Italian Family Cooking: Unlocking A Treasury Of Recipes and Stories

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9780312242251: Italian Family Cooking: Unlocking A Treasury Of Recipes and Stories

Father Joseph Orsini, a retired Catholic priest, has found his second calling in the kitchen. In this book, he shares his love of food and family with delicious recipes and delightful anecdotes.

With chapters arranged to coincide with the courses of a formal Italian dinner- antipasti (appetizers), ministre (soups), pasta with an astounding variety of sauces, risotti (rice dishes), secondi piatti (main courses), and desserts-- this book is a rare combination of Old and New World recipes for such exciting and mouth-watering dishes as portobello mushrooms in garlic and wine sauce, linguine with mussels Calabrian style, pasta pizza, Roman roast leg of lamb, genuine eggplant parmigiana, and the ever popular roast stuffed turkey. In addition, because of the hurried and harried lives that most of us lead today, Father Orsini has included snappy, delicious, and practical recipes that make good use of the microwave oven.

This cookbook is designed to be read as one would read a short story-- from beginning to end. The reader can skip the recipes and gain enjoyable historic and cultural facts about Italy. For example, Father Orsini gives a brief account of the development of Italian cuisine after the voyages of Columbus, as well as delightful histories of common vegetables and popular foods, such as tomatoes, potatoes, beans, corn, turkey, and chocolate. He also includes tips for cooking the perfect pasta, general hints for the Italian kitchen, and a list of common ingredients and terms used in Italian cooking.

Once again, Father Orsini has written a charming book that will feed your mind as well as your body. You will enjoy reading this book, and your family and friends will appreciate the delicious meals you prepare by following these recipes.

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About the Author:

Father Joseph Orsini is the author of Papa Bear's Favorite Italian Dishes, Father Orsini's Italian Kitchen, and Pasta Perfetta. In addition to ministering part-time at the Italian parish of Our Lady of the Assumption in New Jersey, he is also the co-chaplain of the Bayonne, New Jersey, chapter of Unico National and the national spokesperson for the Una Voce National Italian-American Anti-Bias Foundation. Father Orsini is the founder and chairman of a new Italian food company called Father Orsini's Italian Specialities, which can be found on the Internet at www.orsinifoods.com.

All of Father Orsini's personal earnings from his books and his food company are donated to charities.

From Publishers Weekly:

Asserting that food must nurture both body and soul, retired Catholic priest Orsini (Father Orsini's Italian Kitchen) celebrates the family values inherent in food by prefacing each of his delicious recipes with a short, food-related anecdote about his family and friends. He says he first tried Chicken Breasts Venetian Style, for example, after he almost lost his mother in an Italian train station, and that his friend has turned Pork Crown Roast Italian Style into a New Year's tradition. Most of the recipes here are for pasta dishes, including more than a dozen easily made in the microwave, such as Egg Noodles in Tuna Sauce and Spaghetti with Stuffed Chicken Rolls. Among Orsini's more unusual offerings are a Simple Pesto for Pasta, Fish and Eggs that uses neither garlic nor pine nuts and a substantial Pasta Pizza with rotelle as one of the toppings. Although Regis Philbin, here serving as an American Heart Association spokesperson, provides the foreword and Orsini suggests substitutions to reduce fat and cholesterol content, many dishes are seriously laden with cream and cheese. Orazio's Pasta in Vodka Sauce contains a quart of heavy cream, while Mashed Potato Pie calls for six tablespoons of butter and two cups of Parmesan cheese. (Among the healthier ingredients the author recommends are the canned tomatoes and pasta made by his own company, Father Joe's Italian Specialties.) Nonetheless, Orsini's combination of big-hearted stories and hearty fare should please fans of traditional Italian cooking. (May)

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