireless assistant.

When her family immigrated to California, they re-created a little Calabria on their property, cooking with eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers from their garden, fresh ricotta made from scratch, and pasta fashioned by hand. A frugal people, Calabrians are master preservers, transforming fresh figs into jam, canning fresh tuna in oil, and sun-drying peppers for the winter. Now Rosetta shares her family's story and introduces readers to the fiery simplicity of Calabrian food. The first cookbook of a little-known region of Italy, My Calabria celebrates the richness of the region's landscape and the allure of its cuisine. This is a cookbook for our time: a reminder of how ingenious and resourceful cooks can create a gorgeous local cuisine. 100 color photographs

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Rossella Rago
November 6, 2018
Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays: 130 Classic Holiday Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

130 Classic Holiday Recipes from Italian Grandmothers

They’re back! Rossella Rago and her adorable Nonna Romana have returned with Cooking with Nonna: The Holiday Cookbook, a traditional cookbook no Italian kitchen should be without. This Italian cookbook is a culinary treasury, jam-packed with over 125 classic holiday recipes for Italian-food lovers, including classic holiday recipes like StruffoliChristmas FishManicottiCannelloniCannoli Cheesecake, and more.

With advice from nonnas all over the country, this unique book covers holiday classics from every region of Italy, from Milan to Sicily, and includes holiday memories from the nonnas themselves. The nonnas also give their personal tips on cooking for a crowd (and it's always a crowd). And, of course, no new Cooking with Nonna cookbook would be complete without Rossella's signature dishes and unique voice

Rosella and her nonnas will have you enjoying Italian culinary delights around the year. In addition to the major holidays of Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, you will find recipes for New Year’s Eve and Day, the Epiphany, Little Easter, St. Joseph’s Day, Carnevale, All Souls Day, Valentine’s Day, Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Saint Rocco's Feast. To complete you year-round Italian tasting tour, recipes for weddings and other celebrations are included.

Nothing brings family together like delicious food around the holidays, and Cooking with Nonna: The Holiday Cookbook has everything you need to keep your family full and happy every holiday of the year. Bring the dishes and the memories you grew up with to a whole new generation of Italian Americans!

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Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
October 16, 2012
Lidia's Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees

100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees

One of the most beloved chefs and authors in America presents her most accessible and affordable cookbook to date, a gathering of more than 100 Italian recipes that have become Lidia's go-to meals for her very own family—the best, the most comforting, and the most delicious dishes in her repertoire.

In Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, you’ll find a fresh take on more than 100 of Lidia’s signature and irresistibly reliable dishes, including:

·         Fried Mozzarella Skewers—Spiedini alla Romana
·         Escarole and White Bean Soup—Zuppa di Scarola e Cannellini
·         Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage—Ziti con Broccoli Rabe e Salsicce
·         Baked Stuffed Shells—Conchiglie Ripiene al Forno
·         Eggplant Parmigiana—Melanzane alla Parmigiana
·         Savory Seafood Stew—Zuppa di Pesce   
·         Chicken Cacciatore—Pollo alla Cacciatore         
·         Veal Ossobuco with Barley Risotto—Ossobuco di Vitello con Risotto d’Orzo
·         Cannoli Napoleon—Cannolo a Strati       
·         Limoncello Tiramisù—Tiramisù al Limoncello

From the classic sauces to the delicious desserts, these recipes have been revised and updated to be more concise and clear, but just as soul-satisfying as ever. With new information about the affordability, seasonality, and nutritional value of the ingredients, this book shows there is no question why these dishes are the easiest and most enjoyable to bring to the family table for your most memorable moments. Beautifully illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes will give both new cooks and longtime fans something extraordinary to celebrate. 

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Jamie Oliver
August 9, 2018
Best Cookbooks 2018: Jamie Cooks Italy

Jamie returns to cooking the food he loves the most, getting right to heart of the Italian kitchen in his ultimate go-to Italian cookbook. He shows you that truly authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and achievable.

'An irresistible collection of classic Italian recipes, trusty old favourites like carbonara and ragu sitting alongside more inventive dishes including baked tiella rice with mussels or turbot al forno. An essential purchase for any fan of Italian cuisineDaily Express

Jamie's Channel 4 series Jamie Cooks Italy is on every Monday at 8:30pm . . . find all of the recipes and more inside. 
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This wonderful, best-ever collection of recipes, deliver on big flavours and comfort; a celebration of truly great Italian food you'll want to cook for yourself, your friends and your family. From this week's episode . . .

· SEMOLINA TEARDROP DUMPLINGS that you can treat just like pasta with NONNA MERCEDES' FONDUTA, a creamy fontina cheese sauce.

