The Splendid Table

by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

from the publisher

Just when you thought you knew the best of Northern Italy, along comes Lynne RossettoKasper to introduce you to Emilia-Romagna, a fertile wedge between Milan, Venice, and Florence, as gastronomically important as any land in the world. The lush homeland of balsamic vinegar, Prosciutto di Parma, tortellini, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this is a region venerated by Italy's food cognoscenti. "Ask an Italian where to take only one meal in Italy, and, after recommending his mother's house, he will more than likely send you to EmiliaRomagna,"writes Kasper.

A cuisine at once voluptuous and refined, the dishes of Emilia-Romagna's kitchen are literally irresistible. just listen to the names"Little" Spring Soup from the 17th Century, His Eminence's Baked Penne, Modena Crumbling Cake. Then imagine sitting down to a dish of Hot Caramelized Pears with Prosciutto, a Risotto of Red Wine with Fresh Rosemary or a Pie of Polenta and Country Ragú

The first American book to present the food of this singular northern region, The Splendid Table is an Italian cookbook for the nineties. It will take you from Parma, Bologna, Modena, Ravenna, and Ferrara to tiny villages in the foothills of the Apennines, from Renaissance banquet halls to the simplest of farmhouses, offering history, folklore, and substantive cooking tips along the way.

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Original Publisher
William Morrow & Company
Date of publication
1992
ISBN
0688089631

Recommended by

Fred Plotkin

Authority on Italian food and opera

One of the trailblazing books about Italian food as a product of regional and local history, agriculture and heritage. Kasper takes recipes that are often complicated to prepare and requiring ingredients that must be perfect for the dish to succeed and miraculously makes them work thanks to superb cooking skills and a clear writer’s voice. The fact that the cuisine comes from Emilia-Romagna, a region with a rich larder and matchless food wisdom, means that the author had a superb subject to address and she did honour to it.

Lidia Bastianich

Restaurateur, chef and author

Robert Stephens

Founder, The Geek Squad

Marvin J. Taylor

Director, Fales Library and Special Collections

Jayne Cohen

Cookbook author and food journalist

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