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Thursday, October 31, 2013


THE GLORIOUS VEGETABLES OF ITALY (Chronicle Books, 2013; distr.
Raincoast, 272 pages, ISBN 978-1-4521-0886-5, $30 US hard covers) is by
Domenica Marchetti, author of three other Italian cookbooks. It comes
with log rolling by Frances Meyes and Tracey Ryder (co-founder of
Edible Communities), and with glorious photos from Sang An. There is an
opening chapter which describes and photographs the veggies and their
seasons: artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beans, cardoons, chicory,
eggplant, fennel and more – almost 50 if you include the herbs. Behind
all these are about 100 Italian recipes, including some preserves and
condiments. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric
and avoirdupois measurements, but there is no table of equivalents.
Audience and level of use: Italian food lovers.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: crepe cannelloni with
mushroom and zucchini, penne rigate with blistered green peppers,
spring risotto, grilled lamb spiedino on caponata, pumpkin gelato.
The downside to this book: it is not a vegetarian book since there are
meat dishes, but these are mostly mains.
The upside to this book: good photography.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.

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