Ciao Italia--Bringing Italy Home by Mary Ann Esposito

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With a loyal viewership in the millions, ten successful seasons on PBS, and five immensely popular cookbooks to her name, Mary Ann Esposito is America's favorite Italian cook. A former school teacher who studied with chefs across Italy before posing the idea for "Ciao Italia" to her local public television station, Esposito brings traditional Italian cooking to life with her down-to-earth approach, warm personality, and good humor.

Ciao Italia--Bringing Italy Home ties in with the show's eleventh season, which will air on more than 150 public television stations across the country. The series--and the book--will take fans on a culinary tour of Italy, region by region, with all-new recipes, personal reflections, and Mary Ann's unique warmth and style. Chapters cover the Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Campania, and Sicily; also featured--and never before published anywhere--are viewers' most-requested recipes, and specialties made by guest chefs on the program.

TV chefs come and go, but Mary Ann Esposito has established herself as a standard bearer who appeals to every segment of the American public--men and women, adults and children, seasoned cooks as well as novices. Join her "nella cucina" (in the kitchen) for her most exciting and ambitious cookbook yet--a mouth-watering tribute to her ancestral home, her loyal viewers, and the amazing gift of great Italian food.
 

About Mary Ann Esposito

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Mary Ann Esposito is the author of five previous cookbooks, which have sold more than 400,000 hardcover copies combined. She lives in Durham, New Hampshire.
 
Published May 4, 2001 by St. Martin's Press. 416 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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Without Esposito's confident voice and knack for careful visual demonstration, the written instructions may occasionally seem vague, but other than a few surprises, such as lamb and dandelion casserole, most of the dishes are familiar entries from the Italian canon: Lasagne con Carciofi e Ricotta...

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In this volume, which compiles favorite recipes passed down from her grandmothers and mother, Esposito argues for a return to the family dinner table, where meals are shared alongside memories and the traditional Italian values of food and togetherness are celebrated.

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The host of the PBS series Ciao Italia makes this companion volume reflect her dual roles as worldly-wise TV cooking teacher and grateful granddaughter of Italian immigrants.

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Known particularly for its olive oil and truffles, the area in the middle of Italy's boot (bordering Tuscany) specializes in such dishes as Veal with Black Truffles;

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therefore, Venetians substitute butter for olive oil in many of their recipes.) These 130 new recipes, which she is promoting concurrently on her TV show, are, for the most part, rustic and unpretentious: foods eaten by real families as part of their daily lives, such as the Venetian dishes Torte...

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In her newest cookbook, the host of the PBS series Ciao Italia continues to share the breadth and simplicity of authentic Italian cuisine made from fresh, season

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