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Cucina Simpatica: Robust Trattoria Cooking from Al Fornoby Johanne Killeen
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Cucina Simpatica brings to America's home cooks the luscious and lusty food of Al Forno, the acclaimed Providence, Rhode island, restaurant. The restaurant, and its owners/chefs, Johanne Killeen and George Germon, have won many national awards for the superb cooking and down-to-earth style of their version of hearty yet utterly simple trattoria. and Italian home cooking. USA Today, Food &Wine, CondÉ Nast Traveler,and Esquire magazine have named Johanne and George among the best chefs in America and have singled out Al Forno as worth making a special trip to. In this, their first book, they translate their stylishly fresh and imaginative approach to Italian food into accessible recipes that will make every home cook itch to get into the kitchen.
The 135 recipes reflect Killeen and Germon's informal but meticulous cooking. included are explicit, clear instructions for making their famous grilled pizza, which can be done even on a simple hibachi. The book is organized by course-from starters, soups, salads, bruschettas, crostinis, and polenta. to pizzas, pastas, grills, roasts, braises, vegetables, condiments, and desserts — but the authors urge you to structure a meal that suits you: two starters, pizza only, main-course salad. The only suggestion is to eat what you want-nothing fancy, no sauces, just gutsy, zestful food. George and Johanne cook pastas and vegetables and almost everything else in the restaurant's wood-burning ovens and grills, and the smoky tastes that permeate these foods make for sublime eating. With the same flair and robust results, they also cook in and on conventional ovens and stoves and they teach you how to achieve their spectacular results. Novice and experienced cooks alike will be amazed and delighted by the wallop of assertive taste and subtlety produced by the simple, widely available ingredients and the easy, everyday techniques.
Cucina Simpatica brings to home cooks the luscious, lusty food of Al Forno, the acclaimed restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island. Since opening Al Forno in 1980, owners-chefs Johanne Killeen and George Germon have won a loyal following, rave reviews, and many awards for their superb food.
The recipes reflect their down-to-earth style of hearty yet simple trattoria and Italian home cooking. Included are detailed instructions for making their renowned grilled pizza. While Cucina Simpatica is organized by courses—from starters, soups, salads, bruschetta, crostinis, and polenta to pizzas, pastas, grills, roasts, braises, vegetables, and desserts—the authors urge readers to be flexible and make their own choices. A grilled pizza accompanied by a small salad may suffice for dinner. Pasta can be served in small portions as a first course or in larger amounts as the focus of the meal. A platter of roasted vegetables makes a fine meatless meal.
Cucina Simpatica inspires home cooks to prepare the rustic, robust Italian-style food from one of America's finest restaurants.
About the Author
Johanne Killeen and George Germon were professionally trained in the arts at the Rhode island School of Design, but their passion is food. The combination of these sensibilities, coupled with their caring and generosity, has made their restaurants in Providence — Lucky's and Al Forno — destinations for all food lovers.
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