Synopses & Reviews
Who can resist bruschetta rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil, almond-studded biscotti dipped in coffee or wine, and, of course, a thin-crusted pizza with fresh, sweet tomatoes and tangy mozzarella? These Italian classics that Americans know and love are just the beginning; there are a wealth of other equally delicious breads and sweets waiting to be discovered.
In this groundbreaking classic—now thoroughly updated for today’s modern kitchen—Carol Field introduces artisanal doughs and techniques used by generations of Italian bakers. Every city and hill town has its own unique baking traditions, and Field spent more than two years traversing Italy to capture the regional and local specialties, adapting them through rigorous testing in her own kitchen.
Field’s authentic recipes are a revelation for anyone seeking the true Italian experience. Here’s a chance to make golden Altamura bread from Puglia, chewy porous loaves from Como, rosemary bread sprinkled with coarse sea salt, dark ryes from the north, simple breads studded with toasted walnuts, succulent fig bread, and Sicilian loaves topped with sesame seeds.
The Italian Baker is the only comprehensive book, in English or Italian, to cover the entire range of Italian baking, from breadsticks and cornetti to focaccia, tarts, cakes, and pastries. There is even a chapter on using leftover bread—with recipes ranging from hearty Tuscan bread soup to a cinnamon and lemon-scented bread pudding.
Winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Award for best baking book, The Italian Baker was also named to the James Beard Baker’s Dozen list of thirteen indispensable baking books of all time. It has inspired countless professionals and home cooks alike. This latest edition, updated for a new generation of home bakers, has added four-color photography throughout, plus new recipes, ingredients and equipment sections, source guides, and weights. One of the most revered baking books of all time, The Italian Baker is a landmark work that continues to be a must for every serious baker.
"After 26 years, journalist and cookbook author Field returns with a revised edition of The Italian Baker. The new edition 'upgrades' include color photographs, source guides, and updated equipment sections and instructions. A solid collection of traditional Italian baked goods, breads dominate, despite the title, with instructions on how to prepare loaves by hand, mixer, or food processor. An in-depth look at Italian bread baking and its history starts the section, and headnotes give regional notes and serving suggestions. Loaves span the Italian peninsula, from pane toscano scuro, a dark Tuscan bread, to casatiello, a Neapolitan Easter-season bread, and pane di Genzano, a bread from the city of Genzano, located south of Rome. A selection of focaccia includes variations with sea salt, sage, olives, and Gorgonzola, and a handy chapter focusing on using leftover breads guides readers to bread-based soups, salads, and desserts. Pizzas, cookies, tarts, and cakes round out the authentic and trusted title that includes such classics as pizza alla Siciliana, amaretti, and tiramisÃ¹." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This groundbreaking classic—now thoroughly updated for today’s modern kitchen—introduces the artisanal doughs and techniques used by generations of Italian village bakers.
Carol Field spent two years traversing Italy to capture the regional specialties and then adapting them through rigorous testing in her own kitchen. When first published in 1985, Field’s impeccably written, authentic recipes were a revelation to Americans used to only stereotypical Italian fare. This latest edition, updated for the new generation of home bakers, has added four-color photography plus new ingredients and equipment sections, source guides, weights and measurements, and instructions for the natural yeast method. One of the most revered baking books of all time, this landmark work will continue to be a must for every serious baker.
About the Author
Carol Field is the author of five cookbooks, In Nonna’s Kitchen, Focaccia, Italy in Small Bites, Celebrating Italy, and The Italian Baker, as well as The Hill Towns of Italy and Mangoes and Quince, a novel. She is an award-winning journalist and has contributed to Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and Food and Wine, among others. Field has won two IACP Cookbook Awards and a James Beard Award, and was featured on the PBS series “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs.” She lives in San Francisco with her husband and continues to visit Italy frequently.
Table of Contents
1 Bread in Italy
15 Baking Basics
15 About the Recipes
• The Basic Four
• Additional Ingredients for Bread
• Additional Ingredients for Pastry and Cookies
• The Basic Three
• Other Essentials
• Optional but Definitely Nice to Have
• Additional Equipment for Pizza
• Additional Equipment for Pastry
• Techniques for Baking Bread
• Techniques for Baking Tarts, Cakes, and Cookies
69 Pani Regionali e Rustici REGIONAL AND RUSTIC BREADS
70 Classic Tastes of Italy
103 Tastes of the Countryside
127 Pani Moderni MODERN BREADS
128 Vegetable and Herb Breads
146 Breads of Various Grains
159 Gli Avanzi USING LEFTOVER BREADS
160 Savory Dishes
174 Bread-Based Desserts
177 Pani Festivi CELEBRATION BREADS
179 Fruit and Nut Breads
191 Lightly Sweetened Breads
199 Sweet and Holiday Breads
223 Panini e Grissini ROLLS AND BREADSTICKS
238 Panini Dolci
249 Pizze e Focacce PIZZAS AND FOCACCIAS
283 Pani Raffinati ELEGANT BREADS
285 Sweet Croissants
290 Savory Croissants
298 Puff Pastry
312 Savory Appetizers
317 Crostate TARTS
319 Basic Tart Doughs
324 Basic Pastry Creams
327 Fruit and Jam Tarts
339 Nut Tarts
343 Chocolate Tarts
345 Torte CAKES
347 Ricotta Cheesecakes and Creamy Rice Tarts
354 Spice Cakes and Fruitcakes
361 Sponge Cakes
369 Biscotti COOKIES
371 Nut Paste Cookies
380 Butter Cookies
393 Cookies of Various Grains
397 Sweet Pastry Dough Cookies
399 Chocolate Nut Cookies
401 Appendix: Source Guide to Ingredients and Equipment