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10 December 2009

Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites by Mary Ann Esposito : A Book Review

Title: Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites: Quick and Delicious Recipes from an Italian Kitchen
Author: Mary Ann Esposito
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Hardcover: 150 pages
ISBN: 9780312377694
Genre: Cookbook


About the Book:

In Mary Ann Esposito's new book, Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites, she shows home cooks how to turn just five ingredients into an easy, delicious, and economical Italian dish for the family dinner table. Mary Ann Esposito knows that the genius behind great Italian cooking is the simple philosophy of using just a few quality ingredients to create something delicious. In Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites she shows home cooks how to make that philosophy work for them so that they can save time and money without sacrificing flavor. With seventy-five authentic Italian recipes -- from antipasti to pastas, main courses to desserts -- Esposito draws on the Italian culinary tradition of simplicity in the kitchen to create such effortless and tasty dishes as:

* Prosciutto di Parma, Fontina, and Fig Wraps
* Spicy Soppressata Tartlets
* Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs
* Pistachio-Dusted Pork Chops
* Oven-Poached Halibut with Shallot and Fennel
* Escarole Salad with Mustard Dressing
* Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Banana Tartlets
* Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Vanilla

With Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites, Mary Ann Esposito serves up a surefire way to please family and friends with easy recipes that are quick and delicious.

My Review:

Mary Ann Esposito's cookbook Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites: Quick and Delicious Recipes From an Italian Kitchen is a charming and cozy cookbook with everything the title promises and more. The cookbook itself is divided up into eleven sections not including the Introduction and Index. Esposito begins with the "Five Basics" of the pantry, refrigerator and freezer. From there she proceeds into her delicious recipes. Each section begins with what I think of as a pep talk. I do not cook well, so I truly appreciate these personal talks Esposito has added to the cookbook. Next she adds "Five Tips" on how to make whatever the section is, for example, her soup section, she title is "Five Soup Tips". Being sick I gravitated to the Soup section, read Esposito's introduction (she even knew I was afraid to make soup from scratch), I proceeded to read the five tips and sent my son to the store for the ingredients to make her Vellutata di Porri, Creamy Leek Soup, which turned out delicious! This small book packs a lot of delicious recipes from appetizers to desserts, with numerous helpful tips and all using just five ingredients. Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites: Quick and Delicious Recipes From an Italian Kitchen by Mary Ann Esposito will make a welcome addition to any kitchen

About the Author:

Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the long-running PBS series Ciao Italia, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010. She is the author of eleven successful cookbooks, including Ciao Italia Slow and Easy and Ciao Italia Pronto! She lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

For more information, please visit her site.

I would live to thank FSB Media for supplying me with a copy of this book. My review was in no part influenced by my receiving a free review copy.



•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Can't beat just 5 ingredients! This cookbook sounds wonderful. Ooh and the panna cotta?! Yum!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.... I want to use this recipe soon. I did not have it. Love cookbooks!