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Make It Italian: The Taste and Technique of Italian Home Cooking

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    This is THE book to have!

    This book is just fantastic - from start to finish! It takes you through the building of a recipe from buying the ingredients to the techniques involved to prepare. Each section, Soup, Pasta, Meat, etc. gives you recipes that build on each other and then ends with suggestions on how to swing out on your own. When reading the book you feel as though Nancy is standing in your kitchen - her voice is clear and eloquent. A few weeks ago, my father asked me how to make Bolognese sauce. I gave him Nancy's book and told him to read her recipe (that is wildly easy and delicious). I explained the arrangement of the book and he went to work reading the chapter on pasta. After that he was hooked! He made a shopping list to stock his pantry and couldn't wait to get started. He said it was as though he'd been to an Italian cooking class. Make It Italian has become my standard wedding shower, birthday - anything present. Not to be forgotten is Nancy's 'We Called It Macaroni.' I have used it a thousand times. Her sundried tomatoes and mascarpone appetizer is requested by dinner guests and when it's my turn to bring an hors d¿oeuvre

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Cream of the Crop: "Make it Italian" is my Nonna in the Kitchen!

    Want me to get to the nitty gritty?

    Cons: It lacks photos of the dishes and techniques. I wish they would reprint this book with that input and it would be a six star on a five star scale.

    Pros: I have read so many Italian cookbooks over the last few years and this is the one I always return to for accurate help. Nancy goes through the flavors that say Italian in chapter one. This is an essential chapter for anybody who was not born and raised in Italy. She explains all the types of cooking fats and how to use them. Then she teaches you about the aromatics. And on she goes through the list teaching you about key ingredients and the techniques to make them speak Italian! :)

    In recipes, Nancy teaches us the main themes and then gives us variations. She encourages one to develop their own alterations of her recipes to make them their very own. She teaches one about flexibility, when one plans to make something and is missing an ingredient...her Nonna and mine never gave up, they found a substitute ingredient. Maybe it was because my Grandmas/Nonnas lived through the Great Depression that they understand how to make do with what you have on hand. It is a skill to desire and acquire.

    I have went from following Italian recipes to creating my own and sharing them on my Italiano Connection blog, in great part thanks to this book. Her warmth spills through on every page and I feel like Nancy is with me in the kitchen, guiding me through my Italian amateur chef endeavors. I owe more to this Italian cookbook than all others combined. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Over hyped

    I was disappointed by this cookbook. Nothing impressed me. There are NO pictures and the book is only divided into a few chapters. There is no preview page before each chapter to let you know all the recipes. Plus, the index is inaccurate.

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