Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
 
 
July 29, 2021
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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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[Mediterranean Feast] The Saveur 100.  Voted Most Delicious History Book You Can Cook From.  “Food-in-context has never been more thoroughly (and more cookably) presented."
- Saveur magazine


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

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