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 23, 2014
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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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Turkish Summer Vegetable Stew
Guvec Yaz
(Stews)
Vegetable stew of zucchini, peppers, peas, spinach, potatoes, cucumbers, and onions
posted: 09/30/2014

Spinach and Cornmeal Soup
Paparot
(Soups)
Pulped soup of spinach and cornmeal
posted: 08/01/2014

Kafta - Grilled Ground Lamb
Kafta Mishwiyya
(Lamb-Grilled)
Spiced ground lamb grilled on a skewer with bread and condiments
posted: 06/25/2014

Tomato and Anchovy Salad
Anchoïyade
(Salads)
Heirloom tomato salad with anchovies, hard-boiled egg, and olives with vinaigrette
posted: 06/02/2014

Ragoût of Potatoes and Swiss Chard
Maraqat Batata
(Stews)
Ragout of spicy potatoes and Swiss chard cooked in a tagine
posted: 05/01/2014

 


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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


Just like what’s happening with barbecue and grilling books (and Italian cookbooks), publishers feel obliged to regularly come out with books covering the same subject over and over again. This is because it is difficult to keep books in print, and older books (with a few exceptions, like The Joy of Cooking) are simply not as marketable as newer books. That said, Wright’s collection of hot and spicy recipes from around the world [Some Like it Hot] is much like the dozens that have come before it. It is comprehensive and the recipes look like they are authentic and complete, with a lot of anecdotal information to delight the reader. ...  Anyone who can write a chapter title like “Hot Chicks, Wicked Ducks, and Killer Rabbits” gets a pat on the back from me! 
- Dave DeWitt, author of The Chile Pepper Encyclopedia; Fiery-Foods.com

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