Synopses & Reviews
Famed for its bustling cities rich with art, history, and centuries-old traditions, as well as for its gently rolling landscapes filled with vineyards, cypress trees, and olive groves, Tuscany is one of the most popular regions in Italy. Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest-running television cooking show, invites us to experience the tastes, smells, and traditions of this wonderful region, one delectable meal at time.
With eighty delicious recipes accompanied by anecdotes, travel essays, and cooking tips and techniques, this collection shares and explores the essence of Tuscan cooking. Cucina povera, country-style cooking, is the backbone of the Tuscan culinary heritage, and you'll see it in practice on an agricultural estate just outside of Siena, at a palazzino in the heart of Florence, at a popular restaurant in an industrial city, in medieval villages, and in the charming cities and towns across the region.
Simple, flavorful ingredients are transformed into authentic, mouth-watering dishes such as Scarola e Fagioli (Escarole and Beans), Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato Bread Soup), Patate con Olio e Ramerino (Potatoes with Olive Oil and Rosemary), Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Grilled T-bone Steak), Gnocchi di Patate con Salsa di Pecorino e Panna (Potato Gnocchi with Pecorino Cream Sauce), Panforte, Ricciarelli di Siena (Siena-Style Almond Cookies), and much more.
Complete with information on mail-order sources, Web sites, and Tuscan restaurants, this celebration of the region of Tuscany is a tribute to the people practicing and preserving its rich culinary traditions.
Praise for Ciao Italia in Umbria
" Delicious...Page after page of charming stories, photos, and mouth watering recipes invite readers to come and explore this lovely region with their favorite cook as a guide. No one has done more to introduce us to the pleasures of Italian cooking than Mary Ann."
--Michele Scicolone, author of Savoring Italy and Italian Holiday Cooking
" Mary Ann Esposito's love of Umbria and its rich culinary traditions shines through on every page. Vive Umbria! Viva Mary Ann!"
--Nick Malgieri, author of Perfect Cakes and Great Italian Desserts
Praise for Mary Ann Esposito
"Real Italian food comes from the home, and Mary Ann Esposito invites us to accompany her on a journey through the authentic home cooking of her favorite regions of Italy. Her food will warm the heart as well as the belly of those who prepare it."
--Jacques Pepin, author of Jacques Pepin Celebrates
"It is from great colleagues like Mary Ann Esposito that I can learn something new every time I--Arthur Schwartz, author of Naples at Table
"Mary Ann Esposito has been a pioneer in the world of cooking shows. Ciao Italia is authentic and entertaining, like a great Italian meal, prepared for and eaten with friends and family."
--Mario Batali, author of The Babbo Cookbook
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-224) and indexes.
About the Author
Mary Ann Esposito
is the host of the public television series Ciao Italia, now in its fourteenth season. She is the author of seven successful cookbooks, including Ciao Italia in Umbria
and Ciao Italia--Bringing Italy Home
. She lives in Durham, New Hampshire.