Italian Family Cooking & Wine Pairing

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Italian Family Cooking & Wine Pairing, by John Oliano offers a full color 246 page publication with over 140 seasonal and holiday recipes from throughout Italy with wine pairing, helpful tips, and complete nutritional analysis with color photos of every dish. The foods of Italy vastly differ from one region to the next reflecting the cultural differences of the Italian countryside. Some regions are landlocked and mountainous while others hug the sea with hilly terrains. French and Austrian customs influence the northern regions while Southern regions have absorbed many Arab and Greek customs. The unique distinction between the various provinces makes Italian food infinitely diverse reflecting these many cultural differences. These diverse recipes offer old world Italian favorites that embody a tasty combination of superb regional recipes with delicious ingredients for soups, appetizers, pastas, main dishes, vegetables, salads, desserts, biscotti's, breads, focaccia, pizzas, and exciting sauces that taste good, and are simple and easy to make. One of the first pleasures we experience in life is eating. It is a large part of the good times, holidays, and special celebrations that we share with family and friends. Transport yourself to the culinary world of simple and healthy country cooking with tasty recipes including traditional seasonal recipes and fun filled festive holiday menus including a special 'nuvo cuisine' section with signature dishes from several notable chefs. Fresh fish, lean cuts of fresh meats, poultry, herbs and spices, are utilized in these nutritional dishes that combine authentic recipes of the "old world" with the abundant ingredients of the "new world." There is nothing better than a good meal with a fine wine to lighten the spirit and warm the heart. Peasant and elegant regional and contemporary foods are matched to a wide selection of full-bodied reds, crisp and fruity whites, Spumante, and unique golden wines.

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John Oliano a retired chief executive and co-founder of an international electronics firm developed his love of cooking and regional Italian cuisine while traveling extensively throughout Italy where prominent Italian companies employed his ultrasonic nondestructive testing products. He finds it challenging to duplicate the many meals that he has enjoyed during his Italian travels by interpreting the ingredients found in the elegant dishes of renowned Italian ristorantes and the simple home style cooking of small village trattorias and family homes that he has visited in Italy. He often persuaded the chefs of the Italian eateries where he has dined to give him a tour of their kitchens and the secrets of house recipes. John enjoys writing about his food experiences and sharing his childhood memories of family cooking and Italian holiday traditions that he enjoyed while growing up in the Italian communities of New Haven and Woodbridge, Connecticut. As a retired executive, recreational cook, and award winning homemade winemaker he relishes the art of cooking and enjoys the culinary aspects and self-expression that cooking for family and friends provides. John has appeared on QVC with a special pizza dough and pizza baking process that he developed. His curiosity for new recipes and his quest for the perfect meal have inspired him to share a wide variety of Italian specialties with family and friends. John and his wife Gina DiNello Oliano have attended several cooking schools in Italy. John authored the Washington Crossing Inn Cookbook, and for the past few years, he and Gina wrote, a restaurant and entertainment review for In Your Prime a monthly Bucks County, Pennsylvania newspaper. Gina is a member, and John is a trustee of the Piazza Nuova Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America, Yardley, Pennsylvania. They have three children and six grandchildren. They reside in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania and Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

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