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Verdura: Vegetables Italian Style Hardcover – Feb 1 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street the Basement (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904943454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904943457
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 921 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,758,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since its 1991 publication, Viana La Place's Verdura has become a classic. And with good reason: Its 300 accessible recipes represent the best of the Italian approach to vegetable preparation, an earthy yet spirited technique that celebrates fresh ingredients simply treated. Many readers have made the book their vegetable cooking bible; those who have not yet added it to their kitchen libraries will want to do so. Contending that eating well-prepared vegetables helps us to appreciate life's natural cycles, La Place presents recipes for antipastos, salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, risottos, pizzas, and more. The vegetables she explores run the gamut from the familiar--artichokes, eggplant, radicchio--to the more exotic, such as chayote, cardoons, and brocciflower. (La Place sautés this cauliflower-broccoli hybrid in garlic and oil, then strews it with pungent provolone.) Other recipes, such as Soup of Dried Fava Beans with Fresh Fennel, Fettucine with Peas, Green Onions, and Mint, Grilled Bread with Mushrooms and Herbs, and Baked Red Pepper Fritatta, give further evidence of La Place's original yet thoughtful way with the earth's bounty. Desserts are also included, among them Watermelon with Bittersweet Chocolate Shavings, Grilled Figs with Honey and Walnuts, and Lemon Granita and Brioche. With a vegetable and herb guide and an ingredient glossary, Verdura provides comprehensive information while exciting the mind's palate. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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" Verdura means vegetables," writes cooking teacher and food columnist La Place ( Cucina Fresca ). It "represents a style of cooking directly related to nature." By scouring the homes and restaurants of Italy, here she proves her case with 250 recipes and 50 menus featuring "vegetables in all their remarkable variety"--antipasti, salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas, risotti, tarts and stews. As in her previous books, ingredients fall into unexpected combinations--carrots with porcini mushrooms, fried yellow peppers with mint. Whimsy is also revealed in recipes for "olive oil from hell" and "angry rice." Mainly, however, common sense and creativity combine forces. The roster of Italian vegetables is well represented, from olives to peppers to artichokes, and now-familiar foods like pasta are given new life (e.g., tubetti with diced tomato and avocado sauce). La Place tells us that "it is through vegetables that I have found my greatest expression." Verdura is the proof. Illustrations not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman on Dec 10 2001
Format: Hardcover
The nice thing about Verdura is that it has everything-- Antipasti, Salads, Grilled Breads/Sandwiches, Soups, Pasta, Rice/Polenta, Main Dishes, Sides, and Desserts--featuring vegetables cooked the Italian way.
Other than the Chinese, I think the Italians have the best feel for how to bring out what's wonderful in a vegetable. I love the cauliflower with lemon dressing in particular, and the squash recipes as well.
The pizza basic recipe is really great. We made it last night and it came out so well. (We did use a pizza stone, which really makes a difference.) Next time we will try the Arugula version of the pizza. Arugula is a pungent green, looking a bit like dandelion leaves and it not only tastes great, it is really good for you.
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There's some of everything in this cookbook but if you're vegetarian or vegan be prepared to alter the recipes here and there. There's a recipe for chicken broth and another for beef broth and they're used in a bunch of the recipes -not a big deal - I just substitite a nice vegetable broth and all is well. Anchovies are used here and there too. For the vegan - you'll need to do your own substititues where cheeses are called for and there are a few egg recipes.
Anyway, that said, there are lots of great recipes in here. Here's a quick view of the table of contents and a few of my favorites:
- Antipasti (vegetables, fruits, cheeses, marinated vegetables, hot antipasti) - Artichokes Griti Style is really tasty - it has olive oil and parm. cheese; also some really easy recipes for things like raw vegetables with olive oil, marinated eggplant, spicy carrots, etc
- Salads (leafy, little, and salads as main courses) -lots of nice, mostly simple salads. I made the one called Warm Cannellini Bean and Herb Salad and served it at our Christmas dinner alongside raviolis etc and it was a hit
- Grilled bread and sandwiches - haven't tried any of these but they look tasty
- Soups for every season (minnestrone soup with rice was excellent - I did it in the slow cooker - yum! There's also an escarole soup similar to what my grandmother used to make - it was good but not as good as hers :)
- Pasta Sauces (excellent, fresh ideas straight from the garden. pasta with 10 herbs was great. I haven't tried it yet but there's a recipe that uses tomoatoes and avocados that sounds really good.
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By disco75 on Oct. 31 2001
Format: Hardcover
La Place presents here Italian-themed dishes that spotlight vegetables. The book is much in the same vein as the great Cucina Rustica, which La Place co-authored. The book is a wonderful resource for gardeners who sometimes are overwhelmed with the gifts of their plots. The author provides good notes with each recipe and lists the Italian names of each dish. There is a nice variety of dishes.
The chapters include Antipasti, Salads, Grilled Breads/Sandwiches, Soups, Pasta, Rice/Polenta, Main Dishes, Sides, and Desserts. Noteworthy recipes include Tomato and Peach Salad with Walnuts; Cauliflower with Lemon Dressing (includes radishes and olives); Summer Rice Salad; Potato and Arugula Soup; Pasta with Peas, Scallions, and Mint; Pasta with Green Tomato and Almond Sauce; Pasta with Fennel and Tomato; Rice with Squash and Sage Butter; Polenta with Broccoli Sauce; Potato and Artichoke Torte; and Golden Herbed Goat Cheese Rounds.
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The nice thing about Verdura is that it has everything-- Antipasti, Salads, Grilled Breads/Sandwiches, Soups, Pasta, Rice/Polenta, Main Dishes, Sides, and Desserts--featuring vegetables cooked the Italian way.
Other than the Chinese, I think the Italians have the best feel for how to bring out what's wonderful in a vegetable. I love the cauliflower with lemon dressing in particular, and the squash recipes as well.
The pizza basic recipe is really great. We made it last night and it came out so well. (We did use a pizza stone, which really makes a difference.) Next time we will try the Arugula version of the pizza. Arugula is a pungent green, looking a bit like dandelion leaves and it not only tastes great, it is really good for you.
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