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Simple Italian Cookery   By: (1876-)

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Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola is a delightful culinary guide that takes readers on a journey through the vibrant and mouthwatering world of Italian cuisine. Filled with timeless recipes and invaluable cooking tips, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to bring the flavors of Italy into their kitchen.

One of the standout features of this book is its simplicity. Isola's instructions are clear and concise, making even the most inexperienced cooks feel confident in their culinary endeavors. The recipes are organized in a logical manner, starting with starters and continuing through pasta dishes, meat and fish courses, and, of course, delectable desserts.

The author's love for Italian food is evident throughout the pages, as she writes with incredible passion and enthusiasm. Each recipe is accompanied by a charming anecdote or a personal touch that adds a certain warmth and authenticity to the book. It is as if Isola is inviting you into her own kitchen, sharing her family traditions and secret techniques.

The range of dishes presented in Simple Italian Cookery is quite impressive. From classic dishes like spaghetti carbonara and lasagna to lesser-known gems such as saltimbocca and cannoli, there is something to satisfy every palate. Isola also provides alternatives for vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions, ensuring that no one is left out of the Italian feast.

What sets this cookbook apart from others is its focus on using fresh and simple ingredients. Isola emphasizes the importance of quality produce, urging readers to source the best ingredients available. This philosophy helps to showcase the vibrant flavors of Italian cuisine and lets the ingredients shine in their simplicity.

Furthermore, the book is filled with stunning photographs that depict the finished dishes in all their mouthwatering glory. The visuals not only help to inspire the reader but also provide a visual guide for those less familiar with Italian cuisine. It is impossible to flip through the book without feeling a sudden desire to head to the kitchen and whip up something delicious.

In conclusion, Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola is a delightful culinary treasure trove that brings the flavors of Italy to life. With its simple yet delicious recipes, personal touch, and beautiful visuals, it is an essential addition to any cookbook collection. Whether you are a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, this book will guide you on a culinary adventure, tantalizing your taste buds and leaving you yearning for more.

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Antonia Isola


Soups Macaroni and other Pastes Rice, Etc. Sauces Eggs Fish Vegetables Meats Salads Desserts Index


BEEF SOUP STOCK ( Brodo di Carne )

1 pound of round of beef 2 quarts of water 2 small, new carrots, or 1/2 of an old carrot 1/2 pound of beef bones 2 small potatoes 1 onion 1 tomato, fresh or canned Parsley

Boil the beef, bones, and vegetables in two quarts of water over a slow fire adding pepper and salt. Skim occasionally, and after two hours add two tablespoons of sherry; then strain through fine soup strainer or cheese cloth. This is the basis of all the following soups, except when otherwise stated.

To make this stock richer, add a turkey leg to above receipt; boil one and a half hours, then add one half a pound of finely chopped beef. Cook for half an hour longer, then strain.

To make meat jelly, add a little gelatine to the soup stock five minutes before straining.

To give a good dark color to the stock, add a few drops of "caramel," which is prepared in the following manner:

Put three tablespoons of granulated sugar into a saucepan with a little water, and until the sugar has become dark and reddish; then add a little more water and boil again until the sugar is melted... Continue reading book >>

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