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Mar 10, 2011 07:39 PM

"The Talisman Italian Cookbook" by Ada Boni Copyright 1950

Anyone have this book? Love it? Hate it?

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  1. This was the only Italian cookbook my mother, who was 2nd generation Italian-American, owned. It was so well-used, that when we redid the kitchen, my mother made a new cover from it out of left-over wall paper. I love Ada Boni's Regional Italian Cooking, but I must confess that I have not looked through the Talisman Italian Cookbook in years! Must do. D you have it? WHat do you make from it?

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    1. re: roxlet

      I have an original, the paper cover barely hanging on. My fave recipe if trip[e and eggs.

      1. re: Quine

        Hmmm. I don't think that's happening for me...

        1. re: roxlet

          Is OK, I know I live in the small tripe lovers world, but it IS my fave recipe. What is yours?

          1. re: Quine

            I bought a much-used copy of "Talisman" a while back, but never really explored it. Just knew it was a traditional favorite, and couldn't resist the $4 price (or the tipped-in, full-color Ronzoni ad). Now that I hear it has tripe recipes, it'll definitely get a closer look!

    2. After my grandmother passed, and we were going through her things, I took this and a pot that was hers. Although I've gone through it numerous times, I've actually never made anything from it. Well, at least specifically - I've often used it as a reference and then made up my own recipe by merging ones from there with others or by making it up myself.

      1. Eeek! I have looked everywhere for my copy of the book and I can't seem to find it!

        1. I wonder if the Ronzoni sauces etc. mentioned in the book are still the same.

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          1. re: blue room

            Hardly; I'm old enough to have grown up with both the book and the canned Ronzoni sauces--clam, mostly. My mother would never admit to using them, but she did, and even my 1st generation Italian father would just eat and be quiet. Anyway, they'd be simple, sweet, and unassertive compared to today's gallery of "robust" "natural" jarred sauces.

          2. That is my forgotten Italian Cookbook..........thanks for reminding me of it !

            Bought a copy of this book a long, long time ago (Eons ago!!) when it was offered by my local chain store, at the check-out counter.