Italian Baking Secrets by Father Giuseppe Orsini

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Italian Baking Secrets is Father Orsini's sixth cookbook, and once again the reader gets not only wonderful recipes from the great tasting cuisine of Italy, but the "retired" priest's entertaining comments.  Father Orsini knows how to make good food great, and his directions come with the bonus of his wide knowledge.
The book begins with what to most of us is an amazing story: how the use of grain developed as long ago as---or possibly even prior to---the Neolithic period. Orsini tells us about the grains that were raised---and eaten---more than eight thousand years ago. Through  charming and fascinating anecdotes, he lets us see the way bread has evolved, from flat loaves baked on hot stones to the myriad breads that have evolved in Italy alone---making our mouths water to hear about them.
 But don't let the author's charming storytelling keep you from his recipes; if you do, you will miss some delicious and easy-to-make dishes you might otherwise never taste---and once tasted, you will want to make them again and again.

About Father Giuseppe Orsini

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Father Giuseppe Orsini is the author of five previous books on Italian cooking, the most recent being Cooking Rice with an Italian Accent! He claims to be retired, but he still manages to minister occasionally in an Italian parish in New Jersey, and to hold office in several Italian-American community organizations. 
Published April 3, 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books. 288 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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Asserting that food must nurture both body and soul, retired Catholic priest Orsini (Father Orsini's Italian Kitchen) celebrates the family values inherent in food by prefacing each of his delicious recipes with a short, food-related anecdote about his family and friends.

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Giuseppe Orsini's seventh title (including Cooking Rice with an Italian Accent ), which includes useful, well-written prose on the history of bread in Italy as well as baking basics, ingredients (including thorough entries on cheese and herbs) and tools.

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