Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
 
 
December 17, 2017
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Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Grilled Tuna with Crushed Fennel Seed
Tonno ai Ferri
(Seafood-Grilled)
Grilled tuna with crushed fennel seed
posted: 12/30/2006

Risotto with Asparagus Tips
Risotto con Punte d’Asparagi
(Rice, Couscous, and Other Grains)
Risotto with asparagus
posted: 12/28/2006

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

Lazio

Grilled Lamb Rib Chops
Scottadito
(Lamb-Grilled)
Grilled lamb rib chops
posted: 12/14/2006

Grilled Pork Chops over Soft Rolls
"Panuntella"
(Pork-Grilled)
Grilled fatty pork chops brushed with lard dripping over soft rolls
posted: 12/28/2006

Sausage, Rice, and Chickpea Soup
Minestra di Salsicce, Riso, e Ceci
(Soups)
Thick soup of rice, sausage, kale, and chickpeas
posted: 12/01/2016

Snap Peas with Pancetta and Tomato
Mangiatutto con Pancetta e Pomodoro
(Vegetables)
Snap peas with pancetta, onion and tomato on top of fried bread
posted: 01/02/2007

Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
(Pasta with Cheese)
Spaghetti with eggs, cheese, and guanciale (bacon)
posted: 10/31/2008

Spaghetti with Omasum Tripe and Pancetta
Spaghetti con Trippa e Pancetta
(Pasta with Variety Meats)
Spaghetti with omasum tripe (third stomach) and pancetta
posted: 04/03/2008

The Devil's Chicken
Pollo alla Diavolo
(Fowl-Grilled)
Chile-peppered grilled chicken
posted: 12/14/2006


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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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