One of the things I love most about collecting cookbooks (in addition to the fact that, if done right, there are endless opportunities for Mmm- Mmm- Mmm good food) is that you’re able to get a taste of a lot of different places in the world. Places you may never be able to physically go.
Having a wide, eclectic, and ethnic collection of cookbooks allows you to “go” to exotic and beautiful places without ever leaving home. You don’t even have to leave your kitchen!
When my daughters were younger and our homeschool was in full swing, I’d work our History and Geography studies into our meals. Whenever we studied China, for example, we’d have a lot of egg rolls, fried rice, and won tons. You can get a pretty cool handle on a particular culture by eating the foods they eat – and by using the methods they use to prepare and eat them.
I was recently sent a beautiufl book to review that we would have enjoyed immensely during studies of Italy: The Italian Table: Eating Together for Every Occasion.
James Beard Awared-winning chef Ron Suhanosky’s goal with this vividly colorful cookbook is to do the same thing for family dining as he did for pasta in his first book Pasta Sfoglia: Make a traditional Italian-style approach as accessible, appealing and delicious as possible for modern home chefs.
As a wife and mother, I most definitely applaud any effort to bring families together – especially around the dinner table. Great food is always a beautiful way to pull family members together and The Italian Table: Eating Together for Every Occasion is packed with great food.
Some of the recipes you’ll find in this beautiful cookbook:
- Green Beans in Tonnato
- Chickpea Puree (a hummus that begins with dried chickpeas)
- Shrimp Scampi
- Lemon Risotto
- Shaved Celery with Figs, Gorgonzola, Hazelnuts, and Balsamic Vinegar
- Asparagus with Fruitti Di Bosco and Brown Butter
- Pomegranate Risotto
- Creamy Polenta
- Cornmeal Crackers
- Lemon Berry Tart
- Sliced Native Tomatoes, Watermelon, Buffalo Mozzarella, and Pesto
- Grilled Sausages with Macerated Stone Fruits and Rosemary
- And many more!
About the Author:
Former chef-owner of the acclaimed Sfoglia restaurants on Nantucket and in Manhattan, Ron Suhanosky has been a guest on The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and The CBS Early Show, and has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, AOL Food, and Epicurious. His first book, Pasta Sfoglia: From Our Table to Yours, More Than 100 Fresh, Seasonal Pasta Dishes, won a James Beard Award in 2010 and was selected as one of Fall’s Best Chef Cookbooks by Bon Appetit. He has also worked at such celebrated restaurants as New York City’s River Cafe, II Buco, and most recently at Stuzzicheria in Tribeca. Ron will be opening his new Italian specialty shop, Nonna’s Table, on the Upper West Side in November 2011. He splits his time with his family in New York City and Boston.
To take a closer look at The Italian Table: Eating Together for Every Occasion, click the link. If you’ve always wanted to learn to make great, authentic Italian dishes, here’s your chance!