304 pages, 9.41 × 8.31 × 0.87 in
October 15, 2013
Appetite by Random House
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 044901620X
ISBN - 13: 9780449016206
Read from the Book
SKILLET GRATIN OF MUSHROOMS AND CHICKEN Gratinata di Pollo e Funghi When you’re talking about chicken, everybody today assumes you are talking about chicken breasts. But I happen to feel that chicken breasts can be awfully dry if not cooked properly. This recipe, when done right, retains moisture in the breast, and the combination of ingredients gives it a rich and savory complexity of flavors. All you need to serve with it is a tossed salad, and you have a complete meal. Serves 6 6 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each) 1 teaspoon kosher salt All- purpose flour, for dredging 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil 12 large shiitake mushrooms, stems removed 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 6 fresh sage leaves ½ cup white wine ½ cup prepared tomato sauce 6 tablespoons grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano Pound the chicken to about ½- inch thickness (or butterfly to the same thickness). Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon of salt. Dredge the chicken lightly in the fl our and tap off any excess. In a large cast- iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Lightly brown the chicken on both sides, about 2 minutes per side, then remove to a plate. Once the chicken is out of the skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, mushroom caps, and garlic. Season with the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Drizzle with ¼ cup of water, and cook until the mushrooms are
From the Publisher
In her beautifully illustrated new cookbook, Lidia Bastianich lays out a comprehensive curriculum of wise cooking tips--from the cutting board to the kitchen table. Channeling the instructive elements from her TV show, she teaches us that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal. As storyteller and chef, she draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate. Recalling lessons learned from her mother, Erminia, and her grandmother Nonna Rosa, Lidia pays homage to the kitchen sages who inspired her.
Whether it's Citrus Roasted Veal, or Rustic Ricotta Tart, each recipe is a tangible feast. We learn to look at ingredients as both geographic and cultural indicators. In Campania, the region where mozzarella is king, we discover it best eaten three hours after preparation. In Genova we are taught that while focaccia had its basil origins in the Ligurain culinary tradition, the herbs and flavorings will change from region to region; as home chefs, we can experiment with rosemary or oregano or olives or onions! When it's time for dessert, Lidia draws on the scared customs of nuns in Italian monasteries and convents and reveals the secret to rice pudding with a blessing.
Lidia's Commonsense Guide to Italian Cooking is a collection of 150 delectable recipes, told with commonsense cooking wisdom, that teaches us how create simple, seasonal Italian dishes with grace, confidence and love.
About the Author
LIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH is the author of eight previous cookbooks, five of which have been accompanied by nationally syndicated public television series. She is the owner of the New York City restaurant Felidia, among others, and she gives lectures on Italian cuisine throughout the country. She lives on Long Island, New York.
TANYA BASTIANICH MANUALI received her PhD in Renaissance art history from Oxford University. In 1996 she started Esperienze Italiane, a travel company that arranges food, wine, and art tours to Italy. She also coauthors cookbooks with her mother, Lidia; manages Lidia's product line; and serves as the cultural and art consultant for the art series. She lives on Long Island, New York.