Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
 
 
May 27, 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.

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

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



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Lentil and Bulgur Soup
Ezo Gelin Corbasi
(Soups)
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

Leek Tart
Tarte de Poireaux
(Pies-Savory)
Tart of sauteed leeks and cream
posted: 01/04/2016

Meatballs in Lemon Sauce
Youvarlakia Avgolemono
(Veal)
Ground meat and rice balls cooked in avgolemono sauce
posted: 12/01/2015

 


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This vast compendium [Little Foods of the Mediterranean] encapsulates the type of Mediterranean food that I love: simple, tasty, unpretentious, and easy to eat.  Whether they are tapas, meze, or antipasti, they represent Mediterranean street food at its best.  I especially applaud Clifford Wright’s great research into the similarities and the differences among the little foods of the eighteen countries of the Mediterranean Basin.
- Jacques Pépin, chef, cookbook author, and public television show host


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

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