DePalma, pastry chef at upscale Italian restaurant Babbo in New York City (owner Mario Batali contributes a foreword), approaches Italian-American desserts from three directions: traditional Italian (Polenta Cookies from the Veneto); Italian-American, learned at the elbow of her Calabrese grandmother (in a charming introduction, DePalma recalls how her grandmother used to visit her family in Virginia, stepping off the plane from New York bearing hunks of cheese, cans of olive oil and DePalma's favorite taralli); and what are best described as American-Italian. The latter are true hybrid desserts, such as a crustless Yogurt Cheesecake with Pine Nut Brittle, which combines mascarpone and the Greek-style yogurt now widely available in U.S. grocery stores. This concoction has probably never appeared on any menu in Italy, but it successfully marries ingredients and techniques from both places, without losing sight of the genuine quality that is the hallmark of Italian food. DePalma's tone is genuine, too, whether she's recalling how she woke up in the middle of the night in her Brooklyn apartment to obsess over a lemon tart or patiently explaining why real balsamic vinegar is costly, but worth it. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Scrumptious, easy-to-make Italian desserts from the hand of a master.
Tantalizing yet comforting, sophisticated but simple, DePalma's cookbook bears the same virtues as the Italian sweets it describes. Presenting a wide array of traditional Italian recipes, it includes her own ingenious and mouthwatering updates and alterations and covers many desserts, including cookies, cakes, puddings, ice cream, fruit, specialties, and even savories and cheese selections. Introductory materials offer information about regions within Italy, important Italian ingredients, necessary equipment, and a helpful source list included as an appendix. Each recipe is introduced with notes and explanations steeped in DePalma's own extensive experience. She is currently pastry chef at Mario Batali's Babbo in New York City and has been nominated for the James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef Award. Recommended for all public libraries.
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