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Nov 19, 2011 05:24 AM

Need Italian Cookbook recommendation

I recently traveled to Italy, and had absolutely amazing food. I didn't take a cooking course while there (which I regret). Can anyone recommend a good Italian cookbook (in English) that focuses on food from Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Puglia, and Emilia-Romagna? I have no problem buying five different cookbooks if necessary!

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  1. Giuliano Bugialli's Foods of Tuscany and his Foods of Italy. Highly recommended.

    1. The recent COTM (Cookbook of the Month) we cooked from, The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, is perfect for the areas you mentioned, except for Puglia. Here's a link to the master thread that has links to our reports on what we cooked from the various chapters.

      There was an alternate book as well also by Lynne Rossetto Kasper, The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy's Farmhouse Kitchens.

      1. Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking includes recipes from all regions, more from some (e.g. Emilia Romagna) than from others (e.g. Puglia). Still unsurpassed, in my opinion, as an introduction for English-speakers to regional Italian cooking.

        1. I agree with the recommendation for Marcella Hazen's cookbooks. I also like David Rocco's cook books. Simple, every day cooking.

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          1. re: jan55612

            I can vouch for at least 1 of David Rocco's books - his latest, "Made In Italy" which I own. It's focus is mainly southern Italy and the recipes are well written, easy to complete and delicious.


          2. If you want to peruse and test a few recipes before buying, you can find many of Marcella Hazan and David Rocco recipes online, and a few from Giuliano Bugialli as well. (I've never looked for Kasper's).