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Review: Recipes and Dreams From an Italian Life

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Review: Recipes and Dreams From an Italian Life

Recipes and Dreams From an Italian Life by Tessa Kiros
Reviewed by: Renee Chaw
Genre: Nonfiction/Cookbook
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: April 2013

We all eat, whether it’s spaghetti on Sunday or a burger on the grill at a picnic it’s usually a joyful experience. In Recipes and Dreams From an Italian Life, author Tessa Kiros celebrates the joy of food with recipes inspired by past generations of Italian women. As almost everyone knows, enjoying a meal with family and friends makes the food taste that much better. In Recipes and Dreams, Tessa shares not only traditional Italian recipes but tips on keeping guests in the home comfortable (fresh, scented linens) and helpful tips to use around the kitchen such as how to keep your pots clean and when to salt pasta. This book isn’t solely a cookbook but a guide to Italian hospitality.

From the first page to the last recipe you will be immersed in old world charm. Rich and hearty dinner recipes, light pastries, and sweet desserts that are sure to please even the most sophisticated palates are liberally sprinkled between gorgeous photos of tea settings, pretty blooms, and art work. Fish, pasta, pork, breads, preserves, and cream recipes abound in this comprehensive cookbook.

Recipes and Dreams From an Italian Life is certainly one of the prettiest cookbooks I’ve come across. The photographs and the staging are so wonderfully romantic, the book would make a perfect gift for a bride. Even if she doesn’t cook, the little stories and granny’s sage advice on all things is very entertaining and brings back the nostalgia! As for the recipes, they are delicious and relatively simple but a lot of the ingredients are things that you might not have readily available in your kitchen. If you live in a small town like I do with only a few grocery stores, you will probably have to plan a trip to a specialty market to get what you need to make, say, the Scaloppine with Tomatoes & Capers or the Fish with Escarole, Olives, & Capers. Needless to say, the recipes that looked most appealing to me, I was unable to try due to the unavailability of the ingredients. A few recipes required basic ingredients and are definitely worth preparing including the Torta di Spaghetti made from left over pasta noodles! Recipes and Dreams From an Italian Life is definitely a must-have for Italian food lovers looking for traditional Italian recipes.

Rated PG: While the photographs and content are suitable for all ages, some of the recipes are alcoholic so they aren’t appropriate for children.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!


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