Italian Cooking for Dummies

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Book review of Italian Cooking For Dummies, plus free sample Italian recipes.

As readers of Fabulous Foods may already know, I LOVE this series of books (Wine For Dummies is arguably the most useful general wine book on the market). One of the things I like most about the series is the fact that one "Dummies" book can easily take the place of four or five other tomes. Not an insignificant consideration if cookbook shelf in your kitchen is as limited as in mine. The "For Dummies" books (at least those dealing with food and wine) give a treasure trove of practical "how to" information, with just enough background to give the reader a solid knowledge of the subject that will allow them to pursue their interest with confidence and authority.

"Italian Cooking For Dummies" takes this a step further. After reading the book, you'll not only know how to flawlessly fix a first class Italian Feast, you'll also learn:

  • The Three Tenets of Italian Cooking
  • The 10 Commandments of Italian Cooking (they generously include a cheat sheet to help you remember)
  • Ten Italian Phrases to Impress Your Date
  • Ten Resources to find out more about Italy and its food
There are 16 pages of full color photos depicting the kinds of mouth watering meals that will soon be coming out of your own kitchen. The book is arranged so important information can always be found quickly and easily. Easy to spot graphical "icons" found scattered throughout the book alert readers to:
  • Special chef's tips
  • Possible problem areas in executing a particular recipe
  • Practical skills need to accomplish a given recipe and how to do them
  • How to steer clear of potentially disastrous mishaps
  • Time saving ideas
  • The geographical area of Italy where the recipe originates
A valuable addition to any cook's library, owner's of "Italian Cooking For Dummies" will Chapters in this invaluable addition to any kitchen include:
  • What is Italian Cooking
  • First Impressions (antipasti, soups and salads)
  • Grains: Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Polenta, Gnocchi, Pizza, Calzones, Focaccia
  • The Main Event: Poultry, Meat, Seafood, Vegetable Side Dishes
  • La Dolce Vita - Desserts: Tiramisu and Beyond, Coffee and After Dinner Drinks
  • Menus For Every Occasion: Everyday Meals as well as When Company Calls

Appendixes contain glossaries, substitutions, abbreviations and equivalents, as well as an index. This book would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to eat. But trust me, if you buy it for a gift, don't open the cover or you'll never be able to give it away.