Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories



10 thoughts on “Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily

  1. says:

    This may very well be my favorite cookbook travel journal ever Being of Italian heritage, it spoke to my heart in so many ways That being said, it wouldn t matter if you are Italian or not this is a great cookbook and a great read.The author travels throughout Italy, and as the title suggests, she cooks with Italian grandmothers Along the way, she makes lifelong friends, eats amazing food, and feeds her soul as well as her tummy.I plan on buying a few copies of this book for Christmas prese This may very well be my favorite cookbook travel journal ever Being of Italian heritage, it spoke to my heart in so many ways That being said, it wouldn t matter if you are Italian or not this is a great cookbook and a great read.The author travels throughout Italy, and as the title suggests, she cooks with Italian grandmothers Along the way, she makes lifelong friends, eats amazing food, and feeds her soul as well as her tummy.I plan on buying a few copies of this book for Christmas presents this year it s that good


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    This book is a treasure As a young chef, Jessica spent a year in Italy, learning from Italian grandmothers about food and about life She spent several weeks with each of the twelve women, and dedicated a chapter to each one and her recipes The women s life stories and wisdom are interwoven with a wonderful collection of truly mouth watering recipes.Here is one of my favorite quotes Carluccia taught me to pay attention to each little thing in my cooking Where is this fruit or vegetable in it This book is a treasure As a young chef, Jessica spent a year in Italy, learning from Italian grandmothers about food and about life She spent several weeks with each of the twelve women, and dedicated a chapter to each one and her recipes The women s life stories and wisdom are interwoven with a wonderful collection of truly mouth watering recipes.Here is one of my favorite quotes Carluccia taught me to pay attention to each little thing in my cooking Where is this fruit or vegetable in its life cycle Is the meat from a young animal or an older one And what part of the animal is it from Where are we in the season Has the weather been damp or dry, sunny or cold lately How fresh is the flour Is the water hard or soft What can I infer about my ingredient s flavor and texture And who am I feeding Are they happy, or in need of comfort Are they cold to the bone from being out in the rain, or hot and sweaty Ultimately, what is the most appropriate way for me to cook this food, to bring out the best it has to offer for my friends and family I found Italian Grandmothers at the library, but I m now dying to have my own copy Learning how to cook a time honored Italian dish from an Italian nonnais one of the most delightful experiences in the world This book is the next best thing


  3. says:

    Jessica Theroux takes a year to travel through Italy and spend time with families and grandmothers She learns recipes from the regions and some of the best meals from each person The recipes included are full of stories and connected to the land of each city or town She writes about each place and family for several pages before getting each section of recipes, so it sthan just a cookbook This is definitely a book to own, and I m sad that I have to return it to the library without a ch Jessica Theroux takes a year to travel through Italy and spend time with families and grandmothers She learns recipes from the regions and some of the best meals from each person The recipes included are full of stories and connected to the land of each city or town She writes about each place and family for several pages before getting each section of recipes, so it sthan just a cookbook This is definitely a book to own, and I m sad that I have to return it to the library without a chance to try any recipes


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    I have a confession I collect cookbooks That sounds like it s nothing but you need to understand, I have a serious cookbook addiction As in, every time I order off , you can rest assured that a cookbook or two is heading my way It s getting to the point where I might need to purchaseshelves I love reading cookbooks like picturebooks, having a stack of post its next to me so I can mark what recipes I d like to try This particular cookbook helps my research and also satiates my I have a confession I collect cookbooks That sounds like it s nothing but you need to understand, I have a serious cookbook addiction As in, every time I order off , you can rest assured that a cookbook or two is heading my way It s getting to the point where I might need to purchaseshelves I love reading cookbooks like picturebooks, having a stack of post its next to me so I can mark what recipes I d like to try This particular cookbook helps my research and also satiates my wanderlust just a tad That s why books are so amazing How else could you travel the length of Italy in 24 hours My only complaint is that the story section of the cookbook seems a bit dry I want to connect with all the grandmothers, their stories, their lives, but Ms Theroux presents them with a certain journalistic distance that frustrated me As for the recipes, most of them are labor intensive I can say from previous experience that making fresh pasta is not my thing and there is A LOT of fresh pasta in these recipes However, the few recipes I selected, the ones I have yet to try, seem feasible enough I will report back once I give them a try.Rating 3.5 5