· SEMOLINA TEARDROP DUMPLINGS with ROASTED RED ONION AND BACON with fresh sprigs of rosemary and Parmesan cheese.

· PANISSA RICE, a hearty, autumn dish with tomatoes and red wine, smoked pancetta, salami and borlotti beans.

· SAUSAGE AND RED WINE RISOTTO. This ruby red risotto is both comforting and luxurious flavoured with Barolo wine for a lovely pink hue.

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Featuring 140 recipes in Jamie's fuss-free and easy-to-follow style, the book has chapters on Antipasti, Salads, Soups, Pasta, Rice & Dumplings, Meat, Fish, Sides, Bread & Pastry, Dessert and all of the Italian basics you'll ever need to know.

Jamie fell in love with Italian food 25 years ago. Now he's sharing his ultimate recipes, a mixture of fast and slow cooking, famous classics with a Jamie twist, simple everyday dishes and more indulgent labour-of-love choices for weekends and parties. VIVA L'ITALIA!

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Rich Roll & Julie Piatt
April 24, 2018
The Plantpower Way: Italia: Delicious Vegan Recipes from the Italian Countryside

Delicious Vegan Recipes from the Italian Countryside

A plant-fueled lifestyle guide to la bella vita, complete with 125 vegan Italian recipes the whole family will love, from the authors of The Plantpower Way.

Julie Piatt and Rich Roll have inspired countless people to embrace a plant-fueled lifestyle, and through their advocacy efforts, podcasts, and talks, thousands of people are now living healthier and more vibrant lives. Now, with their new cookbook, they're doing it again but with added Italian flair. If you think a healthy vegan lifestyle means giving up your favorite creamy pastas and cheesy pizzas, then think again. In The Plantpower Way: Italia, they pay homage to Italy's rich food history with an inspiring collection of 125 entirely plant-based recipes for the country's most popular and time-honored dishes. Julie is known for her creativity and resourcefulness in the kitchen, and her recipes will show just how rich and luscious Italian cuisine can be, without a drop of dairy in sight! Filled with fresh vegan takes on Italian staples, inventive new recipes, and stunning photographs of the Italian countryside, The Plantpower Way: Italia is a celebration of Italy's most delicious flavors and will show everyone a fresh, beautiful, and healthful side to Italian cooking.

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Ruth Rogers & Sian Wyn Owen
April 10, 2018
River Cafe London: Thirty Years of Recipes and the Story of a Much-Loved Restaurant

Thirty Years of Recipes and the Story of a Much-Loved Restaurant

A stunning Italian cookbook collecting 120 recipes from the legendary restaurant that sets “the benchmark for Italian food outside of Italy" (Eater).

At the River Cafe in London, Ruth Rogers and her co-founder, Rose Gray, helped to shape the way we eat, trained a new generation of chefs, and, with their best-selling cookbooks, transformed the way we prepare Italian food at home.

Now, with River Cafe London, Ruth and her restaurant’s head chefs, Joseph Trivelli and Sian Wyn Owen, invite you to join them in marking thirty years of memories and good food—the simple, high-quality Italian cooking that River Cafe has been providing since 1987. 

Here are 120 recipes for incomparable antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni, and dolci—both revised and updated favorites from Ruth and Rose’s first cookbook, as well as thirty new classics from their menus today: Ravioli with Ricotta, Raw Tomato, and Basil; Spaghetti with Lemon; Risotto Nero with Swiss Chard; Pork Braised with Vinegar; and, of course, their famous Chocolate Nemesis cake.

River Cafe London also incorporates Ruth’s memories of the restaurant’s storied history and of its founding: unseen archive images; careful cooking tips and hand-drawn illustrations; new photography by Jean Pigozzi and Matthew Donaldson; and bespoke menu designs from the restaurant’s many artist friends.

This beautiful cookbook encapsulates the essence of the restaurant and its food—and is a must-have for all food lovers to cook from time and again.

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Eataly
October 24, 2016
Italian Cookbooks: Eataly: Contemporary Italian Cooking

The best modern Italian recipes from the largest and most prestigious Italian marketplace in the world

This beautiful cookbook, created in collaboration with Eataly, one of the greatest Italian food brands, features 300 landmark recipes highlighting the best of contemporary Italian home cooking. Excellent, fail-safe recipes and new ideas are presented in a sophisticated package, making this a must-have book for everyone wanting to learn about how Italians cook today.

Gone are heavy pasta dishes and over-rich sauces - Eataly takes a modern approach to Italian cooking and eating. With recipes that are fresh and delicious, clear instructions, helpful tips, and a visual produce guide, this book will allow you to eat like Italians do today.

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