A Blissful Feast

A Blissful Feast

by Teresa Lust
A Blissful Feast

A Blissful Feast

by Teresa Lust



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A delicious journey through Italy and a celebration of the relationship between family and food. 

Moving from the Italian Piedmont to the Maremma and then to Le Marche, chef Teresa Lust interweaves portraits of the people who served as her culinary guides with cultural and natural history in this charming exploration of authentic Italian cuisine.

We learn how to prepare bagna cauda—a robust dipping sauce of anchovies, garlic, and olive oil—with Lust’s relatives outside Torino. We learn about making hand-stretched grissini, Italy’s iconic breadstick, the secrets of whipping up zabaione, a classic dessert of ethereal foam made with egg yolks, sugar, and marsala. Then there is acquacotta, a rustic soup that nourished generations of the area’s shepherds and cowhands. In the town of Camerano, an eighty-year-old woman reveals the art of hand-rolling pasta with a three-foot rolling pin.

Underpinning Lust’s travels is our journey from chef to cook, mirroring the fact that Italians have been masters of home cooking for generations, so they are an obvious source of inspiration. Today, more and more people are rediscovering the pleasures of cooking at home, and Lust’s account—and wonderful recipes—will help readers bring an Italian sensibility to their home tables.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643133928
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
File size: 34 MB
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About the Author

Teresa Lust is the author of Pass the Polenta: and Other Writings from the Kitchen. She is a graduate of Washington State University and holds a master's degree from Dartmouth College. Lust currently teaches Italian for the Rassias Center for World Languages at Dartmouth and teaches cooking classes. She lives in New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part I The Piedmont 1

1 The Gnocchi Lesson 3

2 The Bread of Kings 12

3 Heirloom Pizzelle 23

4 Una Buona Forchetta 34

5 An American Rabbitry 44

6 Eat Your Turnips 54

7 Two Remedies for Cold 60

8 The Baker's Trade 67

9 A Blissful Feast 76

10 A Soup for the Dead 90

11 Stirring Up Zabaione 100

Part II The Maremma 111

12 The Key to the Kitchen 113

13 The Cooked Water of Maremma 120

14 Into The, Lamone Woods 131

15 A Good Cook 145

16 Undressed for Dinner 155

17 In the Whey 164

18 Marrying Well 175

19 Harvest Time at La Stellata

20 Sour Grapes 198

Part III Le Marche 207

21 A Place of Little Note 209

22 Roadside Meal 215

23 Wild Asparagus 224

24 Aftereffects 233

25 Stoccafisso: A Love Story 239

26 La Sfoglina 249

27 Squash Blossoms for Sale 260

28 This Little Pig 271

Afterword 281

Acknowledgments 287

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