Dolci: Italy's Sweets

Dolci: Italy's Sweets

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by Francine Segan, Ellen Silverman
     
 

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Join Francine Segan on a virtual tour of Italy with more than 125 recipes for cookies, cakes, pastries, frozen confections, and more. Favorites such as Cannoli and Zuppa Inglese are featured along with unusual regional specialties such as Licorice Granita and Chocolate Eggplant. In addition to beloved classics and traditional holiday fare, readers will find

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Join Francine Segan on a virtual tour of Italy with more than 125 recipes for cookies, cakes, pastries, frozen confections, and more. Favorites such as Cannoli and Zuppa Inglese are featured along with unusual regional specialties such as Licorice Granita and Chocolate Eggplant. In addition to beloved classics and traditional holiday fare, readers will find contemporary sweets enjoyed by Italians today—including a light and luscious “updated” Tiramisù that does not use raw eggs. Segan brings each recipe to life, introducing the countless cooks from whom she learned them: Italian grandmothers and young foodies, pastry chefs and bakery owners, food writers and internationally renowned sweets manufacturers. A chapter on after-dinner drinks rounds out this ultimate, comprehensive guide.

Praise for Dolci:

“Italian home cooks seem to have a savant-like talent for elevating humble staples such as fresh fruit, nuts and cocoa to elegant heights. Their gift: knowing when an ingredient is at its peak and being unafraid to let its singular virtues shine. Evidence of that talent is on every page of Dolci: Italy’s Sweets, a new cookbook by food historian Francine Segan that brings together a canon of authentic recipes collected from the people who really use them”

The Wall Street Journal

“Full-page color photos and an elegant design make this a great contender for a gift book. A swoon-worthy title for those with a sweet tooth and open to expanding their dessert repertoire.”
 —Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this beautifully designed cookbook, veteran cookbook author Segan presents more than 100 recipes for Italian desserts broken down by “Cakes and Sweet Breads,” “Pies,” “Freezer Desserts,” “Spoon Sweets,” as well as chapters on “Holiday Traditions” and “Dessert Basics,” comprising essential dessert components including pie crusts and pastry cream. The author culled recipes from various regions in Italy, providing cultural notes and crediting chefs, restaurateurs, and historical cookbooks for their origins. Even those with a shelf of Italian cookbooks will delight in the chapter featuring dolci particuloari, a collection of “Weird and Wonderful, Unique and Unusual Desserts,” including a sweet spinach pie from Tuscany, packed with a ground almond “spinach” filling; chocolate eggplant from Campania, comprising layers of eggplant with ricotta and chocolate; and angel hair pasta pie from Emilia-Romagna. Traditional dishes, including tiramisù, panettone, and cannoli, balance out this substantial title. Full-page color photos and an elegant design make this a great contender for a gift book. A swoon-worthy title for those with a sweet tooth and open to expanding their dessert repertoire. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Segan (Opera Lover's Cookbook) has created a scrumptious new cookbook based on the sweet treats of Italy. Her background as a food historian shows in the information on food customs, festivals, and important Italian bakers. These interesting sidebars add just the right amount of authority to recipes—accessible, traditional, and perfect for contemporary tastes—for cookies, cakes, pies, frozen and refrigerator cakes, spoon sweets, holiday traditions, and even after-dinner drinks. Also included are the weird and wonderful, e.g., Sicilian Pasta Crisps and Chocolate Eggplant. Segan scoured Italy for recipes, drawing on everyone from food bloggers to grandmothers, pastry manufacturers, chefs, historical cookbooks, and food journalists. The result is an authentic collection of recipes, each with regional information and easy-to-follow instructions. Lovely photographs provide a tempting guide to presentation. VERDICT A wonderful addition. As well as offering great recipes, this is a cookbook you will read for pleasure.—Melissa Stearns, Franklin Pierce Univ. Lib., Rindge, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613121887
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/21/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
26 MB
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Meet the Author

Francine Segan is a food historian and the author of four cookbooks, including The Opera LoverÆs Cookbook, a James Beard and IACP award finalist. She is Food and Home editor for bettyconfidential.com. Segan lives in New York City.

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Dolci 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
Mama Mia!! I ordered this book after my second trip to Sicily. I fell in love with the food over there, and couldn't wait to start making it for my family! This book covers sweets of all kinds from all over Italy, so there were some I'd never heard of as well as some old friends. Includes: Cookies and Bite-Sized Sweets Cakes and Sweet Breads, Refrigerator Cakes Pies Freezer Desserts Spoon Sweets Weird and Wonderful Unique and Unusual Desserts Holiday Traditions After-Dinner Beverages This book really showcases over and over the fundamental rule of Italian cooking--less is more! Many have only a few ingredients, but oh the flavor you get from those few ingredients!! From the highly addictive honey cookies to the ultimate moist and tender (and flourless!) chocolate cake, tiramisu and Tuscan apple cake, you'll fall in love with these amazing dishes and cry for more! I have lemon granita working its magic in my freezer as I type. Gorgeous photos, historical notes, fabulous recipes and a very nice, easily read layout make for a marvelous cookbook that I'll return to again and again. Buon Appetito!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago