Rao's Recipes from the Neighborhood : Frank Pelligrino Cooks Italian with Family and Friends
Rao's Recipes from the Neighborhoodis a tribute to generations of cooks and the delicious Italian home-style meals that are America's favorite foods to make in their own kitchens-they're also the kind of dishes served at Frank Pellegrino's inimitable New York restaurant, Rao's, and have helped make Rao's famous. Richly illustrated with full color photography as well as vintage photographs and studded with essays on the great Italian heritage of home cooking, this book is an inexhaustible source of ideas for any enthusiastic home chef. With a full range of dishes from antipasti to desserts, this book includes the kind of recipes you beg relatives to write down, such as: Rose Caiazzo's lasagna, stove-top chicken cacciatore, Frankie's meatballs, Susan di Sesa's oven-roasted peppers, Rao's lemon chicken adapted for the grill, and Maria Pugia's biscotti. You will turn to this cookbook again and again-to get ideas for a quick midweek pasta dinner with the family, for chicken dishes to feed a crowd, for holiday baking recipes that are simple to make and satisfying to share.
Rao's Cookbook featured the home-style Italian American food served at Pellegrino's tiny but nationally known family restaurant in Manhattan's East Harlem. In this second book, he offers more of the same from family, friends, and his own kitchen: e.g., Peppers and Eggs, Christmas Eve Seafood Pasta, and Stove-Top Chicken Cacciatore. Pellegrino is very engaging-his personality is one of the major reasons for Rao's continued popularity (even though it's almost impossible to get a reservation)-and the text reflects his warmth and sincerity. The first book included vignettes and reminiscences from celebrity customers, while this one sticks closer to home. However, Rao's line of pasta sauces is distributed nationwide, and the first cookbook was a best seller. For area libraries and larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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St. Martin's Press
November 04, 2004
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