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
Read Clifford A. Wright at Zesterdaily
[photo of Clifford A. Wright: Michelle van Vliet]
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The Best Soups in the World
Bake Until Bubbly: The Ultimate Casserole Book
Some Like It Hot: Spicy Favorites from the World’s Hot Zones
Little Foods of the Mediterranean: 500 Fabulous Recipes for Antipasti, Tapas, Hors d' Oeuvre, Meze, and More
Real Stew: 300 Recipes for Authentic Home-Cooked Cassoulet, Gumbo, Chili, Curry, Minestrone, Bouillabaisse, Strogan
A Mediterranean Feast: The Story of the Birth of the Celebrated Cuisines of the Mediterranean from the Merchants of
Sausage, Rice, and Chickpea Soup
Minestra di Salsicce, Riso, e Ceci
Thick soup of rice, sausage, kale, and chickpeas
(Antipasto, Meze, Tapas, and Hors d'Oeuvres)
Fried snail fritters
Spinach with Spices and Yogurt
Spinach sauteed with cardamom, cloves, allspice, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, walnuts and yogurt
Lentil and Bulgur Soup
Ezo Gelin Corbasi
Lentil, bulgur, and mint soup
Couscous with Vegetables
(Rice, Couscous, and Other Grains)
Couscous with turnips, chickpeas, zucchini, and carrots
The directions [in Cucina Rapida] are clear and simple and the results are delicious. In testing some of the recipes from Cucina Rapida I found that Wright lived up to his promises. The garlic and parsley shrimp was incredibly easy, took less than 30 minutes and provided one of the best meals my family has enjoyed in some time.
- Ann Wesley, Bloomington Herald-Times
My favorite [of the cookbooks reviewed] is Cucina Rapida, a delicious discovery for lovers of Italian food. Most of the recipes can be done in 30 minutes or less, and the flavors are forthright. I’ve cooked a lot from this book since it came out in early summer and have yet to be disappointed. The recipe for Linguine with Shrimp, Spinach, and Lemon is bright-tasting, a memorable supper that I will make again for my family or for casual entertaining.
- Felicia Gressette, Akron Beacon Journal