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I love Italian food. I think I could be very happy spending a good amount of time all over Italy. But since that’s not going to happen right now, the best I can do is spend some time at home, bringing Italy into my kitchen!

I was given this cookbook a few months back, and had just flipped through the pages, only making one recipe from it up to this point. But while looking through it one day, this cookbook is the one that gave me the idea to travel through the world with the Cookbook of the Month selections for 2010. And I’m so glad I did it, because this first stop in Italy has been wonderful!

Italian food is not totally foreign to me, like some other regions around the world are. But maybe that’s one thing that I really loved about this cookbook – the familiarity. But I did get to make my own pasta from scratch for the first time, and it was such a great experience. I know I’ll do it again! And I know that this book will not just remain on my shelf anymore – it will be one that will get used in the kitchen!


Risotto with Proscuito, Butter & Parmigiano
– 4.5 out of 5

Custard Cream and Ricotta Tart – 3.75 out of 5

Butternut Squash Tortelli – 4.5 out of 5

Rigatoni with Sausage, Peas, Tomatoes and Cream – 4.5 out of 5

Average Recipe Rating: 4.3125 out of 5

February’s Cookbook of the Month choice for me was a hard one. I knew I wanted to travel to China, but I didn’t know what book to try. I wanted one that was authentic, not one that was “Americanized.” I looked online, searching and searching. Then I was at the library a few days ago, and decided that I would just check a book out from the library, and I pretty much chose blindly, not knowing much about the cookbook besides the glance through of the recipes I did quickly. So hopefully this is a good one!

February’s Cookbook of the Month will be The Shun Lee Cookbook by Michael Tong. Make sure and check back Friday for the first stop in China!

Please help me for future months!! I need suggestions of good, authentic cookbooks from around the world. If you know of one, please leave a comment!!
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8 Responses to January Cookbook of the Month Review

  1. A Feast for the Eyes says:

    I haven't left a comment with you in some time, and I apologize. I want you to know that I read your blog, faithfully, and I have thoroughly enjoyed your cookbook review. In fact, I've bookmarked the rigatoni recipe to make, this week. I am always on the prowl for cookbooks, but I try to limit how many I buy. Your recipes ratings are helpful. What is really important to me, though, are photos. I totally have to see a picture to be inspired to make it. Were there many photos?
    I'm looking forward to learning more about Chinese cooking– which I am totally beginner about.

  2. Bellini Valli says:

    I am looking forward to your Chinese segment which is perfectly timed for February and Chinese New Year. In future months I would love to see …you guesses it…Greek food. Aglaia Kremezi has many delicious recipes in her "The Foods of the Greek Isles" as well there is a new cookbook by Michael Psilakis "How to Roast a Lamb".

  3. Maria says:

    I am excited for your Feb. pick! Loved January's recipes!

  4. Kim says:

    It sounds like you had great luck with this book! Everything you made looks delicious. I haven't heard anything about the Shun Lee book, but I'm excited to see what you cook. Indian cuisine seems to be very popular right now. That might be a good one to explore.

  5. teresa says:

    that looks like a great review to me! can't wait to see the recipes for feb!

  6. Emily says:

    Oooh my favorite is the butternut squash pasta. That looks amazing!

  7. ashley says:

    i bought this cookbook two years ago… but like MOST of my cookbooks, i have yet to make anything from it! can't wait to see what you pick from it and your reviews!

  8. Lauren says:

    Mmm, the Greek one sounds intruiging, I love Greek food. I recently tried making baklava, which is a lot of work but AMAZING! My suggestion would be Daisy Cooks by Daisy Martinez (she has a show on the PBS channel Create). She cooks really authentic Latin food (think Puerto Rican, Cuban, etc, not Mexican). Our fave is so far is Ropa Vieja and we are trying her flan this week. YUM! PS thanks for checking out my blog Deborah, those cookies are good, you should try them!

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