Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
October 26, 2016
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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.

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

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Snail Fritters
Beignets d'Escargot
(Antipasto, Meze, Tapas, and Hors d'Oeuvres)
Fried snail fritters
posted: 08/02/2016

Spinach with Spices and Yogurt
Spinach sauteed with cardamom, cloves, allspice, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, walnuts and yogurt
posted: 05/31/2016

Lentil and Bulgur Soup
Ezo Gelin Corbasi
Lentil, bulgur, and mint soup
posted: 04/02/2016

Couscous with Vegetables
Kaskasu bi’l-Khudra
(Rice, Couscous, and Other Grains)
Couscous with turnips, chickpeas, zucchini, and carrots
posted: 03/01/2016

Pa amb Oli i Pa amb Tomàquet
Bread with Oil and Bread with Tomato
(Breads (Sandwiches, Panini etc))
Homemade bread slice with rubbed tomato
posted: 02/01/2016


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“Real Stew” is a cookbook that doesn’t put on airs.  “Real Stew” is what it is–an authentic, exhaustive look at 300 recipes for stews, braises, ragouts, goulashes, chowders and the like.
- Larry Bingham, Baltimore Sun

[Clifford A. Wright's Cucina Paradiso] Editor’s Choice of the Best Books of 1992
- New York Times Book Review, December 6, 1992.

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