CIAO ITALIA: Cookbook by Mary Ann Esposito
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CIAO ITALIA: MY LIFELONG FOOD ADVENTURES IN ITALY
Legions of loyal fans of Mary Ann Esposito’s groundbreaking
PBS cooking show CIAO ITALIA have enjoyed cooking with and learning from this
beloved television personality, a trailblazer who helped spark a billion dollar
food media industry and paved the way for countless other television chefs.
Fans have three words to describe her cooking style: traditional, authentic and
passionate. From creating and launching CIAO ITALIA in 1989 to authoring 12
cookbooks, Esposito has inspired a worldwide audience who want to know more
about Italian food and culture.
Mary Ann’s years of travel have made it clear that there is
no such thing as “Italian food,” there is only regional food spread among the
20 diverse regions of the boot. CIAO ITALIA: MY LIFELONG FOOD ADVENTURES IN
ITALY stays true to traditions and sets out to keep the soul of Italian
regional cooking alive, while giving readers a new appreciation and way of
looking at Italy’s rich artisan food culture. Also part memoir and travelogue,
what sets CIAO ITALIA: MY LIFELONG FOOD ADVENTURES IN ITALY apart from other
Italian cookbooks is Mary Ann’s constant search for what gives the recipes
meaning and how they can be adapted to anyone’s lifestyle and level of cooking
skill. Mary Ann shows that it is the quality of the ingredients that is the
bedrock of Italian regional foods.
CIAO ITALIA: MY LIFELONG FOOD ADVENTURES IN ITALY offers
recipes. Written in her signature
friendly voice, this book emphasizes from scratch cooking, focused on fresh
ingredients and the healthy components of the Mediterranean diet. Recipes for
unique dishes like savory meat stuffed olives from the Marche region, sassy
spaghetti alla puttanesca from Naples, and the most delicious and unusual
chocolate cookies from Modica, Sicily with a surprise ingredient, will have
readers cooking and sharing with friends and family in no time at all. Whether
planning for special meals, or simple snacks, the new book has options for any
occasion with wine pairings included for certain dishes.
In personal essays, Mary Ann tells the story of how such
beloved foods as Parmigiano-Reggiano, prosciutto di Parma, ricotta cheese and
balsamic vinegar are made. She takes us to a San Marzano canning factory in
Straino to learn what a San Marzano tomato really is and she introduces the
reader to wonderful places off the beaten path, like the medieval stone city of
Gubbio where a very unusual race takes place. Mary Ann also shares some of the
unique experiences she has had both making and eating food with native Italians
in their homes and restaurants.
CIAO ITALIA: MY LIFELONG FOOD ADVENTURES IN ITALY features recipes for over 160 authentic Italian dishes, along with 60 original full-color food photographs by John Hession, as well as over 30 scenic images and personal photos from the author’s travel archives. The varying components of the book – recipes, tradition, narrative, photography – proves that la dolce vita is certainly alive and well in Italy.