"Italian food- we all love it! The romance of Italian food grows every year,
and has moved beyond simple pasta and pizza, to include all the delicious
dishes of the country. Whether it's a scrumptious antipasta before dinner, a
meltingly soft risotto, a savory main dish such as Chicken Cacciatore,
Grilled Radicchio Salad as a fresh side, or luscious Tira Misu for dessert,
Italian food offers so many tempting possibilities.
Let Betty Crocker and Italian chef Antonio Cecconi take you on a tasty tour
of Italy, from Piedmont to Sardinia. Enjoy learning about each region, its
distinctive food and the geographical characteristics that shape its
culinary offerings. And there's more than information on the countryside.
Turn to complete glossaries on Italian cheeses, pastas, vinegars, herbs, and
olives and olive oils. Everything you'll need for the best and most
delicious Italian meals is all right here!
Chapters range from appetizers to dessert, making it so easy to find just
what you want to make authentic dishes for any occasion. There's an entire
chapter on pasta and sauces, as well as a chapter on great first course- or
main course- ideas for risotto, polenta, and soups. Are you a pizza lover?
Then you'll love the chapter on pizza, bread and sandwiches. Savor Italian
meat, chicken and seafood main dishes, and then explore terrific vegetable
and salad dishes. Ready for dessert? You'll be delighted with the treasures
included here. A menu section provides ideas for creating complete Italian
meals from appetizers and main courses to desserts, complete with Italian
Full of beautiful food photography, as well as lovely landscape shots of
Italy, you will truly feel that you've been on a trip abroad, and come home
with all the best of Italian food, ready for your kitchen. Have fun deciding
what wonderful foods you'll make first- Fresh Wrapped Basil Cheese Balls the
next time you grill, Rotini with Fresh Herbs for dinner tonight or
Strawberries with Marsala Sauce for dessert this weekend- it's all
delicious. Enjoy and Buon appetito from Antonio Cecconi and Betty Crocker!"