The Sardinian Cookbook: The Cooking and Culture of a Mediterranean Island

The Sardinian Cookbook: The Cooking and Culture of a Mediterranean Island

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by Viktorija Todorovska
     
 

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Sardinia, the isolated and majestic island off the southwest coast of Italy, has a rich and ancient history as home to different Mediterranean peoples whose customs have intertwined over the centuries. The result is an unparalleled richness of cuisine. The Sardinian Cookbook captures these wonderful flavors, delivering more than 100 easy-to-make recipes that

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Sardinia, the isolated and majestic island off the southwest coast of Italy, has a rich and ancient history as home to different Mediterranean peoples whose customs have intertwined over the centuries. The result is an unparalleled richness of cuisine. The Sardinian Cookbook captures these wonderful flavors, delivering more than 100 easy-to-make recipes that are as healthful as they are delicious.

Sardinia is an island of many distinct landscapes and nationalities, from its rugged interior and breath-taking coastline to its diverse blend of Spanish, French, Italian, and Moorish cultures. From myrtle, saffron, and honey to lamb, seafood, and specialty cheeses, Sardinian food features a broad variety of flavors for any occasion. Many traditional Sardinian recipes are simple and straightforward — reflecting the peasant cuisine heavy on legumes, fresh vegetables, olive oil, and bread. However, it is common for Sardinians to celebrate holidays with lavish feasts and special delicacies: suckling pig, lobster, bottarga (Sardinian caviar), and the full-bodied yet natural flavorings of Sardinian sausages.

Editorial Reviews

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PRAISE FOR VIKTORIJA TODOROVSKA'S PREVIOUS BOOK THE PUGLIAN COOKBOOK:

"We love that before cranking up the heat at the stove, Todorovska pauses to make sure we have a deep understanding of the ingredients that are the fundamentals of Puglian cuisine. She writes for the home cook, with no fancy tricks, no hard-to-find ingredients." —Chicago Tribune

"For those who want a taste of excellent, yet different Italian cooking, The Puglian Cookbook is not to be missed." —Midwest Book Review

"The region's flavorful cucina povera (peasant cuisine) is the subject of The Puglian Cookbook, a new book from Chicago-based Viktorija Todorovska, a passionate ambassador of the oft-overlooked area. Of Amazon.com's nearly 100,000 cookbooks, hers is one of only three focusing on Puglian cooking, and it catalogs the area's legume-, vegetable- and tomato-heavy dishes with great enthusiasm." —Tasting Table

"The Puglian Cookbook: Bringing the Flavors of Puglia Home, paints a vivid picture of the region and its culinary traditions." —WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Media

"This is the kind of book you picture well-worn and loved, spattered with olive oil and maybe some tomato sauce. A cookbook that won't leave the kitchen." —Marcia Crawford, Nutrition Minute

"...a 157-page collection of the essentials of Pugliese cooking, with recipes ranging from a tomato-topped flatbread known as puddica to baked squid stuffed with cheese, breadcrumbs, and capers to the potato, rice, and mussel casserole tiella." —Mike Sula, Chicago Reader

"Arrivederci fast foods and trans fats! Viktorija Todorovska...[is] bringing the foreign experience to kitchens everywhere with her new cookbook, The Puglian Cookbook. The quick fix meals are simple, savory and, most importantly, healthy, with their basic pantry ingredients, fresh herbs, some cheese and olive oil." —Today's Chicago Woman

"...turns humble spuds into something still simple but very flavorful, and adds some veggies to your diet, too." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572847309
Publisher:
Agate
Publication date:
09/16/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
15 MB
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Meet the Author

Viktorija Todorovska: Viktorija Todorovska runs Oliva Cooking, a cooking, wine, and travel company based in Chicago. She studied cooking at Apicius in Florence.

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The Sardinian Cookbook: The Cooking and Culture of a Mediterranean Island 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
Sardinia is the lesser known of Italy's two main islands. Sicily, the more well-known island, is very dear to my heart, and I think that made me even a little more excited to check out the similarities and differences between cooking and culture of the two islands. This was such a great book, both to read and to cook out of! There is a lovely section on the island itself as well as bits and pieces scattered throughout the book. The recipes are a fascinating array. I have oven roasted potatoes for years, and almost didn't make the recipe for "Potatoes with Mediterranean Herbs" for that reason, but I would have really missed out! I've always roasted my potatoes from a raw state, and I wasn't sure about baking the potatoes for at least 45 minutes AFTER boiling them to a fork tender state. Wow! They were amazing!! Like silk or velvet on the inside with a luscious crust on the outside, they became an instant favorite in my house! I'll be honest; the "Endive with Extra Virgin Olive Oil" was a bust. Even my husband who loves all cooked greens couldn't eat them. The uber-simple "Chicken with Capers" more than made up for the endive. Such a few ingredients, and a simple preparation, but what a flavor!! We had company over and they raved over the chicken as well! This is a great cookbook to dip into the waters of Sardinian cooking. I'm far from finished with this book as there is so many more recipes that make my mouth water just reading them! I did drop my rating to 4 stars due to the amount of hard-to-find ingredients. Items like myrtle (dried and/or crushed leaves and branches), bottarga, fregola and more may be available in some specialty stores, but most will probably have to order them off the internet. I received a copy of this cookbook from Agate Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
PaulBadger More than 1 year ago
As I am a serious student of cultural cooking, I came to this cookbook with curiosity. I was not disappointed. While I am sure, to the Sardinian, the recipes contained are good representations, what appeals more to me is the depth of cultural learning within its pages. If I had to pick one issue which weakens the book however, it is that, should I wish to make many of the recipes, I would be forced to travel to the island itself or to find a community within the U.S. which would allow me access to very unusual and somewhat exotic ingredients. Much as with other cultural cookbooks, the author assumes all cooks have access to the breadth and depth of the global grocer. Such is not the case when one lives in a geographic and cultural backwater. Overall, this is a very worthwhile addition to anyone collection.