SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine

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SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine by Shelley Lindgren, Matthew Accarrino, Kate Leahy

A cookbook and wine guide celebrating the regional traditions and exciting innovations of modern Italian cooking, from San Francisco's SPQR restaurant.

The Roman Empire was famous for its network of roads. By following the path of these thoroughfares, Shelley Lindgren, wine director and co-owner of the acclaimed San Francisco restaurants A16 and SPQR, and executive chef of SPQR, Matthew Accarrino, explore Central and Northern Italy’s local cuisines and artisanal wines.
Throughout each of the eight featured regions, Accarrino offers not only a modern version of Italian cooking, but also his own take on these constantly evolving regional specialties. Recipes like Fried Rabbit Livers with Pickled Vegetables and Spicy Mayonnaise and Fontina and Mushroom Tortelli with Black Truffle Fonduta are elevated and thoughtful, reflecting Accarrino’s extensive knowledge of traditional Italian food, but also his focus on precision and technique.  In addition to recipes, Accarrino elucidates basic kitchen skills like small animal butchery and pasta making, as well as newer techniques like sous vide—all of which are prodigiously illustrated with step-by-step photos.
Shelley Lindgren’s uniquely informed essays on the wines and winemakers of each region reveal the most interesting Italian wines, highlighting overlooked and little-known grapes and producers—and explaining how each reflects the region’s unique history, cultural influences, climate, and terrain. Lindgren, one of the foremost authorities on Italian wine, shares her deep and unparalleled knowledge of Italian wine and winemakers through producer profiles, wine recommendations, and personal observations, making this a necessary addition to any wine-lover’s library.
Brimming with both discovery and tradition, SPQR delivers the best of modern Italian food rooted in the regions, flavors, and history of Italy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607743842
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 34 MB
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About the Author

SHELLEY LINDGREN is the wine director and co-owner of both A16 and SPQR. She has received two James Beard Foundation nominations for wine service and was named Best New Sommelier by Wine & Spirits.
MATTHEW ACCARRINO is the executive chef of SPQR. He was the chef de cuisine at Craft LA, and has worked with Charlie Palmer, Todd English, Rick Moonen, Thomas Keller, and Tom Colicchio. He has been featured in Saveur, Food Arts, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
KATE LEAHY is a freelance writer and the co-author of A16 Food + Wine (with Shelley Lindgren and Nate Appleman) and The Preservation Kitchen (with Paul Virant).

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Spaghetti with Shrimp and Tomato Passatina
This is a pasta born from my experience of con niente, a meal created from nothing more than the few ingredients we managed to find around us. With this pasta, I’ve striven to recreate the simplicity of the meal we made at Roberto’s casone on the lagoon. The shrimp—gamberetti—were simply cooked with tomato, then sent through a food mill, shells and all. This rich, pink sauce became the condimento for the store-bought spaghetti that Roberto had on hand.
serves 4 to 6
extra virgin olive oil
150 grams  / 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
12 grams  / 3 garlic cloves, minced
150 grams /  1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
454 grams  / 1 pound shell-on raw baby shrimp
kosher salt and black pepper
a pinch of dried red pepper flakes
115 grams  / 1/2 cup white wine
240 grams /  11/2 cups canned tomatoes
50 grams  / 4 breadsticks, like grissini, broken up
2 grams  / 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
340 grams  / 12 ounces fresh spaghetti (page 264) or dried
Heat a thin film of olive oil in a large, wide pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and sweat until softened, 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sweat 1 to 2 minutes more until aromatic. Add the carrot and sweat until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.

Turn up the heat to medium-high, stir in the shrimp, and season with salt, pepper, and pepper flakes. Pour in the wine and bring to a simmer. Stir in the tomato and return to a simmer. Pour in 1 cup of water, lower the heat, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the shrimp are soft enough to break up with a wooden spoon if pressed. Stir the broken grissini pieces into the pot, remove from the heat, and stir in the parsley.
Place a food mill fitted with a coarse plate over a clean pot. In batches, pass the shrimp and broth through the food mill. You will have a coarse paste. (If it’s too dry to go through the food mill, stir in more water). Taste the shrimp paste and season with salt and pepper.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti for 4 minutes if using fresh, and as directed on the package if using dry. Drain the spaghetti, reserving a cup of pasta water, and return the spaghetti to the pasta pot. Stir spoonfuls of the shrimp paste into the spaghetti until evenly coated, adding a few spoonfuls of water if the pasta looks dry, and simmer for one more minute before serving.

Table of Contents


Ancient Information Highways     
La Strada del Vino     
La Strada della Cucina     
Roman Roads
Via Appia—Lazio     
Via Salaria—Le Marche     
Via Flaminia—Umbria     
Via Postumia—Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia     
Via Claudia Augusta—Trentino–Alto Adige     
Via Aemilia—Emilia-Romagna and Lombardia     
Via Francigena—Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta     
Via Aurelia—Liguria and Toscana
Kitchen Road Map: Fundamental Techniques     
Basic Recipes, and Ingredients     

