“Lidia’s Italy” cookbook subtitled “140 Simple and Delicious Recipes From The Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most” by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich. Published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2007, the book is a hard cover with a dust jacket measuring 8¼ x 9¼ inches with 364 pages. It is in very excellent gently used condition, it pretty much looks brand new.
Featuring 140 mouthwatering new recipes, a gastronomic journey of the Italian regions that have inspired and informed Lidia Bastianich’s legendary cooking. For the home cook and the armchair traveler alike, Lidia’s Italy offers a short introduction to ten regions of Italy–from Piemonte to Puglia–with commentary on nearby cultural treasures by Lidia’s daughter Tanya, an art historian. In Istria, now part of Croatia, where Lidia grew up, she forages again for wild asparagus, using it in a delicious soup and a frittata; Sauerkraut with Pork and Roast Goose with Mlinzi reflect the region’s Middle European influences; and buzara , an old mariner’s stew, draws on fish from the nearby sea. From Trieste, Lidia gives seafood from the Adriatic, Viennese-style breaded veal cutlets and Beef Goulash, and Sacher Torte and Apple Strudel. From Friuli, where cows graze on the rich tableland, comes Montasio cheese to make fricos ; the corn fields yield polenta for Velvety Cornmeal-Spinach Soup. In Padova and Treviso rice reigns supreme, and Lidia discovers hearty soups and risottos that highlight local flavors. In Piemonte, the robust Barolo wine distinguishes a fork-tender stufato of beef; local white truffles with scrambled eggs is “heaven on a plate”; and a bagna cauda serves as a dip for local vegetables, including prized cardoons. In Maremma, where hunting and foraging are a way of life, earthy foods are mainstays, such as slow-cooked rabbit sauce for pasta or gnocchi and boar tenderloin with prune-apple Sauce, with Galloping Figs for dessert. In Rome Lidia revels in the fresh artichokes and fennel she finds in the Campo dei Fiori and brings back nine different ways of preparing them. In Naples she gathers unusual seafood recipes and a special way of making limoncello-soaked cakes. From Sicily’s Palermo she brings back panelle, the delicious fried chickpea snack; a caponata of stewed summer vegetables; and the elegant Cannoli Napoleon. In Puglia, at Italy’s heel, where durum wheat grows at its best, she makes some of the region’s glorious pasta dishes and re-creates a splendid focaccia from Altamura. There’s something for everyone in this rich and satisfying book that will open up new horizons even to the most seasoned lover of Italy. There are 140 delectable recipes to be found as you make this journey with Lidia. And along the way, with Tanya to guide you, you’ll stop to admire Raphael’s fresco Triumph of Galatea , a short walk from the market in Rome; the two enchanting women in the Palazzo Abbatellis in Palermo; and the Roman ruins in Friuli, among many other delights. The incomparable Lidia takes readers on a gastronomic journey, exploring ten different Italian regions that have inspired her cooking.