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The Cooking of Emilia-Romagna: Culinary Treasures of Northern Italy


by Giovanna Bellia La Marca

The Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy is home to several of the world’s most renowned gastronomic cities—the capital, Bologna, has given its name to the famed Bolognese sauce; from Parma comes proscuitto, the best-known pork product of Italy; Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese has been made in Parma and Reggio-Emilia for over 700 years; and Modena has been producing unrivaled balsamic vinegar for centuries. This culinary heartland is also well-known for its delicate homemade pastas.

Chef-instructor and author Giovanna Bellia La Marca guides readers through the wealth of local delights in Emilia-Romagna. From antipasti as simple as melon with prosciutto to lesser-known specialties like chestnut fritters, the recipes take the home chef on a journey across the region. The next stop is homemade tagliatelle noodles and a rich, hearty Bolognese Ragú. To end on a sweet note, try a unique dessert like Torta Ferrarese, a confection made with fresh egg noodles layered with almonds, sugar, and butter that hails from the town of Ferrara.

A section on cooking techniques teaches you the correct way to peel chestnuts, clean leeks, soak dried beans, and much more. also included are guides to the wines of the region and Italian ingredients, a resource section with specialty retailers, and a bibliography.


  • 144 easy-to-follow recipes, all adapted for the North American kitchen
  • A section on cooking techniques
  • Glossary of Italian ingredients and list of specialty sources

Author Giovanna Bellia La Marca was born in Italy and came to live in the United States at age ten. Retired after a twenty-year career as an art and Italian teacher, she now teaches cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and leads culinary tours of Arthur avenue in the Bronx. She also devotes herself to writing, cooking, entertaining, and traveling with her family. She resides in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Hardcover / New Release
ISBN10: 0781812569 / ISBN13: 9780781812566
Pages: 208 Width: 6.00 inches.
Publication Date: 4/2011 Height: 9.00 inches.
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