The Villa Table: 300 Classic Italian Recipes

The Villa Table: 300 Classic Italian Recipes

by Lorenza De'Medici
     
 

Based on the recipes and techniques Lorenza de'Medici developed at her internationally famous cooking school in Tuscany, this gastronomic guide contains more than 300 elegant but simple recipes, from antipasti to first and second courses, from breads and cheeses to sauces and salads. But this is more than a guide to creating elegant dinners. It is an immensely useful… See more details below

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Based on the recipes and techniques Lorenza de'Medici developed at her internationally famous cooking school in Tuscany, this gastronomic guide contains more than 300 elegant but simple recipes, from antipasti to first and second courses, from breads and cheeses to sauces and salads. But this is more than a guide to creating elegant dinners. It is an immensely useful and practical guide for contemporary hosts—with recipes that take a minimal amount of time and preparation. Accompanied by 100 beautiful full-color photographs, THE VILLA TABLE is a satsifying feast for the eyes as well as the appetite.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Villa Table, the school offering classes in cookery by de' Medici at the author's Tuscany estate, now yields a cookbook. And it begins with a disclaimer. ``I am not a professional cook,'' announces the author, who has been publishing cookbooks for the last 20 years. Hoping to reassure readers whose ways in the kitchen may be casual, she explains that she herself never had all the time in the world to spare for cookery, and that personal taste, not merely that of the experts, should be one's principle arbiter. The advice is ingratiating, though some of the recipes outstrip it in fineness of goal; a few others (e.g., spaghetti frittata) may be almost too simple. But the general standard is rich, taking in antipasti, first and second courses, vegetables, breads and sweets (an apricot caramel custard and a peach meringue are especially tempting), sauces and cheeses. The look of the book, too, is delicately ornate, with photographs that aspire to the aesthetic. It's difficult not to respond, not to glide toward the kitchen. (Nov.)
Library Journal
De'Medici, author of several other Italian cookbooks, including The Renaissance of Italian Cooking ( LJ 12/89), also runs a cooking school called The Villa Table at her estate in Tuscany. In contrast to Renaissance , which celebrated cucina alto-borghese , the elaborate cuisine of the upper classes, this is a collection of simple, traditional, but still fresh and appealing dishes. Some are recipes the author teaches in her classes, while others are old family favorites. Most require little preparation time, and many can be made in advance. A good companion to the plethora of quick and easy ``new Italian'' cookbooks that have appeared in recent years; recommended for most collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/93.
Kathryn Broderick
As author of "Italy: The Beautiful Cookbook" (1989) and "The Renaissance of Italian Cooking" (1989), owner of her own culinary school in Tuscany, and hostess of a wonderful cooking show on PBS, "The de'Medici Kitchen," Lorenza de'Medici has generously shared her vast knowledge of Italian cuisine, and here she continues that tradition. This book is divided into chapters that follow the courses of a traditional Italian meal, and de'Medici begins each with an introduction. These wonderful, one- to three-page essays provide cultural information, timesaving methods of food preparation, and details about which products are the best tasting. And she stresses healthy, easy-to-prepare meals that are elegantly presented. Consequently--though she does include recipes calling for boar and rabbit--many of the recipes in this collection are for vegetarian dishes. Basic recipes and an essay on wines round off the volume. Illustrated with more than 100 full-color photographs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449907306
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Pages:
224

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