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Authentic Italian

italy531 Nov 1, 2008 11:32 AM

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. kpzoo RE: italy531 Nov 1, 2008 03:27 PM

    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. MMRuth RE: italy531 Nov 1, 2008 05:41 PM

      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. CindyJ RE: italy531 Nov 1, 2008 06:19 PM

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

        1. Gio RE: italy531 Nov 1, 2008 06:55 PM

          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. chowkari RE: italy531 Nov 1, 2008 07:02 PM

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

            1. jenwee RE: italy531 Nov 1, 2008 11:33 PM

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

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                Jim Washburn RE: jenwee Nov 3, 2008 08:49 AM

                Which Pasta Bible? There are at least two.


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                itryalot RE: italy531 Nov 2, 2008 01:34 AM

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

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                  italy531 RE: itryalot Nov 2, 2008 11:21 AM

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

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                  janniecooks RE: italy531 Nov 3, 2008 03:03 AM

                  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. roxlet RE: italy531 Nov 3, 2008 03:25 AM

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

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                      itryalot RE: roxlet Nov 6, 2008 04:19 PM

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

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                      link_930 RE: italy531 Nov 3, 2008 06:02 AM

                      Also try http://fxcuisine.com/

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                        Gio RE: link_930 Nov 6, 2008 05:12 PM

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

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