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Itlalian cookbook for beginners

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So I'm looking for an italian NJ/Philly style cookbook for beginners. By beginner i mean I need recipes for sauces like "sunday gravy" as my husband calls it. By NJ/Philly style I mean "manigut", Ragut pie", "Steak piazzaola", chicken cacciatori, broccoli rabe in olive oil and garlic. I have marcella's essentials (which is great) but they don't have that NJ/Philly flare. Please help :)

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  1. Check out the Sopranos Family Cookbook... I've heard good things about it.

    1. I've see a book called "The Arthur Avenue Cookbook" that has recipes, mostly southern Italian, from Little Italy in the Bronx. Those recipes are very similar to south Philly Italian cooking. Check it out from your local library if you think you might be interested. Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Arthur-Avenue-C...

      1. You might enjoy Nancy Verde Barr's WE CALLED IT MACARONI, recipes and stories about Italian-American cooking as the author experienced it in the Italian neighborhood of Providence, RI.

        http://www.amazon.com/We-Called-Macar...

        1. Two cookbooks with Philadelphia roots are the Philadelphia Italian Market cookbook and Ralph's 100 Years 100 Recipes cookbook which definitley has a recipe for gravy...

          Each are available on Amazon, though I am not sure they are actually still in print.

          1. Thank you so much for the feedback!!!