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 4, 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.

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

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Swordfish in Tomato Vinegar Sauce
Pesce Spada alla Stemperata
Swordfish braised in tomatoes, vinegar, olives, capers, and onions
posted: 08/14/2015

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

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

Spicy Bread Starter Veloute
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


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This book [Mediterranean Feast] is an impressive original study of the cradle of food civilization and marks an important achievement in the field of culinary history.
- James Beard Foundation Book Awards Committee, May 2000

[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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