La Terra Fortunata: The Splendid Food and Wine of Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Italy's Great Undiscovered Region

La Terra Fortunata: The Splendid Food and Wine of Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Italy's Great Undiscovered Region

by Fred Plotkin
     
 

A great food and wine region of Italy-largely undiscovered by those who live to eat-Friuli-Venezia Giulia springs succulently from the pages of La Terra Fortunata by Italy expert Fred Plotkin.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia was one of Italy's best-kept secrets-until now. Between Venice and Vienna, with Trieste as its capital, this region has the most varied and

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A great food and wine region of Italy-largely undiscovered by those who live to eat-Friuli-Venezia Giulia springs succulently from the pages of La Terra Fortunata by Italy expert Fred Plotkin.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia was one of Italy's best-kept secrets-until now. Between Venice and Vienna, with Trieste as its capital, this region has the most varied and sophisticated food in Italy. No other regional kitchen uses more fruit or spices or a greater range of meat and seafood. In La Terra Fortunata, readers will discover gnocchi filled with plums or apricots; tagliolini tossed with poppy seeds and the region’s superlative prosciutto di San Daniele; sea scallops with almond sauce; risotto flavored with a rainbow of spices, including ginger, star anise, and nutmeg; cinnamon-scented veal stew, and, of course, frico, the region's signature dish, a delectable cheese crisp that is positively addictive.

Since Friuli-Venezia Giulia produces Italy's top white wines and outstanding reds, with more varieties than any other region in Italy, Fred Plotkin has included the most detailed list of the region's wines and their makers ever compiled.

With more than 160 recipes and an indispensable list for wine lovers, La Terra Fortunata will come as a revelation to those who thought there was nothing new under the Italian sun.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this evocative look at the food and wine of Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region (situated between Venice and Vienna, with Trieste as its capital), Plotkin (Recipes from Paradise; Italy for the Gourmet Traveler) does what he does best focuses on a lesser-known part of Italy and brings it to life. A hefty introductory section covers such topics as the wide-ranging international influence in the region (evidenced by the unusual flavor combinations), its cuisine's liberal use of a wide variety of herbs and fruit in savory dishes and a particularly informative discussion of the area's viticultural history. In the end, however, a cookbook is judged by its recipes, and Plotkin delivers with recipes of exotic flavor combinations, such as Frico (cheese wafers), Caraway Seed Soup and even a series of Horseradish Sauces. Historically an impoverished region, Friuli-Venezia Giulia's resourceful cooks have invented such staples as Spinach-Cornmeal Soup and Barley-Bean Soup. First courses, like Bread Gnocchi with Cucumber Sauce and Polenta with Montasio-Mint Sauce, tend to be hearty, and among the rustic desserts is a delectable Pear Pudding. Comprehensive chapters on coffee, grappa, and wineries and enotecas round out an outstanding volume. Agent, David Black. (May 8) Forecast: Plotkin is a particular favorite among food writers, so booksellers should look for this one to garner critical praise, which could have a healthy impact on sales. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Fruili-Venezia Guilia, in Italy's northeasternmost corner, may be the region of the country least familiar to Americans. Yet when Plotkin (Recipes from Paradise: Life and Food on the Italian Riviera) was researching his ambitious new book, it was the only province that was consistently listed by authorities as one of the top three in terms of both food and wine. Bounded on the north by Austria and the east by the former Yugoslavia, it has long been influenced by other cultures Plotkin calls it a "crossroads region" giving it a unique character. And its cuisine, of course, reflects those influences as well spices that would be considered exotic in much of Italy, for example, feature in many dishes. Plotkin's lengthy introductory section, which covers history, ingredients, wine, and "The Way To Eat in Fruili-Venezia Guilia," is followed by more than 150 recipes, with separate chapters on coffee and grappa. There's also a detailed guide to notable wine producers, a source guide, and a brief, informative travel section. Essential. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767906111
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/08/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.21(d)

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