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cookbook review: A Tuscan-American Kitchen by Cassandra Vivian and Vivian Pelini Sansone

Authors: Cassandra Vivian & Vivian Pelini Sansone
Publisher: Pelican
Soft Cover : 416 Pages
Photos: No...but there are illustrations

Chapters/Sections: Introduction, Tuscan Country Cooking, The Immigrant Year, Shopping all'Italiana, Our Italian Kitchen, Appetizers, Beverages, Breads, Schiaccate, and Pizzas, Desserts, Fish and Game, Meat: Beef, Meat: Lamb and Veal, Meat: Pork, Omelets, Eggs, and Egg Tortes, Pasta Poultry, Rice, Salads, Snacks, and Sandwiches, Sauces, Soups, Vegetables, Grand Mixed Fry

Unique or Cool Features:  The whole first part of this book is fascinating reading!  Before you even flip through the numerous pages of recipes, you'll find an Introduction (seriously, it's interesting enough to merit a mention), The Immigrant Year, Shoppinng all'Italiana, and Our Italian Kitchen.  Combined, they make up a total of 70 fact-filled, history-laden good reading.  While I think so many recipes are sound fabulous, I'd buy it just to read this primer.

(a few of the) Recipes Destined for my Kitchen:  Schiacciate con Uva, Chestnut Cake w/ Rosemary & Pinenuts, Halibut Steak w/ Anchovy Sauce,  Braciole Arrotolate con Ripieno, Pork Chops w/ White Beans, Homemade Salami, Savory Prosciutto and Ricotta Pie, Chickpea Soup w/ Egg Noodles

My Thoughts/Review:  Not only is this a jam-packed is also a fantastic guide.  There are no color photos, but since I look at this as sort of a handbook/workbook, I don't think this detracts from the glory of this book.  It does have wonderfully drawn illustrations when something needs a visual accompaniment, though.  Originally published in 1993 and titled Immigrant's Kitchen: Italian, it has been updated to compliment the new American pantry and cooking methods.  Distinctions have been noted throughout the book as to whether a recipe is Tuscan or from a different Italian region.  A great addition to any Italiaphile's, food-lover's, bookworm's, or cook's bookshelf.
My copy is bursting with bookmarks and wonderful illustrations
 *I received a free copy of this book to review from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.
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