Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
 
 
September 19, 2019
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Cal-Italian

Butter Lettuce with Vinaigrette
(Salads)
Butter lettuce with a vinaigrette of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and anchovies
posted: 12/29/2006

Linguine with Fried Shrimp and Fried Chiles
(Pasta with Shellfish)
Linguine with deep-fried breaded shrimp and deep-fried fresh chiles with basil
posted: 12/21/2006

Linguine with Spicy Shrimp and Peperoncini
(Pasta with Shellfish)
Linguine with shrimp and fresh mild peperoncini chile and dried hot red chiles
posted: 12/21/2006

Pan-roasted Brussels Sprouts
(Vegetables)
Crispy pan-roasted Brussels sprouts on the griddle with olive oil and sea salt
posted: 04/22/2010

Steak with Black, White, and Red Pepper Rub
(Beef)
Steak cooked in a cast-iron skillet with black, white, and cayenne pepper
posted: 12/12/2006

Italian-American

Baked Rigatoni with Pork Ragout
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked rigatoni with whole pork shoulder braised in tomato sauce, meat shredded and mixed with Italian sausage topped with parmigiano and Bechamel sauce
posted: 12/27/2006

Baked Rigatoni with Sausages
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked rigatoni with Italian sausages in tomato sauce with a Bechamel sauce coating
posted: 12/27/2006

Grilled Steak Sandwich with Pesto
(Beef-Grilled)
Italian-American style steak sandwich with pesto
posted: 12/12/2006

Meatball Hero
(Breads (Sandwiches, Panini etc))
Italian roll stuffed with meatballs and tomato sauce
posted: 12/13/2006

Spaghetti with Meatballs
(Pasta with Beef)
Classic spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce
posted: 12/14/2006



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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


This well-researched book [Mediterranean Vegetables] on vegetables is full of wonderful recipes from the cuisines of the world and is a great reference work.
- Jacques Pépin, host of Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Encore with Claudine and co-author of Julia and Jacques Co

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