Rustic Family Cooking from Italy's undiscovered South
by Rosetta Costantino with Janet Fletcher
In MY CALABRIA, Rosetta collects 150 heretofore-unrecorded recipes, from antipasti to dessert, inspired by her family's lush garden and the old ways of Calabrian cooks. Her recipes create delectable, healthful meals that let seasonal ingredients shine, showing how perfectly suited Calabrian cooking is to the way we eat today.
The book also includes an armchair tour of the region for travelers: a list of places to stay and eat, a resource guide for less-familiar ingredients and a section on the culture and history of Calabria. San Francisco wine authority Shelley Lindgren has provided southern Italian wine suggestions for the recipes, along with more widely available alternatives.
MY CALABRIA documents a vanishing way of life, a region whose people celebrate the homegrown and homemade, a place where recipes are not written down but passed down. With Sara Remington's beautiful color photography, MY CALABRIA will be savored and admired. A story of a place and a family, this is a must-have cookbook for every home cook in search of new recipes for uncomplicated, delicious Italian food.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT MY CALABRIA
"No one is in a better position to introduce you to the true food of Calabria than a Calabrese.
And no one has done it better than Rosetta Costantino in My Calabria. These simple recipes
will bring to your table the deliciously complex flavors and the fiery soul of Calabria. Buon Appetito."
"This rare book is not only the most authentic reflection of the cooking of rural Calabria but a matter of heart."
"My Calabria is a rich portrait of remarkable recipes, traditions, and celebrations told through family
stories and cooking secrets. Rosetta is an ideal teacher with reverence for the past."
"I love this book. It's exactly the kind of cookbook I'm always looking for, an introduction to a distinctive
kitchen that I don't know all that well and at the same time a brilliant portrait of a place and a time that has all but disappeared."
"In Rosetta Costantino, Calabrian cooking has finally found its ambassador. Her hearty and tempting recipes are flavored
with family tales of hardship and resourcefulness, spotlighting the ingenuity born of geographic isolation that gives special
character to the food of this dramatic region and provides a stimulating example for today's aspiring locavores."
"Between these covers is an alluring piece of Italy we know next to nothing about--and one that will
make you very hungry. My speculation is that years from now this book could still be a touchstone for
all of us who want to understand and eat the true food of Calabria."
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