Festa Italiana | Cookbook
Recipes inspired by the festivals and traditions of rural Italy (N.B. Temporarily out of print!)
High quality softcover | Large print, 1st Edition, November 2020
260 Pages | ISBN : 979-1220074285 | €30.00
“Close your eyes. Imagine a sunny garden with a long table laden with delicious food and wine. Picture the views around you, and breathe in the scents of the season. Everyone around the table is happy and relaxed. You have all the time in the world and, for a little while at least, tomorrow is far, far away. You are dreaming of Italy.”
Italians take great pleasure and pride in communal eating, especially if there is something to celebrate. The Italian countryside has a rich and diverse culinary tradition that has evolved around special times of the year such as holidays, harvests and local festivals. With Festa Italiana, the highly anticipated follow-up to “A Kitchen with a View,” Letizia Mattiacci undertakes a culinary journey exploring the traditions of her native Umbria, their cultural significance and memories of family celebrations.
This exploration of festive foods begins with a simple bread and its many wonderful variations, from Torta di Pasqua to Maritozzi, from Pan Nociato to Arvoltolo. Inspired by the seasons and by local events, Letizia presents a variety of dishes from rustic salads to delicate risottos, simple pastas to elegant mains and desserts.
Letizia’s style of cooking is contemporary, seasonal, light, and can be reproduced by anyone who wishes to cook and eat like a true Italian. Over the years her recipes have been enjoyed in many homes around the world by her readers and by the students of Alla Madonna del Piatto cooking school.
Richly illustrated with atmospheric images of village festivals, Italian street life and mouthwatering food photography, Festa Italiana will find a special place in your kitchen and in your heart for joyous parties as well as everyday feasts.
A Kitchen with a View | Cookbook
Seasonal recipes from Alla Madonna del Piatto Cooking School in Umbria, Italy (N.B. Temporarily out of print!)
High quality softcover | Large print, 2nd Edition, October 2016 | €30.00
208 Pages | ISBN 979-1220013864
“Use good quality ingredients in simple combinations. Embrace the rhythm of the seasons. Respect the balance of flavors and textures.”
“A Kitchen with a view” has first been published in April 2015 and it’s now available in its second and self-published edition. “A Kitchen with a view” it’s not only a collection of recipes, it’s a dream come true and an opportunity to tell you about the principles of my cooking phylosophy and about my life in rural Umbria.
Applying these principles to traditional, home-style Italian cooking, I have created a collection of over 60 family-friendly recipes completed by detailed guides to techniques, advice about the quality and choice of ingredients, and stories on local customs and lessons from life. A Kitchen With A View, is a first-hand account of life in the kitchen of a modern Italian family -my family – and could hardly be more authentic.
Recipes for classics like fettuccini with black truffle, join new interpretations of traditional dishes, such as the Pear-amisu.
As you probably know if you follow this blog, I love to cook light and fresh and my recipes are simple, accessible to anyone who wishes to cook, and eat, like a true Italian.
With beautiful photography of the Umbrian countryside and its enchanting hill-towns, a Kitchen With A View, will instantly transport you into the heart of rural Italy and its people.
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