Title: Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Buy This Book: Cucina Povera: Tuscan Peasant Cooking
Italian cookbook authority Pamela Sheldon Johns presents more than 60 peasant-inspired dishes from the heart of Tuscany inside Cucina Povera. This book is more than a collection of recipes of “good food for hard times.” La cucina povera is a philosophy of not wasting anything edible and of using technique to make every bite as tasty as possible. Budget-conscious dishes utilizing local and seasonal fruits and vegetables create everything from savory pasta sauces, crusty breads and slow-roasted meats to flavorful vegetable accompaniments and end-of-meal sweets.
The recipes inside Cucina Povera have been collected during the more than 20 years Johns has spent in Tuscany. Dishes such as Ribollita (Bread Soup), Pollo Arrosto al Vin Santo (Chicken with Vin Santo Sauce), and Ciambellone (Tuscan Ring Cake) are adapted from the recipes of Johns’ neighbors, friends, and local Italian food producers. Lavish color and black-and-white photographs mingle with Johns’ recipes and personal reflections to share an authentic interpretation of rustic Italian cooking inside Cucina Povera.
Peasants are the most important part of any country. They are the backbone and it is no wonder why some of the best foods come from peasant cooking. These recipes, cooked for generations, are grown with love. I really loved this book! Coming from a long linage of Italians, I specifically know a few good recipes myself. Pamela Sheldon Johns brings the heart of Tuscany to your table. The photography is gorgeous; sets you in the middle of Tuscany’s beautiful countrysides. There is so many great recipes in this book it is hard to pick a favorite! Cucina Povera is a lovely cook book with simple ingredients and fantastically easy recipes. If you pick up this book, try the Ribollita (Bread Soup), it would be the closest to my favorite!
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