Risotto: The Classic Rice Dish of Northern Italy

Risotto: The Classic Rice Dish of Northern Italy

by Judith Barrett, Norma Wasserman

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This volume comprises more than 100 creative variations on basic risotto, a rice dish from northern Italy. In addition to serving risotto as a first course in the Italian style, the authors suggest it as a side dish or as an entree when accompanied by bread and a salad or vegetable. These recipes derive from classic and new Italian cooking, as well as the authors' imaginations. Beginning with basic saffron risotto, Barrett and Wasserman work their way through cheese, vegetable, meat, fish, wine and even fruit-flavored dishes. Rice is combined with goat cheese, Gruyere, Camembert and ricotta, as well as with cabbage, zucchini blossoms or fresh mushrooms, cognac and cream. Seafood offerings include scallops, shrimp and mushrooms, squid and artichokes, and smoked salmon, while meat variations feature sweetbreads, duck and spicy rabbit. Strawberries, apples and grapefruits flavor some of the stylish, savory fruit risottos. Barrett is a freelance food writer, and Wasserman is an illustrator and owner of a gourmet-food shop. Illustrations not seen by PW. (January 26)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Risotto , a collection of recipes for the Northern Italian dish based on short-grained rice, is enticing reading and cooking. The recipes include classics such as risotto alla Milanese and Venetian style, with eels. There are nuova cucina versions: with clams and radicchio, with apples and nutmeg, etc. The authors, both experienced in the food world, add their recipes: risotto with liver and onions, with turkey and leeks, with grapefruit. These recipes are not only delectable but quick and easy to prepare, too. Menu and wine suggestions are included. Recommended. SP

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