Via Appia—Lazio  
Spiced Ricotta Fritters with Smoked Maple Syrup   
Fried Rabbit Livers with Pickled Vegetables and Spicy Mayonnaise   
Crispy Pig Ears with Pickled Green Tomatoes, Jalapeño, and Radish   
Spring Vegetable Vignarola Salad   
Bucatini with Nettles, Pancetta, and Black Pepper   
Whole Wheat Fettuccine with Funghi Trifolati and Spring Garlic   
Braised Oxtail in Cabbage Leaves with Cranberry Beans   
Goat Cheese and Ricotta Crespelle with Orange-Caramel Sauce   
Spring Lamb   
Lamb Ragù with Semolina Gnocchi and Pecorino Pepato   
Lamb Belly   
Lamb Loin and Rack with Gaeta Olive Sauce   
Leg of Lamb Wrapped in Lamb Mousse and Swiss Chard   
Steamed Artichokes   
Pickled Swiss Chard Stems   
Via Salaria—Le Marche   
Fluke Crudo, Sausage-Stuffed Olives, and Citrus   
Fried Surf Clams with Agrodolce and Onion, Fennel, and Cherry Pepper Salad  
Baked Anchovies   
Passatelli en Brodo   
Lasagna Vincisgrassi   
Rabbit a la Villa Bucci   
Dried Fruit and Nut Biscotti with Sweet Wine Granita   
Via Flaminia—Umbria     

Smoked Trout with Warm Potato Salad and Horseradish Gelatina   
Chopped Chicken Livers with Wine Gelatina, Carrot Marmellata, and Grilled Bread   
Fava Bean Agnolotti with Mashed Black Truffle   
Tagliatelle d’Oro with Chicken Livers, Mushrooms, and Black Truffle   
Linguine al Cocoa with Venison Ragù   
Farro-Stuffed Quail with Chestnuts, Persimmons, and Dandelion Greens   
Pistachio Torta with Meyer Lemon Curd, Pistachio Crema, and Brown Butter   
Suckling Pig   
Crocchette with Pickled Green Rhubarb and Apricots   
Legs and Belly with Thyme, Lemon, and Fennel Pollen  
Chops with Prosciutto Sauce   
Blécs with Suckling Pig Ragù and Rapini   
Pickled Rhubarb and Dried Apricots   
Prosciutto Sauce   
Via Postumia—Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia   
Spaghetti with Shrimp and Tomato Passatina   
Sardines in Saor with Peperonata Jam   
Asparagus with Lardo-Wrapped Rye Dumplings, Goat Cheese, and Sprouting Greens   
Squid Ink Linguine with Braised Squid, Sea Urchin, Broccoli Crema, and Pan Grattato   
Farro Pasta with Speck, Green Onions, and Poppy Seeds   
Duck Ravioli with Sour Cherries and Candied Pecans   
Chocolate Torta with Vanilla Mascarpone   
Via Claudia Augusta—Trentino–Alto Adige   
Chilled Asparagus Soup with Meyer Lemon Yogurt and Fish Roe   
Mustard Spaetzle with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Stridoli   
Rye Gnocchi with Savoy Cabbage, Potatoes, and Crispy Speck   
Mushroom Risotto   
Beer-Braised Pork Cheeks with Escarole   
Venison Loin with Parsnips and Huckleberry Vinaigrette   
Ricotta Bavarese with Verjus-Poached Rhubarb, Orange Confitura, and Powdered Olive Oil   
Via Aemilia—Emilia-Romagna and Lombardia   
Fritto Misto   
Chestnut-Filled Pasta with Broccoli di Cicco, Guanciale, and Burnt-Orange Sauce   
Squash Cappellacci with Medjool Dates, Rosemary Brown Butter, and Saba   
Ricotta and Quail Egg Ravioli with Wild Greens and Fontina   
Veal and Mortadella Tortellini en Consommé   
Bolognese with Egg Noodles   
Erbazzone Torta with Braised Greens, Prosciutto Cotto, and Eggs   
Pork Milanese, Pickled Cabbage Salad, Anchovy, and Lemon Brown Butter   
Buckwheat Polenta Taragna, Rabbit Stufato, Cherry Tomato, and Mimolette   
Fried Quince Pies with Truffle Honey and Aged Balsamic   
 Via Francigena—Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta   
Egg “in the Hole” with Mushrooms and Miner’s Lettuce   
Bone Marrow Sformato with Stuffed Baby Artichokes   
Fontina and Mushroom Tortelli with Black Truffle Fonduta   
Risotto with Crayfish and Sweetbreads   
Savoy Cabbage with Mushrooms, Lardo, and Crispy Prosciutto   
Chestnut-Stuffed Veal Breast with Orzotto   
Baked Polenta with Beef Cheek Ragù, Eggs, and Fontina   
Barolo Beef with Carrots and New Potatoes   
Chocolate Soufflés with Milk Chocolate Gelato   
Via Aurelia—Liguria and Toscana   
Baked Ricotta with Cherry Tomatoes, Saba, and Pignoli Granola   
Scallop Crudo with Sunchokes, Hibiscus Agrodolce, Almonds, and Cherries   
Albacore Tuna Confitura with Panzanella Salad and Anchovies   
Beet and Ricotta Pansotti with Walnuts and Ricotta Salata   
Tomato-Braised Abalone with Farinata   
Smoked Linguine with Clams, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil Pesto   
Ramp Spaghetti with Crab and Sea Urchin Butter   
Saffron Trofie with Veal Ragù   
Passion Fruit Panna Cotta with Coconut Spuma

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