Cooking With Italian Grandmothers

Cooking With Italian Grandmothers

Recipes and Stories From Tuscany to Sicily

Book - 2010
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WINNER 2011 IACP Judges Choice Cookbook Award (International Association of Culinary Professionals)
WINNER 2011 IPPY Gold Award (Independent Publisher Book Awards)
Best Italian Cookbook of 2010 - Publisher's Weekly

American chef Jessica Theroux spent a year traveling throughout Italy, cooking and talking with Italian grandmothers, learning their secrets and listening to their stories. The result is a charming and authentic collection of recipes, techniques, anecdotes, and photographs that celebrate the rustic and sustainable culinary traditions of Italy's most experienced home cooks.

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features the histories and menus of fifteen grandmothers, each of whom welcomed Ms. Theroux into their kitchens and pantries and shared both their favorite dishes and personal wisdoms. From the dramatic winter shores if Ustica to the blooming hills of Tuscany in spring, readers will journey through Italy's most divers regions and seasons, to discover the country's most delectable dishes, from the traditional to the unexpected, and meet the storied women who make them.

Part travel diary, part photo essay, part cookbook, Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features over 100 time-honored recipes, from the perfect panna cotta to the classic meat lasagna.


Recipes and wisdom from 12 Italian grandmothers
100 classic Italian recipes
A number of regional and seasonal menus, complete from appetizer to dessert.
Over 150 full color photographs.
Publisher: New York : Welcome Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781599620893
Branch Call Number: 641. 5945 THE
Characteristics: 295 p. : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fried, Katrina


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Nov 12, 2017

Indeed a beautiful book. Truly excellent. But I give it only four stars because the subtitle is misleading. The recipes in this book begin from Lombardy - Milano and the towns in its vicinity are in Lombardy. Tuscany (Toscana) the home of Siena, Lucca and Firenze (Florence), is quite a ways from Lombardy (Lombardia), the home of Milano, Como,Bergamo, and Brescia. This is simply a matter of taking a look at a map of Italy. Plus, I definitely know of what I speak since I am of the Lombardy Region. That the editor did not pick up on this error in the subtitle and let it go to publication as is really makes me shake my head in stunned amazement. Also, the author makes no mention in her introduction of why she chose this subtitle while beginning with recipes from her stay in Milano and it’s outlying area.

Jun 15, 2014

This "cook book" is more than just for cooking. I found myself excited to read about the lives of the women who cooked with the author and taught her about an Italy that most people don't know about. This book was well-written, delicious recipes!! -have done my own variations on several- an all round good read and good cook book with ingredients easily found in the Bay Area.

Sep 12, 2011

A beautiful book--I
have so far just tried one recipe and it turned out very well. (pesto lasagna)
This is one of those cookbooks that is fun to look at.

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