Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
 
 
June 28, 2017
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Bucatini with Big Meatballs in Vegetable Sauce
(Italy)
Bucatini (Perciatelli) with meatballs in tomato-based vegetable sauce
posted: 12/14/2006

Farfalle with Skirt Steak and Mushroom
(Italy)
Farfalle with skirt steak, mushrooms, garlic, parsley in wine sauce
posted: 12/14/2006

Fettuccine with Baby Meatballs and Fresh Fava
(Italy)
Fettuccine with small baked beef, pork, and ground chicken meatballs in wine, chicken broth, and fava beans sauce
posted: 12/14/2006

Fettuccine with Rib Eye Steak and Spinach
(Italy)
Fettuccine with cayenne-dusted rib eye steak medallions and sauteed spinach
posted: 12/14/2006

Lasagnette with Beef in Spinach Mascarpone Sauce
(Italy)
Lasagnette with beef tenderloin strips in spinach mascarpone sauce
posted: 12/14/2006

Macaroni with Beef in Gorgonzola Sauce
(Italy)
elbow macaroni with beef tenderloin in Gorgonzola sauce
posted: 12/14/2006

Penne with Spoon-dropped Baby Meatballs in Spinach Sauce
(Italy)
Penne with marble-sized meatballs in wine sauce with spinach mascarpone puree and a liaison of egg yolks and parmigiano
posted: 12/14/2006

Spaghetti with Ground Beef and Eggplant Sauce
(Italy)
Spaghetti with ground beef and eggplant in a tomato sauce of wine and herbs
posted: 12/14/2006

Spaghetti with Meatballs
(USA/Italian-American)
Classic spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce
posted: 12/14/2006

Spaghetti with Sirloin and Red Onion
(Italy)
Spaghetti with beef sirloin pieces and red onion and garlic
posted: 12/14/2006



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"Grill Italian hooks the cook in the introduction. Who would not want to light the grill after reading the author's description of an alfresco dinner in Sicily ? The recipes are generally on the simple side, relying on the fresh ingredients and herbs for flavor rather than on heavy marinades and bastings. I love the frequent trick of alternating items on skewers with cubes of oil-soaked bread or that of sprinkling on bread crumbs to add texture ? Sausages, onions and oranges skewered together offer a delightful change of pace."
- Florence Fabricant, New York 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.  Ive 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

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