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
Rigatoni with Sausage, Peas, Tomatoes and Cream – 4.5 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!