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Italian Country Cooking: The Secrets of Cucina Povera

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Overview

Italian Country Cooking is about the real food of Italy. It is about cucina povera, the name Italians give to traditional cooking, the kind that is more likely to be found in humble trattorias, homes and farmhouses than in fancy restaurants.

As cookbook author Loukie Werle explains, cucina povera has no adequate translation–it can mean “poor cook” or “country food”–but it truly represents some of the most spectacular, affordable and satisfying Italian food that exists. It ...

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Overview

Italian Country Cooking is about the real food of Italy. It is about cucina povera, the name Italians give to traditional cooking, the kind that is more likely to be found in humble trattorias, homes and farmhouses than in fancy restaurants.

As cookbook author Loukie Werle explains, cucina povera has no adequate translation–it can mean “poor cook” or “country food”–but it truly represents some of the most spectacular, affordable and satisfying Italian food that exists. It employs simple cooking methods, seasonal fare and only a small range of ingredients at a time (a few sausages, for example, or cheaper types of fish or meat), so that even the most novice cook can turn out delicious results.

 

Italian Country Cooking, as you’ll discover when you try it, means eating with a warm heart–quite possibly better than you’ve ever done in your life. As a Roman proverb says: Più se spenne e pejo se magna ... the more you spend, the worse you eat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435101265
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 92,662
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.72 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Food writer Loukie Werle has created many successful cookbooks, including Ingredients; Saffron, Garlic and Olives; Balls (with Lyndey Milan); Trattoria Pasta and Real Food in association with the National Heart Foundation in Australia. She is food editor of House & Garden and GoodHealth, and writes regularly for other food magazines. Ingredients, which has sold over a million copies worldwide, won the Bronze Award at the World Food Media Awards (Best Food Book), and the Best Reference Book in the 1997 International Cookbook Revue Awards. Real Food won Best Soft Cover Recipe Book in the Vittoria Australian Food Media Awards 2006. Loukie Werle is married and lives in Sydney, Australia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    The best book ever for Itallians or wannabees who what to enjoy their roots and the reminders.

    This book makes you smile when you make a new found family favorite and it may turn out to be so simple but with a sence of elegance. I enjoy cooking from this book immensely and have been able to connect with my mother even more in the kitchen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    Delicious Recipes

    The ingredients are easy to find, and the recipes are simple to make and the results are simple but delicious. If you find 1 or 2 good recipes from a cookbook you're lucky but this one we've found more than 4.

    Not only do many of the recipies include pasta but they also include lentils or potatoes which I find very satisfying.

    Compared with the other books I found in the bargain bin this one is a diamond.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2010

    Italian Country Cooking The Secrets of Cucina Povera

    This book presents each dish with an illustration. The information is concise, and each dish is reasonably easy to make. All are simple, country fare and are quite tasty. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the food one finds in Italian trattorias and family restaurants. The price of the book is quite reasonable for the quality one receives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Beautiful and Tasty

    A culinary tour through Italian grandma cooking. It's as tasty as it sounds. We've made a few things such as the asparagus linguine and the chocolate hazelnut cake. The book is beautiful and well laid out the recipes are easy enough to follow. Just read through everything at least twice because she is bound to put a very important detail right behind something that is less important so you'll miss when to put in the lemon juice. She is a chef and thus will want you to do things that serve no purpose but presentation even as she is telling you how wonderfully rustic cucina povera is!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Italian cooking

    Good addition to Italian cookbook collection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Loves to Cook

    Got this as a gift for my spouse. We are looking forward to putting it to use in Italy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2009

    excellent

    luv the recipes, the illustrations, precise in suggestions, that's Italian!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Great Buy

    Excellent cookbook that has true "down to earth" Italian recipes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Love the book and the illustrations. Found the recipes simple, h

    Love the book and the illustrations. Found the recipes simple, honest Italian fare. Recommend

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