Bone (At Mesa's Edge) wasn't much more than a bambina when her father, Edward, published Italian Family Cooking in 1971. Now she collaborates with him in this pleasant sequel. There's considerable emphasis on vegetables, seafood and reasonable portion sizes; pasta recipes are "for small servings to be served as a first course" and include such rustic options as Spaghettini in Duck Broth and Fettucine with Guinea Hen Sauce. The recipes are divided by season and then by course-a pleasant way to think about cooking, but one that leads to excessive page flipping for those who want, for example, to examine the book's three seasonal lasagna recipes. Zucchini Flowers are a favorite warm weather ingredient, and come fall, pears and figs figure prominently. As bookends to each section, Bone offers brief essays and memoirs. Some are wise ("The best way to eat fruit is in the tree from which it grows") or utilitarian (how to shop on the Bronx's famed Arthur Avenue), while others, involving the likes of Craig Claiborne and Pierre Frayne, will be just plain out jealousy provoking to those who grew up without a renowned chef in the immediate family. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Giobbi is the author of several books on Italian food, including Italian Family Cooking (1971); his daughter Eugenia is a food writer and author of At Mesa's Edge: Cooking and Ranching in Colorado's North Fork Valley. Meals enjoyed together have always been important to the extended Giobbi family (and close friends including Craig Claiborne, Jacques Pepin, and other chefs), and here the authors share favorite recipes and memories. The recipes are organized by season, and each section opens with an extended essay-"Spring," for example, begins with an account of Eugenia's wedding, "Winter" with a description of the Italian Christmas Eve fish dinner-and shorter reminiscences or musings on ingredients are scattered throughout. Many of the recipes are simple, but there are dishes for special occasions as well. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.