This book offers over 100 recipes that are inspired by classic Italian favorites, but are lighter, fresher, simpler, and perfect for today's busy home cook.
This engaging, accessible everyday Italian cookbook features 100 simple recipes highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients. The recipes are divided into six chapters, which are organized by course. Author Domenica Marchetti's lively voice shines through in the evocative text, which grounds us in place and season. The food is rustic, loose and not perfectly composed, and the recipes use familiar ingredients but are also modern, offering a subtle element of surprise through interesting flavor pairings and the use of a wide range of produce and Italian pantry stapes. There is a festive vibe to the recipes and text this is food to share in a casual setting with family and friends. Wine pairings are offered for every recipe, adding to the convivial feeling of the book.
Bring the bold and beloved flavors of Italy into your kitchen with this enticing collection of authentic dishes made modern. In these pages, author Domenica Marchetti shares her rich Italian heritage with an abundant array of simply prepared foods that embrace the seasons and celebrate traditional ingredients and techniques.
The more than 100 recipes are organized by course, from antipasti such as crostini with tasty toppings and saffron-infused rice croquettes to dolci like pistachio gelato and plum-almond cake. In zuppe e insalate, discover soups and salads to match every occasion, such as hearty wild rice soup with porcini and escarole, a tomato-based Livorno-style fish stew, a simple salad of beets with blood oranges and fennel, and green beans tossed with ricotta salata and lemon. You'll also find dishes like spaghetti with summer squash and crispy speck, risotto with Prosecco and radicchio, and Roman-style pizza with spinach and olives. In pesce e carne, look for such favorites as Tuscan-style steak with crispy potatoes and roasted branzino with herbed farro. And, as in Italy, the vegetables here shine with little adornment in contorni like wine-braised broccoli rabe, spicy sauteed kale and chickpeas, and oven-roasted endive.
Wine-pairing suggestions and guides to Italian cheeses, salumi, and pantry staples round out this fresh take on home-cooked Italian fare.
"This collection reflects how I cook at home. My favorite dishes to make for family and friends are uncomplicated ones, recipes that honor ingredients and the seasons, with a nod to my Italian heritage."
Pickled Cauliflower with Chile Bread Crumbs
Burrata with Roasted Peppers and Coppa
Crostini with Spicy Broccoli Rabe and Pecorino
Meatballs In Swiss Chard–Tomato Sauce
Cambozola-Stuffed Dates Wrapped In Prosciutto
Zuppe e Insalate
Carrot and Winter Squash Soup with Pancetta
Wild Rice Soup with Porcini and Escarole
Tuscan Bread Salad with Caper Dressing
Citrusy Shrimp and Calamari Salad
Arugula with Figs, Honey, and Sovrano Cheese
Pasta, Risotto, e Pizza
Bucatini with Caramelized Onions
Cavatelli with Zucchini Blossoms
Fettuccine with Pistachio Pesto
Baked Penne with Eggplant and Smoked Scamorza
Prosecco Risotto with Radicchio
Roman-Style Pizza with Spinach and Olives
Individual Grilled Pizzas
Pesce e Carne
Clams with White Wine, Tomatoes, and Sausage
Roasted Branzino with Herbed Farro
Tuna-Stuffed Grilled Sardines
Butterflied Chicken Roasted with Lemons
Pork Rib Ragu with Polenta
Tuscan-Style Steak with Crispy Potatoes
Roasted Delicata Squash with Sage
Asparagus and Asiago Gratin
Balsamic-Braised Cippolini Onions
Spicy Sauteed Chickpeas with Kale
Roasted Potato and Mushroom Strata
Melon Granita with Basil
Pistachio Gelato with Shaved Chocolate
Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Roasted Rhubarb
Shortbread Wedges with Rosemary
Grilled Nectarines with Pecorino
Domenica Marchetti is a food writer, recipe developer, and cooking instructor who specializes in contemporary Italian home cooking. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, and other publications. She is the author of Big Night In and The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy. She lives with her family in Alexandria, Virginia and can be reached through her website, www.domenicacooks.com.
Maren Caruso has photographed over 80 cookbooks, including many for Williams-Sonoma: Cheese, Cooking from the Farmers’ Market, and several titles in the Collection series. She photographed Chocolate Obsession, which won an IACP award for best food photography. Her work has also appeared in Saveur, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine magazines.