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Cucina Rustica [Paperback]

Viana La Place
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June 7 2001

Cucina Rustica,"the rustic 'kitchen,"is Italian food at its simplest and freshest. With more than 250 recipes that use readily available ingredients in deliciously creative combinations, La Place and Kleiman offer a style of cooking and eating that's inviting, easy, and elegant.


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"Cucina Rustica proves that you can have style and taste without spending hours in the kitchen. It is a book for today"--"Chicago Tribune""In the overcrowed field of irresistible Italian cookbooks, La Place and Kleiman have carved out a niche with food that is fresh, fast, stylish, ...--"Entertainment Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Viana La Place is the author of numerous books on Italian cooking, including Desserts and Sweet Snacks, Rustic Italian Style, and Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini. She lives in San Francisco and spends part of each year in Italy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Italian Dishes Sept. 13 2001
By disco75
Format:Paperback
I have had this cookbook for a number of years now, and give it as a gift to friends who like fresh-flavored, moderately complex to simple recipes. It is written by people who love this kind of food, know the genre, and seem to have made what they write about. The recipes are effective and the food works out each time.
The book contains a number of risotto dishes, several interesting bruschetta ideas (White Bean Puree with Garlicky Mustard Greens stands out), and a range of soups, notably Fennel and Tomato Soup and Cabbage and Rice Soup. Two great side dishes are Baked Endive and Braised Fennel.
As a vegertarian, I've found that many of the pasta and polenta dishes translate quite well. The authors are fond of ground sausage, sausage links, and especially pancetta. I've substituted, at the expense of authenticity but with minimal damage, vegetarian ground sausage, sausage links, and bacon. Polenta with Mushroom Saute and Polenta with Sausage and Tomato Sauce are hearty and delicious. Sausages Braised in Tomato and Orange Juice is unique and warming. Of the pasta dishes, Orechiette with Broccoli and Sausage, Orechiette with Sausage and Fennel, and Pasta with Onion Sauce are common in our house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This deserves a review! Dec 3 2001
Format:Paperback
Cucina Rustica has inspired the first review I have written. I must say that his book was one of the best impulse purchases I have ever made. So far, I have made about 10 of the recipes and each one had become an instant classic in my house. I'm especially fond of the risotto and pasta dishes (but that's the carbohydrate addict in me talking). The ingredients are simple yet cleverly put together. I think the highest praise I can give is that my first-generation Sicilian boyfriend has cleaned his plate every time I have made one of these recipes. If you are enamoured of all things Italian (as I am), this book will be a joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brava Viana! Dec 18 2003
Format:Paperback
This is the 3rd of Viana La Place's cookbooks I have bought; all of them are superb. She has a gift for evoking the sights and smells of luscious fresh produce, artisan cheeses and crusty breads with her lively, obviously loving, descriptions. This is the way the Italians eat: simply, with love and gusto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soups Nov. 9 2003
Format:Paperback
I bought this book about 10 years ago after reading it in a library. The soup recipes alone are worth buying this book. I still make the Broccoli, Bean, and Pasta soup on a regular basis. A great cookbook for vegetarians who are tired of the same old, same old...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Italian Dishes Sept. 13 2001
By disco75 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have had this cookbook for a number of years now, and give it as a gift to friends who like fresh-flavored, moderately complex to simple recipes. It is written by people who love this kind of food, know the genre, and seem to have made what they write about. The recipes are effective and the food works out each time.
The book contains a number of risotto dishes, several interesting bruschetta ideas (White Bean Puree with Garlicky Mustard Greens stands out), and a range of soups, notably Fennel and Tomato Soup and Cabbage and Rice Soup. Two great side dishes are Baked Endive and Braised Fennel.
As a vegertarian, I've found that many of the pasta and polenta dishes translate quite well. The authors are fond of ground sausage, sausage links, and especially pancetta. I've substituted, at the expense of authenticity but with minimal damage, vegetarian ground sausage, sausage links, and bacon. Polenta with Mushroom Saute and Polenta with Sausage and Tomato Sauce are hearty and delicious. Sausages Braised in Tomato and Orange Juice is unique and warming. Of the pasta dishes, Orechiette with Broccoli and Sausage, Orechiette with Sausage and Fennel, and Pasta with Onion Sauce are common in our house.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This deserves a review! Dec 3 2001
By "pollyflower" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cucina Rustica has inspired the first review I have written. I must say that his book was one of the best impulse purchases I have ever made. So far, I have made about 10 of the recipes and each one had become an instant classic in my house. I'm especially fond of the risotto and pasta dishes (but that's the carbohydrate addict in me talking). The ingredients are simple yet cleverly put together. I think the highest praise I can give is that my first-generation Sicilian boyfriend has cleaned his plate every time I have made one of these recipes. If you are enamoured of all things Italian (as I am), this book will be a joy.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soups Nov. 9 2003
By StarDotStar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book about 10 years ago after reading it in a library. The soup recipes alone are worth buying this book. I still make the Broccoli, Bean, and Pasta soup on a regular basis. A great cookbook for vegetarians who are tired of the same old, same old...
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple, easy, wonderful! April 19 2006
By A. Franck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have spent the last 3 and a half years living in northeastern Italy. I'll be going home to the US this year and I have to say, I'm a thrilled to have this book in my collection. Almost everything in this book (or some variation) has been served by my Italian friends at dinner parties or gatherings, or even on the menu of local eateries. This book allows me to take one of the things I love most about Italy home with me. I even picked up a few copies to give as gifts!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brava Viana! Dec 18 2003
By V. Lemon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the 3rd of Viana La Place's cookbooks I have bought; all of them are superb. She has a gift for evoking the sights and smells of luscious fresh produce, artisan cheeses and crusty breads with her lively, obviously loving, descriptions. This is the way the Italians eat: simply, with love and gusto.
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