The Islands in the Sun Cookbook: Culinary Treasures of the Italian Isles
The Islands in the Sun Cookbook: Culinary Treasures of the Italian Isles features the recipes of the Mediterranean. Everything from appetizers to desserts is found inside Marlene Spieler's cookbook. Her unique recipes and rustic flavors make this cookbook a must-have for your home kitchen.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 272 pages.
Publisher: Ralph Lowe
Author: Marlene Spieler
Description: Marlena Spieler introduces a wide range of evocative, satisfying appetizers that are the entry to every meal -- strongly flavored salads such as Insalata di Arancia, Peperoni, e Spinaci (Orange, Lemon, Olives, Fennel and Spinach Salad); or thick slices of bread rubbed with garlic and topped with savory spreads like Caponata (Sweet-Sour Spiced Eggplant Spread); or the simplicity of large ceramic bowls filled with glistening marinated olives.
The minestras, brodos, and zuppes offer nourishing meals in their own right. Soups filled with vegetable trimmings, a handful of beans and sausages, and a scattering of pasta recreate the frugal yet hearty fare that is a mainstay of island diet.
For the prima piatto, or main course, there are zesty and provocative pasta, risotto, and polenta dishes that have long been synonymous with Italian food. Stuffed and flavored pastas of Sardinia include Ravioli with Fava Beans, Fresh Mint, and Green Onions, and the baked Sicilian casseroles feature Polenta al Forno (Polenta Layered with Tomato Sauce, Fresh Rosemary, and Fontina).
The unifying element of Italian island cuisines is seafood. Its abundance and freshness make it an island staple, and it is served as a main course, antipasti, and simmered into soups, rice, or pasta dishes. Fish stews filled with fruits of the sea provide the quintessential flavor of island fare.
Spieler also offers enticing meat dishes made with island game and poultry. Lamb and Potatoes in Saffron-Scented Egg-Lemon Sauce is a robust country meal, while Guinea Hen with Sweet-Savory Chocolate Sauce and Hazelnuts typifies the elegance with which poultry dishes are prepared thoughout the islands.
Pizzas, paninis, focaccias, and fritattas are classic Italian snacks and street nibbles, as foods made with bread, pastries, and scattered with savory morsels and a sprinkling of cheese are eaten throughout the day. There are recipes for bruschettas and crostinis topped with tomatoes, fresh vegetables, garlic, and olive oil.
Finally, this cookbook showcases a wide array of sweets and desserts, Mandorlala (Fragrant Almond Paste Cake) and the traditional flavored ices and ice creams -- granita, sorbetto, and gelato -- are refreshing in the summer heat.
Condition: Good condition.
Browse more Vintage, Used and Collectible Cookbooks.