Culinaria Italy

Culinaria Italy is a nearly 500 page coffee table worthy cookbook from the Culinaria cookbook series. These stunning cookbooks are packed with instruction, imagery, and a lot of amazing recipes. The choices of delicious Italian recipes inside Culinary Italy feels virtually endless. 


Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 495 pages. 

Copyright: 2000 

Publisher: Konemann 

Author: Guenter Beer 

ISBN: 9783829029018

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Description: The "land where the lemon trees bloom" has always been a fascinating destination for travelers, long before Goethe so described it. The rich culture and varied countryside of Italy has attracted and inspired artists and writers through the ages. From the era of the classical "grand tour," when educational visits were made to sites of antiquity on the Apennine peninsula, ever-increasing numbers of tourists have fallen in love with this country. The ars vivendi, or style of living, of its vivacious inhabitants has undoubtedly left just as lasting an impression as the treasures of its cultural heritage. For countless visitors, the simple and yet imaginative cuisine of Italy has now come to symbolize that very Italian love of life. 

We invite you to accompany us on a culinary giro d'ltalia, a tour of Italy that begins in the northeast, leads through the Alpine regions to Liguria in the west, then turns south, through Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, crossing from Calabria to Sicily, and finally ending on the island of Sardinia. 

In Friuli-Venezia Ciulia, we sample ham from San Daniele and admire the largest frico in the world. In Venice and the Veneto, we are invited to drink a glass of prosecco, while in Trentino-Alto Adige we treat ourselves with a snack of home-cured bacon and the local bread specialty. Lombardy tempts us with Milanese salami and pannettone. In Piedmont we get to know the art of making risotto, and in Aosta Valley we find out about a local hard bread and a reviving herb liqueur. Liguria presents us with pesto and the finest olive oil, while Emilia- Romagna provides the products that are emblematic of Italy -- Parma ham, Parmesan, and mortadella. In Tuscany we sample fine wine, in Umbria we go fishing on Lake Trasimeno, and in Marche we stroll along the culinary trail laid by the composer, Rossini. In Lazio, which includes the capital city of Rome, we track down papal cuisine and savor classic pasta dishes. In Abruzzi and Molise, brightly-colored confectionery awaits us, in Campania snow-white mozzarella cheese, in Apulia blond wheat, and in Basilicata brilliant red chili peppers. After a robust breakfast in Calabria, we admire deceptively real- looking marzipan fruits in Sicily and catch langoustines off the Sardinian coast. 

How does the blue mold get into Gorgonzola? Where did ice cream come from, in the days before refrigerators? What is there to tell about the wines of Piedmont? How are tomato preserves made? How does one recognize a genuine balsamic vinegar? What are the marks of quality that help to distinguish genuine products from imitations? What food was eaten in ancient Rome, which specialties were served at court during the Middle Ages, and what culinary innovations accompanied the Renaissance? Culinaria Italy takes a look behind the scenes and answers these and many other questions of interest to lovers of Italian cuisine. 

With 496 pages and 1,294 illustrations, Culinaria Italy shows us not only the food and drink of Italy, but also the country and its people, from its Alpine crest in the north to the tip of its heel in the south. The 386 tried and tested recipes from the various regions visited ensure that a treat for the taste buds follows a pleasurable read. 


Condition: Good condition. Jacket's top edge is slightly creased. 

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