Food Festivals of Italy: Celebrated Recipes from 50 Food Fairs
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Food Festivals of Italy: Celebrated Recipes from 50 Food Fairs

by James Fraioli, Leonardo Curti
     
 
Each year Italy's beautiful countryside is spattered with numerous food festivals that showcase various delectable foods such as garlic, pasta, lentils, fruits, nuts, chocolates and more. Now Italian Food Festivals highlights 50 of Italy's most diverse food fairs, bringing a taste of authentic Italy into your home with 100 recipes that use the featured festival foods.

Overview

Each year Italy's beautiful countryside is spattered with numerous food festivals that showcase various delectable foods such as garlic, pasta, lentils, fruits, nuts, chocolates and more. Now Italian Food Festivals highlights 50 of Italy's most diverse food fairs, bringing a taste of authentic Italy into your home with 100 recipes that use the featured festival foods.

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Library Journal

Curti, the chef/owner of Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez, CA, and Fraioli, a food and travel writer, previously collaborated on Trattoria Grappola. This lavishly illustrated new title showcases 50 Italian food fairs, from "Le Marche's Artichoke Festival" to "Campania's Watermelon Festival." The festivals are grouped into four categories-antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolce-and there are two recipes for each. Linking the festivals with regions rather than with individual towns known for their food fairs gives them a somewhat generic feel, and more specific travel information would have been helpful. Carol Field's Celebrating Italy, a far more ambitious book on the topic, includes a 50-page "Traveler's Calendar," along with culinary history and dozens of recipes, but Curti and Fraioli's attractive book should appeal to armchair travelers and home cooks.


—Judith Sutton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423603320
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
10.72(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

James O. Fraioli is a published, award-winning author, and an internationally recognized travel writer. He is the author of numerous books on a wide range of subjects. His celebrated cookbook: Ocean Friendly Cuisine: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the World's Finest Chefs has appeared in The New York Times, been presented at the White House, and featured on the Food Network's The Essence of Emeril. He is also a contributing writer and professional photographer for 18 magazines. Prior to his fulltime writing career, Fraioli spent eight years in the motion-picture and television industry for FOX, Walt Disney and Warner Bros.

Chef Leonardo Curti is the executive chef and co- proprietor at the acclaimed Trattoria Grappolo bistro in Santa Ynez, California. Born in Calabria, Italy, Leonardo learned his culinary skills in Tuscany before relocating to Los Angeles, where he worked as a chef at Cicada Restaurant and founded Pane Caldo in Beverly Hills.

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