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    This cookbook is a mixture of stories about the Italian grandmothers Jessica spends a year in Italy cooking with as well recipes that come from those meetings The cookbook s goal seems to be gearedtowards authenticity than accessability.There are lots of recipes that are time consuming and or contain hard to find ingredients But unlike some cookbooks, Theroux fully explains techniques needed for these recipes Some people might have a problem with the fact that the some of the recipes ar This cookbook is a mixture of stories about the Italian grandmothers Jessica spends a year in Italy cooking with as well recipes that come from those meetings The cookbook s goal seems to be gearedtowards authenticity than accessability.There are lots of recipes that are time consuming and or contain hard to find ingredients But unlike some cookbooks, Theroux fully explains techniques needed for these recipes Some people might have a problem with the fact that the some of the recipes aren t super accessible but I think there are plenty of cookbooks full of accessible recipes The authenticity of both the stories and recipes is what s great about this one I will also say that Theroux s stories are full of admiration for the people she meets, rather than the self admiration that can come from travelogues


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    This is a very unique and charming cookbook Each chapter has a different quote and hand drawn illustration, like a rabbit or an octopus Each chapter is about a particular region in Italy and a featured grandmother I came upon this book by accident when the Ward Center Borders store was getting rid of its stock before it closed down, and I m SO glad I found it You ll need to see it yourself in order to understand why I love it so much I gifted it to several girlfriends who were delighted to This is a very unique and charming cookbook Each chapter has a different quote and hand drawn illustration, like a rabbit or an octopus Each chapter is about a particular region in Italy and a featured grandmother I came upon this book by accident when the Ward Center Borders store was getting rid of its stock before it closed down, and I m SO glad I found it You ll need to see it yourself in order to understand why I love it so much I gifted it to several girlfriends who were delighted to receive it Love love LOVE this book


  7. says:

    Theroux has so many fascinating glimpses of life in Italy in this book In particular, the sourdough starter and homemade ricotta recipes from local matrons are gems Ricotta al caffe or Ricotta with coffee and honey Simple and sweet My husband really enjoyed this, but he s both a coffee and honey lover, so no surprise there It s like flavored cream cheese, but with ricotta instead Spaghetti with burst tomatoes Spaghetti con pomodori scoppiatiLots of flavor here from the garlic a Theroux has so many fascinating glimpses of life in Italy in this book In particular, the sourdough starter and homemade ricotta recipes from local matrons are gems Ricotta al caffe or Ricotta with coffee and honey Simple and sweet My husband really enjoyed this, but he s both a coffee and honey lover, so no surprise there It s like flavored cream cheese, but with ricotta instead Spaghetti with burst tomatoes Spaghetti con pomodori scoppiatiLots of flavor here from the garlic and sun dried tomatoes my husband loved this recipe I think this would be a great recipe to try with home grown cherry tomatoes and basil instead of the store bought I had to use in December


  8. says:

    I borrowed this from a friend Before the halfway mark it became clear I ll have to buy a copy I loved these grandmothers, especially Daria, we might be kindred cussing spirits.


  9. says:

    I liked this book because it reminded me of my own childhood, growing up at my grandmother s table The author travels to many parts of Italy and then stays with a grandmother in her home These women then teach her how to cook a few of their traditional dishes When she becomes ill during her travels, she learns how truly healing food prepared by these women in the traditional ways can be The recipes are included.


  10. says:

    The best cookbook I ve ever had I m Italian and these recipes are often new too me Everything I ve made almost all the recipes by now has been unbelievably delicious I love the stories and photos too Only downside is many of the recipes are time consuming and there isfocus on rabbit which I haven t been able to find than I d like but those recipes all worked Well with chicken.


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Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily [PDF / EPUB] Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily WINNER IACP Judges Choice Cookbook Award International Association of Culinary Professionals WINNER IPPY Gold Award Independent Publisher Book Awards Best Italian Cookbook of Publisher s WeeklyAmer WINNERIACP Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and PDF/EPUB ² Judges Choice Cookbook Award International Italian Grandmothers: PDF Í Association of Culinary Professionals WINNERIPPY Gold Award Independent Publisher Book Awards Best Italian Cookbook ofPublisher s WeeklyAmerican chef Jessica Theroux spent a year traveling throughout Italy, cooking and talking with Italian grandmothers, learning their secrets and listening to their stories The result is a charming and authentic collection of recipes, techniques, anecdotes, and photographs that celebrate the rustic and sustainable culinary traditions of Italy s most experienced home Cooking with Epub / cooks Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features the histories and menus of fifteen grandmothers, each of whom welcomed Ms Theroux into their kitchens and pantries and shared both their favorite dishes and personal wisdoms From the dramatic winter shores if Ustica to the blooming hills of Tuscany in spring, readers will journey through Italy s most divers regions and seasons, to discover the country s most delectable dishes, from the traditional to the unexpected, and meet with Italian Grandmothers: Kindle Ï the storied women who make them Part travel diary, part photo essay, part cookbook, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features overtime honored recipes, from the perfect panna cotta to the classic meat lasagna Includes Recipes and wisdom fromItalian grandmothers classic Italian recipesA number of regional and seasonal menus, complete from appetizer to dessertOverfull color photographs.