Italian Cookbooks

Food & Cooking of Venice & the North-East of Italy

65 classic dishes from Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia

by Valentina Harris

Valentina Harris is a noted authority on Italian food and food culture. In 1984 she published her first cookbook, Perfect Pasta, which won an award for literature and gastronomy in Germany. Many other books followed, as well as a six-part BBC television series, Italian Regional Cookery, in 1990. The book of the series, Italian Regional Cookery, became a top-ten bestseller. Since then, Valentina has written many books, including The Cooking of Tuscany, and Southern Italian Cooking.

Cucina Piemontese: Cooking from Italy’s Piedmont

by Maria Grazia Asselle & Brian Yarvin

Cucina Piemontese includes recipes for more than 95 Piedmontese dishes, many of them from the author’s family in Piedmont. These classic recipes, accompanied by historical and cultural information, as well as a chapter on regional wines, provide an opportunity to explore this fascinating and increasingly renowned cuisine from an insider’s perspective. The simple recipes made with readily available ingredients bring la cucina piemontese to your home. Located in the northwest corner of Italy, the Piedmont region is surrounded by the Alps on three sides (the name means “at the foot of the mountains”). Piedmontese cooking is marked by a reverence for beef, butter, cream, and truffles, as well as humbler ingredients, such as pasta, polenta, and root vegetables. These foods are showcased in this collection of traditional recipes. Beginning with antipasti of Cipolline in Agro Dolce (Sweet-and-sour Onions) or Acciughe al Verde (Anchovies in Green Sauce), journey through the region with Tajarin con Sugo Burro e Salvia (Egg Pasta with Butter and Sage Sauce) and Brasato al Vino Rosso (Beef Cooked in Red Wine). Conclude with one of Piedmont’s famous desserts, such as Budino delle Langhe (Panna Cotta) or Zuppa Inglese (Ladyfinger Cake). B/W and color photography underscores the beauty and flavor of this cuisine.

Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City

by Elizabeth Minchilli

Elizabeth Minchilli has been eating her way through Rome since she was 12 years old. Eating Rome, based on her popular blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, is her homage to the city that feeds her, literally and figuratively. Her story is a personal, quirky and deliciously entertaining look at some of the city’s monuments to food culture. Join her as she takes you on a stroll through her favorite open air markets; stop by the best gelato shops; order plates full of carbonara and finish the day with a brilliant red Negroni. Coffee, pizza, artichokes and grappa are starting points for mouth-watering stories about this ancient city. Illustrated with Minchilli’s beautiful full-color photos and enriched with her favorite recipes for Roman classics like vignarola, carciofi alla romana and carbonara, Eating Rome is the book that you want if you are planning your first trip to Rome or if you have been to Rome a dozen times. And even if you just want to spend a few hours armchair traveling, Elizabeth Minchilli is the person you want by your side.

Jamie’s Italy

by Jamie Oliver

Italy and its wonderful flavors have always had a major influence on Jamie Oliver’s food and cooking. In Jamie’s Italy, he travels this famously gastronomic country paying homage to the classic dishes of each region and searching for new ideas to bring home. The result is a sensational collection of Italian recipes, old and new, that will ensure that Italy’s influence reaches us all. With 120 brand-new recipes for everything from risotto to roasts and spaghetti to stews, structured as traditional trattoria menus, Jamie takes you all over Italy to cook with and learn from the real masters of Italian cuisine: the locals. Far from the standard “lemons and olives” version of Italian cooking, Jamie’s Italy is a cookbook by the people for the people. From Sicily to Tuscany, it’s about the local fishermen, family bakers, and, of course, the “Mamas,” sharing their recipes and the tips that have gone into their cooking for generations.

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.