The Southern Italian Farmer’s Table features authentic recipes from over thirty agriturismi (working family farms that provide room and board to travelers) located in central and southern Italy, where the cuisine served epitomizes the farm-fresh movement underway in the United States, the UK, and beyond. Visitors to agriturismi, who come from all over Europe and North America, indulge in such delights as vibrant green olive oil fresh from the press, a myriad of hand-shaped pastas cooked to perfection, and wedges...
The Southern Italian Farmer’s Table features authentic recipes from over thirty agriturismi (working family farms that provide room and board to travelers) located in central and southern Italy, where the cuisine served epitomizes the farm-fresh movement underway in the United States, the UK, and beyond. Visitors to agriturismi, who come from all over Europe and North America, indulge in such delights as vibrant green olive oil fresh from the press, a myriad of hand-shaped pastas cooked to perfection, and wedges of aged pecorino redolent of verdant green pastures.
Matthew Scialabba and Melissa Pellegrino, both professional chefs who are fluent in Italian, have transcribed more than 150 authentic Italian recipes from these family farms—few of which are found in cookbooks available outside of Italy. Full-color photographs and anecdotes about the farms and their residents bring Italy’s glorious countryside to life.
The 150 authentic recipes include:
Grilled Provolone with Blood Orange Reduction
Bread Dough Pasta with Amatriciana
Pork Bracciole with Eggplant and Scamorza Cheese
Sausage Cooked in Red Wine with Sweet Dried Peppers and Black Olives
Cinnamon and Hazelnut Cookies
Husband-and-wife chef and restaurant owners Scialabba and Pellegrino present a sequel to The Italian Farmer’s Table, continuing the farm-to-table experience, but this time focusing on more than 30 farms ranging from Central to Southern Italy, Tuscany to Sicily. Broken down by region, recipes are balanced with essays, portraits, maps, and landscape shots, making this equal parts cookbook and travelogue. Sharing the “taste and flavor of Italian working farms” begins with crucial building-block basics such as semolina pasta dough, tomato sauce, and chicken broth before moving on to regional dishes such as broccoli tortelli with white sausage ragu from Tuscany, fried spaghetti nests with prosciutto and scamorza from Molisse, and grilled meatballs with bay leaves and lemon from Sicily. Desserts, appetizers, and side dishes balance out the pasta dishes and entrées. Headnotes, numbered recipe steps, and a solid resource section make this an easy-to-navigate title that’s well researched and filled with inspiration. (May)
A delicious journey through central and southern Italy through recipes. In this sequel to The Italian Farmer's Table (2009), Scialabba and Pellegrino chronicle their travels to more than 30 farms and share the best recipes from each, using only what that farm produces. "We were deeply moved by the simplicity of cooking with ingredients grown and raised out the kitchen door," they write. "There was something that we connected with, that just seemed real and felt right about washing dirt off freshly picked vegetables, or noting the vibrant orange color of the free-range egg yolks we were using to make fresh pasta." At the beginning the authors provide basic recipes for pasta and crepes, and they include a charming history of the farm, how the family came to agritourism and, of course, the specialties of each house--usually at least one appetizer, entree and dessert. Home chefs can start with a beet carpaccio with pickled onions from Tuscany, move on to polenta with pork and sausage sauce from Umbria and finish with a poached pear and ricotta mousse tart from Basilicata. Some of the mouthwatering recipes are fairly simple, such as the farfalle with zucchini and mussels from Apulia, but others will take time, such as the chicken lasagna from the Michetti Convent in Abruzzo. Scialabba and Pellegrino also make adaptations for home chefs--e.g., replacing quail for Sardinia's indigenous partridges--and they include instructions on where to find wild boar in American and the contact information for all of the farms, among other points of reference. A perfect guide to bringing home the traditional and unique flavors of Italy.
Matthew Scialabba and Melissa Pellegrino, a husband-and-wife cooking and writing team, met while living in Italy. Their shared passion for Italian food and culture led them on many culinary journeys, including apprenticeships at a Roman bakery, studying winemaking at a Ligurian vineyard, graduating from professional culinary schools in Manhattan and Florence, and working and cooking together at several Italian agriturismi.
“The undeniable fact is that Italians simply know how to eat. They can talk about what is for dinner while eating lunch, and why a dish from their own province is so much better than that of their neighbor when the two are virtually identical. A common thread throughout the country is that quality of ingredients is crucial, including understanding where they are grown and how they are made. And that is why agriturismi are so special. We hope that the stories and recipes on these pages offer a taste and flavor of Italian working farms, and inspire you with the purest examples of the Italian philosophy so fundamental to its cuisine.”
— From the Introduction