Verdura by Viana LA Place
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Named to Cooking Light magazine’s list of the Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years


Since its first publication in 1991, Viana La Place's Verdura has become a much loved classic. And with good reason: Its 300 irresistible recipes represent the best of the Italian approach to vegetable preparation, an earthy yet spirited technique that celebrates fresh ingredients simply treated. Many readers have made the book their vegetable cooking bible; those who have not yet added it to their kitchen libraries will want to do so.

Contending that eating well-prepared vegetables helps us to appreciate life's natural cycles, La Place presents recipes for antipastos, salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, risottos, pizzas, and much more. The vegetables she explores run from the familiar - artichokes, aubergines, radicchio - to the more exotic, such as chayote, cardoons, and brocciflower. (La Place sautés this cauliflower-broccoli hybrid in garlic and oil, then tops it with pungent provolone.) Other recipes, such as Soup of Dried Fava Beans with Fresh Fennel, Fettucine with Peas, Green Onions, and Mint, Grilled Bread with Mushrooms and Herbs, and Baked Red Pepper Fritatta, give further evidence of La Place's original yet thoughtful way with the earth's bounty.

Desserts are also included, among them Watermelon with Bittersweet Chocolate Shavings, Grilled Figs with Honey and Walnuts, and Lemon Granita and Brioche. With a vegetable and herb guide and an ingredient glossary, Verdura provides comprehensive information while exciting the palate.
 

About Viana LA Place

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Viana La Place is the author of numerous books on Italian cooking, including "Desserts" and "Sweet Snacks, Rustic Italian Style, " and "Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini. " She lives in San Francisco and spends part of each year in Italy.
 
Published September 19, 2010 by Grub Street Cookery. 320 pages
Genres: Cooking, History, War. Non-fiction

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The co-author of those sprightly Italian recipe collections Pasta Fresca (1985) and Cucina Rustica (1990) single-handedly takes on Italian ways with vegetables here, as she roasts, fries, stuffs, tosses, and even smashes them against the table in a variety of antipasti, soup, stews, pastas, salad...

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The co-author of those sprightly Italian recipe collections Pasta Fresca (1985) and Cucina Rustica (1990) single-handedly takes on Italian ways with vegetables here, as she roasts, fries, stuffs, tosses, and even smashes them against the table in a variety of antipasti, soup, stews, pastas, salad...

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It ``represents a style of cooking directly related to nature.'' By scouring the homes and restaurants of Italy, here she proves her case with 250 recipes and 50 menus featuring ``vegetables in all their remarkable variety''--antipasti, salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas, risotti, tarts and stews.

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Verdura has more fresh, fast Italian and Italian-style recipes from the .

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