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Best Classic Italian Cookbooks?

Silver Spoon is actually quite comprehesive in covering regional dishes. However, since it's not organized by region it can be difficult to distinguish some of the older, less well-known regional recipes unless they actually have the name of the region in the recipe (which many do).

Nov 05, 2012
carrieitly in Home Cooking

Caprese Salad

Not feeling the word "shingle" in a recipe. :)

Ditch the basil altogether and sprinkle on some dried oregano as we do in Abruzzo.

The mozzarella should be (must be!) water-packed and as milky as possible!

Aug 02, 2011
carrieitly in Recipes

AnticaPesa Roma

I'm also eager to hear opinions on AnticaPesa. Anyone?

Jan 11, 2010
carrieitly in Italy

Best Classic Italian Cookbooks?

I use Silver Spoon (Cucchiaio d'Argento) 3-5 times per week. In my opinion this is the Joy of Cooking of Italy (better even). I see it everywhere as well- homes, and in every bookstore (Italian bookstores don't usually have large cookbook sections, as recipes are generally passed down generationally here, and rarely sourced elsewhere). For those who aren't fluent in Italian the English translation is commendable (I've compared my English version to my SIL's Italian).

Italian cooking is generally simple enough that a good text will always be relevant. Perhaps there are a few more gelatin dishes than I would consider "necessary", but in a text with this many recipes, a few that seem out of date hardly detract from the whole.

My edition has lived in three different countries with me (including Italy) and if I end up on a dessert island, it'll be there as well. Big enough I might actually be able to use it as a raft even.

Jan 08, 2010
carrieitly in Home Cooking