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Authentic Italian

I just returned from a week and a half in Florence and am already craving real italian food, not the oversauced american versions. In particular, ribolleta and a good ragu or any other recipes you would like to share! Or if you know of a great website or book I should check out point me there too.

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  1. I recently picked up a used copy of Marcella Hazan's More Classic Italian Cooking. Haven't made anything from it yet, but she seems to put the emphasis on authenticity, with modifications where necessary to adjust for the availability of certain ingredients in North America. She's written numerous books you may want to check out as well. There are a bunch of her recipes available online here:



    1. There are a number of threads on Marcella Hazan's wonderful ragu, as well as a number of threads from when her book, Essentials of Italian Cooking was the 'Cookbook of the Month':


      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/331828 - about the ragu

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/325712 - COTM Essentials of Italian Cooking master thread.

      1. I've made a really good ribollita using the recipe from "Lidia's Italian American Kitchen."

        1. Two books I highly recommend are "Eat Right - Eat Well the Italian Way" and "Italian Family Cooking" both by Edward Giobbi. Not only is Mr. Giobbi is a James Beard award winner and a culinary professional, he is also a well respected fine artist. His books are full of the recipes Italian families live for and have been cooking for generations.

          1. I always turn to Biba's books for Italian recipes.

            1. The Pasta Bible has the BEST recipe for bolognese sauce. Ever. Same sauce I had in Tuscany :)

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              1. re: jenwee

                Which Pasta Bible? There are at least two.


              2. Italian family loves Marcella's, Mario's (most) and Lidia's recipes. Most authentic.

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                1. re: itryalot

                  Thanks! I knew I could count on this board for some good recs. I will check them out. Keep them coming.

                2. Check out Lynne Rosetto Kaspar's "The Splendid Table" and "The Italian Country Table". The first is cooking from the Emilia-Romagna region, and the second is cooking from Italian farmhouse kitchens. Both lovely books.

                  1. Nobody much mentions Giuliani Bugialli, whom I always think of as the absolute stickler for authenticity!

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                    1. re: roxlet

                      Really? My mom and grandma (Italian foodies) aren't so sure.

                      1. re: link_930

                        I love that blog. The fellow, an Italian, lives in Switzerland and has such interesting stories to tell.... never mind the recipes. Good call!!