Lidia Bastianich — “doyenne of Italian cooking” (Chicago Times) — makes Italian cooking easy for everyone with this new, beautifully designed, easy-to-use cookbook. Here are more than 100 homey, simple-to-prepare recipes that require fewer steps and fewer ingredients (not to mention fewer dirty pots and pans!), without sacrificing any of their flavor.
These are just a few of the delectable dishes that fill this essential book of recipes:
• Spinach, Bread, and Ricotta Frittata
• One-Pan Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana
• Roasted Squash and Carrot Salad with Chickpeas and Almonds
• Penne with Cauliflower and Green Olive Pesto
• Balsamic Chicken Stir-Fry
• Skillet Lasagna
• Braised Calamari with Olives and Peppers
• Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs
• Apple Cranberry Crumble
Some of them are old favorites, others are Lidia’s new creations, but every one represents Italian food at its most essential — guaranteed to transport home cooks to Italy with a minimum of fuss and muss. “Tutti a tavola a mangiare!”
LIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH is the author of fifteen previous cookbooks and the Emmy Award-winning host of public television’s Lidia’s Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on Junior MasterChef Italy and Italy’s highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, and several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly.
PEM MCNERNEY is an award-winning writer who works for Shore Publishing's Zip06.com, where she is the Living editor. She is the lead writer for and owner of contentcreation.com and has worked for The Hartford Courant as city editor and politics editor, and as a local community news reporter for several other news organizations. She’s won awards from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists and the New England Newspaper & Press Association for feature writing, food pages, environmental reporting, and breaking news coverage. She lives on the shoreline of Connecticut where she loves nothing more than heading to the beach with a good book under her arm.