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 19, 2018
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Asparagus with Red Chile Flakes
(Vegetables)
Asparagus with parsley and chile
posted: 01/03/2007

Asparagus with Tuna and Caper Foam
Asparagi alla Cupido
(Vegetables)
Steamed asparagus with a foamy blended sauce of tuna and capers
posted: 04/21/2009

Baked Capellini au Gratin
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked capellini with cream au gratin
posted: 12/27/2006

Baked Capellini with Sausages and Vegetable Sauce
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked capellini tossed with pureed vegetable sauce and baked Italian sausages
posted: 12/27/2006

Baked Ditali and Mortadella with Mozzarella
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked ditali (short macaroni)with mortadella, mozzarella, and ricotta cheese
posted: 12/27/2006

Baked Lasagnette with Shrimp, Swiss Chard, and Ricotta
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked lasagnette with shrimp, Swiss chard, and ricotta
posted: 12/27/2006

Baked Linguine with White Eggplant
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked linguine in a sauce of deep-fried white eggplant, green and black olives, tomatoes, anchovies, and a little chile with mozzarella and young pecorino cheese
posted: 12/27/2006

Baked Macaroni with Lamb Sauce
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked macaroni with ground lamb and tomato sauce flavored with rosemary and ricotta and mozzarella cheese
posted: 12/27/2006

Baked Macaroni, Eggplant, and Broccoli
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked macaroni with skirt steak strips, deep-fried eggplant, and broccoli with a bread crumb, parmigiano, and pecorino cheese au gratin topping
posted: 12/27/2006

Baked Rigatoni with Meatballs and Meat Sauce
(Pasta-Baked)
Baked rigatoni with meatballs in a ground beef, Italian sausage, and chopped pork sirloin tomato ragout with wine and sauteed zucchini slices
posted: 12/27/2006


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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.  I’ve 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


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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