Italian-American Food

Staten Italy: Nothin’ but the Best Italian-American Classics, from Our Block to Yours

by Francis Garcia & Sal Basille

Authors Fran and Sal are two regular guys from the neighborhood, cousins and best friends, whose DNA reads garlic and oil (they’re fifth generation in the food business) and whose six hugely successful restaurants, starting with the legendary Artichoke Pizza, have impressed critics, fellow chefs, and chowhounds alike. They have written a book celebrating big flavor, along with loving (and hilarious) family stories, and rooted in the great Italian-American tradition, handed down through the generations. The recipes are unfussy…simple and fast for school nights, fancier for weekends and holidays and offer readers a transporting, full-bodied take-away, rather than just a book about spaghetti and meatballs. Here you will find Eggs Pizziaola, Pork Cutlets with Hot Peppers and Vinegar, their famous Cauliflower Fritters, and many more authentic dishes served up with gusto.

The Arthur Avenue Cookbook: Recipes and Memories from the Real Little Italy

by Ann Volkwein

Arthur Avenue winds its way through the heart of the Bronx. Known to many as the “real Little Italy,” the storied neighborhood has been home to a vibrant community of Italian-Americans for over 100 years. Today, this area continues to thrive as visitors and residents stop to buy a fresh crusty loaf of bread; to enjoy a meal at Mario’s Restaurant; to dawdle for a while at Randazzo’s raw bar on a warm summer afternoon; or to hear Mike’s Deli owner Michele Greco belt out an aria from Rigoletto and spellbind his customers with tales of the Avenue’s past. Now, for the first time, the residents of Arthur Avenue invite you to experience the magic of their kitchens and share the flavors of their family tables. Passed down through generations, their delicious recipes are time-tested, tried, and true — and ready for any kitchen.

The Mafia Cookbook: Revised and Expanded

by Joseph Iannuzzi (Author)

In The Mafia Cookbook, Joe Dogs took the quintessential Mob formula — murder, betrayal, food — and turned it into a bestseller, not surprisingly, since Joe Dogs’s mixture of authentic Italian recipes and colorful Mafia anecdotes is as much fun to read as it is to cook from. Now The Mafia Cookbook is reprinted with Cooking on the Lam — adding 37 original new recipes and a thrilling account of Dogs’s recent years since he testified against the Mob in five major trials, all told in his authentic, inimitable tough-guy style.

The new recipes are simple, quick, and completely foolproof, including such classic dishes as Shrimp Scampi, Tomato Sauce (the Mob mainstay), Chicken Cordon Bleu, Veal Piccata, Marinated Asparagus Wrapped with Prosciutto, Baked Stuffed Clams, Veal Chops Milanese, Sicilian (what else?) Caponata, Gambino-style Fried Chicken, Lobster Thermidor (for when you want to celebrate that big score), and desserts rich enough to melt a loan shark’s heart. Readers can follow these recipes and learn to cook Italian anytime, anywhere, even on the lam, even in places where Italian groceries may be hard or impossible to find. Tested by Mob heavy hitters as well as FBI agents and U.S. marshals, these recipes are simple to follow, full of time saving shortcuts, and liberally seasoned with Joe Dogs’s stories of life inside — and outside — the Mob. This is the perfect cookbook for anyone who wants to make the kind of food that Tony Soprano only dreams about.

Bruculinu, America: Remembrances of Sicilian-American Brooklyn, told in Stories and Recipes

by Vincent Schiavelli

Vincent Schiavelli’s enchanting, sometimes deeply moving memoir with recipes, Bruculinu, America, is a warmly recalled distortion of Brooklyn, one of New York City’s boroughs, as it really was. As Schiavelli says, “The stories may not always contain the strict facts, but they certainly tell the truth.” Don’t be surprised if his beautiful reminiscence of the miracle (which took place before he was born!) that saved his uncle Salvatore Calogero from dying of pneumonia brings a tear to your eye. Schiavelli, a successful actor, writes scenes so vividly that you participate as he visits a strega, or witch, who exorcised him of a medical problem when he was nine years old. (After seeing a doctor, Schiavelli’s mother figured that in case the condition was caused by malocchio, the evil eye, it would be wise to cover all bases). Schiavelli’s recollections often involve his grandfather, Papa Andrea, a Sicilian master chef. The 70 or so recipes in this enchanting book come from him. The Baked Mashed Potatoes made with peas and grated cheese and fennel-flavored Pasta with Chickpeas are delicious everyday dishes. Baked Macaroni, rich with mushrooms, ground meat, and a touch of cinnamon, is for Sundays. Cucciaddatu are the buttery, log-shaped Christmas cookies filled with nuts and raisins that each Sicilian cook makes in his or her own way.

The Classico Pasta Sauce Cookbook

by Antigone Dallas

Classico is the leading premium pasta sauce in today’s marketplace. Each authentically Italian sauce is created using only the finest ingredients resulting in a delicious made-from-scratch taste. By using this sauce as a starter, you can create exciting and delicious homemade meals in only minutes. Featuring more than 100 recipes, The Classico Pasta Sauce Cookbook contains a variety of recipes which showcase Classico’s red, Alfredo and pesto sauces. These recipes are not only for pasta but for an impressive array of dishes and meals. From chicken and pork to seafood and countless vegetarian entrées, this cookbook gives you everything from appetizers to complete meals. But we have not forgotten the pasta lover and have included more than 20 pasta recipes. The combination of Classico sauces and these great recipes will ensure outstanding results every time. Classico takes great pride in the premium ingredients that go into its carefully prepared pasta sauces. The results are unique, authentically Italian sauces that allow you to experience the made-from-scratch taste you’ve come to expect from Classico.

