Ciao Italia Pronto!: 30-Minute Recipes from an Italian Kitchen

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What could be better than an authentic Italian dinner like this that takes only thirty minutes to prepare?

Little Ciabatta Toasts with Ricotta and Salami

Skillet Breaded Pork Chops with Rosemary

Cherry Tomatoes with Leeks and Thyme

Dried Figs in Red Wine

From years of cooking in her Ciao Italia television kitchen, Mary Ann Esposito ...

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Overview

What could be better than an authentic Italian dinner like this that takes only thirty minutes to prepare?

Little Ciabatta Toasts with Ricotta and Salami

Skillet Breaded Pork Chops with Rosemary

Cherry Tomatoes with Leeks and Thyme

Dried Figs in Red Wine

From years of cooking in her Ciao Italia television kitchen, Mary Ann Esposito understands what many people with busy lives, as well as those just beginning to learn their way around the kitchen, want to know: How do I prepare an authentic Italian meal without spending hours in the kitchen? In Ciao Italia, Pronto!, Mary Ann shows everyone how to prepare an authentic Italian meal in thirty minutes with more than eighty mouthwatering recipes from the entire gamut of Italian cuisine. She's gathered together a treasure trove of antipasti, soups, pasta dishes, main courses, vegetable side dishes, pizzas, calzones, and deserts that make easy and delicious meals for family and friends. Besides recipes for dishes like quick chicken cacciatore, macaroni with a rich lamb sauce or Cornish game hens with tomatoes and potatoes, Mary Ann shares her how-tos of cooking Italian quickly and authentically:

· how to maximize your time in the grocery store

· how to create a Pronto! pantry filled with staples

· how to have a cooking plan and multitask as the preparation gets underway

· how to get several meals out of a single preparation

· how to use seasonal fruits and vegetables to greatest effect.

For good measure, Mary Ann adds a dozen Pronto! menus to show readers how to combine the dishes, as well as a select list of mail order and online sources for specialty items. So, instead of bringing home fast food or prepared frozen dishes from the grocery story, involve the whole family, spend thirty minutes with Mary Ann, and bring a little la dolce vita—-as Italians would say, "the good life"—- to your kitchen. Without fuss or bother, Mary Ann Esposito shows you how to bring an authentic taste of Italy to the table for your friends and family.

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"Italian food is by nature simple, and Esposito's everyday fare perfectly exemplifies that minimalism."

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After writing seven Italian cookbooks, Esposito, host of the PBS series Ciao Italia (now in its 15th season), has successfully devoted one to cooks who are time-pressed but still want to enjoy authentic Italian flavors. It covers antipasti, pasta, sauces, meats, sides, pizzas and desserts, with bolstering chapters on time-saving techniques (e.g., using leftovers effectively), stocking ingredients for the "pronto pantry" and planning menus for various occasions (most of Esposito's recipes are impressive enough for entertaining). Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Orange Marmalade Sauce manages to capture a roasted-all-day taste in 20 minutes, and would make a lovely meal when accompanied by one of Esposito's several appetizing salads. Making a large batch of the Tomato Sauce and freezing it-a favorite activity of Italian-American home cooks-proves worthwhile as it is a frequent ingredient in numerous recipes, including Lazy Lasagna, and Layered Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole. Italian food is by nature simple, and Esposito's everyday fare perfectly exemplifies that minimalism. 8-page color photo insert. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312339081
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.73 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Esposito is the host of the public television series Ciao Italia, now in its fourteenth season. She is the author of seven successful cookbooks, including Ciao Italia in Umbria and Ciao Italia—Bringing Italy Home. She lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Foreword xv
Introduction 1
Pronto Pantry 5
Pronto Antipasti 13
Pronto Soups 29
Pronto Pasta 39
Pronto Sauces 59
Pronto Main Dishes 73
Pronto Vegetables and Salads 107
Pronto Tramezzini 135
Pronto Desserts 156
Pronto Menus 180
Mail Order 190
Index 197
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