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 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]
Hot & Cheesy
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
Revoltijo de Espárragos
Asparagus with a sauce of bread, wine, saffron and cumin
Broccoli with Mezithra Cheese
Brokoli me Mezithra
Broccoli with brown butter and mezithra cheese
Quiche of Bacon, Gruyère Cheese, and Pine Nuts
Quiche aux Pignons
Quiche of bacon,Gruyère cheese, and pine nuts in puff pastry
Fried Eggplant with Yogurt
Badhinjan Maqli ma Laban
(Antipasto, Meze, Tapas, and Hors d'Oeuvres)
Deep-fried eggplant with garlic yogurt sauce, a hot and cool meze
Spelt (Farro) Pennette with Olives
Pennette di Farro alle Olive
(Pasta with Vegetables)
Spelt (farro) pennette with black olives and fresh chiles
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
Clifford Wright is a versatile fellow. He won the James Beard Foundation’s top cookbook award a couple of years ago for his historical opus, “A Mediterranean Feast.” But he also wrote one of my favorite quick cookbooks, “Cucina Rapida.” In his newest book [Real Stew], Wright calls upon his scholarly credentials and his practical side to produce a collection of classic stews from around the world. The introductory notes for each of the 300 stews reflect Wright’s knowledge of history and world cuisines. But the recipes themselves — from Nantucket Scallop Stew to French Cassoulet to Kenyan Chicken and Coconut Stew — are straightforward and appealing.
- Margaret King, San Diego Union-Tribune