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Italian Cuisine

Everyone has a favorite Italian dish they cook over and over, but for those who want to try something new, try one of the following Italian cookbooks. Descriptions are from the www.bccls.org catalog. Click on the title to order a copy of the book from BCCLS (Have your library card number handy). Contact the library if you need help or have any questions.

Lidia's Celebrate Like an Italian by Lidia Bastianich

No one throws a party like Lidia Bastianich! And now, in this delightful new cookbook, she gives us 220 fantastic recipes for entertaining with that distinctly Bastianich flare. From Pear Bellinis to Carrot and Chickpea Dip, from Campanelle with Fennel and Shrimp to Berry Tiramisu--these are dishes your guests will love, no matter the occasion.

Giada's Italy by Giada De Laurentiis

America knows and loves Giada De Laurentiis for her lighter, healthier takes on classic Italian fare. In her newest cookbook, she invites fans and home cooks to get to know the flavors and stories that have inspired her life's work. Here, she shares recipes for authentic Italian dishes as her family has prepared them for years while infusing them with her signature fresh flavors to make them her own.

The Southern Italian Table by Arthur Schwartz

An aficionado of all things Italian, Schwartz takes the reader on a culinary journey through Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily and Molise. Along the way, he shares recipes along with tidbits of information about regional traditions, common ingredients such as olives and salumi, and items of special significance such as broken spaghetti. 

Laura in the Kitchen by Laura Vitale

When Laura Vitale moved from Naples to the United States at age twelve, she cured her homesickness by cooking up endless pots of her nonna's sauce. She went on to work in her father's pizzeria, but when his restaurant suddenly closed, she knew she had to find her way back into the kitchen. Together with her husband, she launched her Internet cooking show, Laura in the Kitchen , where her enthusiasm, charm, and irresistible recipes have won her millions of fans.

French Cuisine

We’ve scoured the internet looking for great French cuisine cookbooks and while there are many books that have made the many best-of lists, the following cookbooks are mentioned over and over.  Descriptions are from the www.bccls.org catalog. Click on the title to order a copy of the book from BCCLS (Have your library card number handy). Contact the library if you need help or have any questions.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simon Beck

For over fifty years, New York Times bestseller Mastering the Art of French Cooking has been the definitive book on the subject for American readers. Featuring 524 delicious recipes, in its pages home cooks will find something for everyone, from seasoned experts to beginners who love good food and long to reproduce the savory delights of French cuisine, from historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas.

The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes From My Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier

Award-winning food blogger Dusoulier's new cookbook defies categorization, in a good way. Her 90 vegetarian recipes-appetizing creations such as tomato mustard tart, leeks vinaigrette, and ratatouille tian-are distinctly French yet light on animal products. Many call for healthful ingredients such as almond butter, chickpea flour, and seaweed flakes but never seem overtly "healthy."

Around My French Table: More than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Acclaimed writer and baking wizard Greenspan, author of the James Beard Award-winning Baking, celebrates French home cooking in this noteworthy and visually stunning collection. A part-time Paris resident for more than a decade, Greenspan focuses on what French people really eat at home: easy-to-prepare yet flavorful dishes that are suitable for just about any time of day. From Bacon and Eggs and Asparagus Salad to Chicken in a Pot to Veal Chops with Rosemary Butter, her offerings are hardy, mostly uncomplicated, and superbly appetizing.

The Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple But Classic French Recipes by Rachel Khoo

Khoo takes a modern approach to Cordon Bleu cookery. Discover a new spin on much loved classics, and join her as she lives out the edible adventure that is Paris.

My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from Chez Panisse pastry chef turned popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way modern Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David's Parisian kitchen.

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