TASTES FROM A TUSCAN KITCHEN
by Madeline Armillotta & Diane Nocentini
Tuscany evokes visions of sunflower fields, clear blue skies, and delicious aromas floating through the warm breeze—central Italy at its most beautiful. The Tuscan cuisine is filled with nature’s treasures. Fragrant olive oil, fresh herbs, fresh fish and vegetables, and warm creamy cheeses abound. Over the years, the authors have collected many recipes from friends and relatives living in the Tuscan region and throughout Italy; here, they present over 150 of the best.
In Tastes from a Tuscan Kitchen, you will find a wide variety of recipes, ranging from such staples as Pasta e Lenticchie (Pasta and Lentils), Cacciucco (Fish Soup), L’Impasto (two perfect pizza doughs), to Castoletti di Maiale con Salvia e Chianti (Pork Chops with Sage and Chianti), Scaloppine al Limone (Veal Scallops with Lemon Sauce) and Polpette di Macinato (Tuscan Meatballs). Delicate crêpes are stuffed with a variety of savory fillings and covered with the perfect topping—a creamy, rich Béchamel Sauce. Then there are the sweet crêpes and charmingly named Bongo (Chocolate Profiteroles) that easily melt in your mouth. Tuscan sauces, crostini toppings fragrant with herbs, creamy risottos, even delightful ways to use leftovers—try Polpette di Patate (Italian Potato Cakes)—will have you turning again and again to this charming compilation of recipes. And the suggestions for Tuscan wines will keep your mouth watering for more.
Author Diane (Jones) Nocentini was born in Calgary, Alberta, and grew up in the Garden City of Victoria, B.C. She met her husband while traveling in Europe, and they now live in Pietrapiana, Tuscany, with their two children. Diane currently teaches English, and is working on her next project: Family Recipes, The Best of Italian Regional Cooking.
Madeline (Ashworth) Armillotta was born and raised in Devon, England. She studied art, design, and art history. Her love of art drew her back to Florence, and she now lives in Incisa with her husband and daughter. She presently works as an interpreter for a company based near Florence, and travels abroad regularly.
ISBN10: 0781811473 / ISBN13: 9780781811477
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