Mangia: Soups-Salads-Sandwiches-Entrees-Baked Goods from the Renowned New York City Specialty Shop

by Ricardo Diaz (Author), Nancy Jessup (Author)

Manhattan’s Mangia restaurant provides busy yet discerning diners with delicious daytime food. The Mangia Cookbook offers readers more than 200 recipes for freshly made fare–sandwiches, unusual salads, hearty soups, and home-baked treats paramount among them. The dishes, which are easy to make and fit into a range of menu slots, work equally well with family or guests. Readers searching for a collection of relaxed yet stylish dishes drawn from diverse ethnic sources–what might be termed American light fare–should welcome the book. Beginning with “The Bakery Table,” a section devoted to Mangia’s much-admired breakfast and dessert specialties, the book then provides chapters on soups and entrees in addition to the foods mentioned above. Winners among these include Fresh Corn Soup with Smoked Chicken, Chicken Salad with Hazelnut Sauce on Ciabatta Bread, Grilled Orange-Marinated Salmon, and Apricot Almond Triangles. Included also is a chapter on sides and condiments, such as Pickled Vegetable Relish, designed to complement many of the Mangia dishes but good with a wide range of cooking. With suggestions for preparing dishes ahead and other useful tips, the book should encourage good simple cooking and superior everyday eating.

Mangia Bene!: The Italian American Family Cookbook

by Kate Devivo

Amazon Reader’s Review: “I thought that I would never make my own pizza with homemade dough and sauce, but because the pizza recipes in this cookbook seemed easy enough for the home cook, I gave one of the recipes (Grandma’s Pizza) a try. The pizza was absolutely delicious! My family enjoyed it and said they preferred it to takeout pizza. The pizza was healthy too because it needed only a light sprinkling of cheese. This book is a wonderful collection of family recipes. Perfect for the home cook who likes Italian-American food.”

Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen

by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Christopher Hirsheimer (Photographer)

“Italian-American food–what cuisine is it?” asks Lidia Matticchio Bastianich in Lidia’s Italian-American Cooking, based on her eponymous PBS TV series. The author of two previous works, La Cucina di Lidia and Lidia’s Italian Table, and co-owner of three acclaimed Manhattan restaurants, Bastianich is ideally suited to explore all Italian fare. “Americans fell in love with Italian cooking first,” she says, thus enshrining a cuisine born of immigrant adaptation. In celebration of that affection, the book offers over 150 recipes for a wide range of dishes–traditional favorites like Baked Stuffed Shells and Lobster Fra Diavolo as well as personal adaptations such as Scampi alla Buonavia and cannelloni made with roasted pork and mortadella. These easily done dishes benefit from Lidia’s subtle polishing; fans of her foolproof palate and her direct yet relaxed approach to Italian cooking will welcome the book.In chapters that reflect the courses of a traditional Italian meal, Lidia offers “new” Italian regional dishes, such as Long Fusilli with Saffron, Mussels, and Zucchini. Soups, a Lidia specialty, are enticingly represented with the likes of Potato, Swiss Chard, and Bread Soup. And of course there are splendid dolci–favorites like Ricotta Cheesecake, but also treats like San Martino Pear and Chocolate Tart. Throughout, Bastianich provides useful sidebars, such as one on scaloppine, and fully illustrated technical instruction, detailing, for example, the best way to stuff a veal chop. With color photos of the mouthwatering dishes, tips, and other cooking insights, the book is a valuable guide to an oft-debased fare finally given its due.

North End Italian Cookbook, 4th Edition

by Marguerite DiMino Buonopane

Amazon Reader’s Review: “Let me just say you will be amazed at the recipe’s that are in this book. I know I was. Remember Mom’s cooking and Grandma’s cooking? How you begged them for the recipe and how they would never give the recipes or omit some of the ingredients so it would never quite taste the same? How many of those recipes have gone to the grave with them? Well they are in this book and you can enjoy them again and again!”

Secrets of Fat-Free Italian Cooking: Over 200 Low-Fat and Fat-Free, Traditional & Contemporary Recipes-From Antipasto to Ziti

by Sandra Woodruff

Woodruff is the author of several other “Secrets of Fat-Free” cookbooks, including Secrets of Fat-Free Cooking (Avery, 1995), most of which have been immensely popular. Here she offers quick and easy low-fat recipes for Balsamic Three-Bean Salad, Eggplant Rollatini, and others. She uses a variety of reduced-fat ingredients to lighten up these Italian dishes, and some revisions seem more successful than others (e.g., Fettuccine Alfredo made with nonfat parmesan, evaporated skim milk, and butter-flavor sprinkles). And some recipes don’t seem particularly Italian. But, overall, this is a nice collection for those who want their favorite Italian dishes but want them low-fat, too. Schlesinger’s book is another in the series that includes 500 Fat-Free Recipes (Villard, 1995). Despite the title, there are more like dozens of recipes here, all with three grams of fat or fewer per serving for rice and grain dishes as well as pastas. Many are easy, and most are fairly sophisticated.