Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
 
 
August 3, 2015
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Welcome to your source for the authentic and traditional foods of Italy and the Mediterranean in their cultural and historical context illustrated with hundreds of heirloom and innovative Italian and Mediterranean recipes fully-tested in the kitchen of James Beard award winning cookbook author Clifford A. Wright.

This is the site for people for whom food is glorious and not fearsome, for people who watch their happiness before they watch their weight, for people who believe that behind every swallow is an insight into who they are. Here is your entry into the world of the most popular cuisines in the world, the world of all the culinary regions of Italy and the Mediterranean. You will find the culinary cultures of Italy and all the countries of the Mediterranean offered with the same depth and balance of recipes and their histories as you would in a flavorful bouillabaisse.

Cuisine does not spring from nowhere and it does not spring from restaurants. Cuisine is a cultural phenomenon that evolves from real people in kitchens cooking to provide food for their families guided by culture, history, agricultural, and need and wants. Here you will find REAL food. I hope you enjoy the recipes and culinary history posted here.

Read Clifford's blog www.cook-coquus.com

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[photo of Clifford A. Wright: Michelle van Vliet]



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Steamed Moroccan Chicken
Dajaj Mufawwar
(Fowl)
Spiced whole chicken steamed with potatoes, green beans,carrots, and bell peppers
posted: 07/01/2015

Bisara
Bisara
(Antipasto, Meze, Tapas, and Hors d'Oeuvres)
Egyptian style fava bean puree with fresh herbs
posted: 06/01/2015

Spicy Bread Starter Veloute
Hasu
(Soups)
Piquant Algerian Jewish soup made from bread starter (sponge or poolish)
posted: 03/31/2015

Boiled Croatian Cheese Strudel
Zagorski Štrukli
(Antipasto, Meze, Tapas, and Hors d'Oeuvres)
Cheese-stuffed boiled puff pastry
posted: 03/02/2015

Greens Beans with Pomegranate Molasses
Lubya bi'l-Rumman
(Vegetables)
Green beans stewed in tomatoes, spices, garlic-cilantro pesto and pomegranate molasses
posted: 01/03/2015

 


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"Grill Italian hooks the cook in the introduction. Who would not want to light the grill after reading the author's description of an alfresco dinner in Sicily ? The recipes are generally on the simple side, relying on the fresh ingredients and herbs for flavor rather than on heavy marinades and bastings. I love the frequent trick of alternating items on skewers with cubes of oil-soaked bread or that of sprinkling on bread crumbs to add texture ? Sausages, onions and oranges skewered together offer a delightful change of pace."
- Florence Fabricant, New York Times


Cucina Paradiso is a wonderfully insightful and refreshingly personal exploration of one of the world’s most exciting cuisines--full of rich, colorful, and highly seasoned dishes unlike any other Italian food you know.  The book is also full of fascinating history.  Food is the prism through which Clifford Wright views Sicily and Sicilian culture.
- Paula Wolfert, author of Paula Wolfert’s World of Food, Mediterranean Cooking, The Cooking of South-West France, an

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