Sunday, April 29, 2012

Canal House Cooking Volume N°. 7: La Dolce Vita by Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton {cookbook review}

cookbook: Canal House Cooking Volume N°. 7: La Dolce Vita

authors: Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton
publisher: Andrews McMeel
flexibound : 124 pages
photos: yes

chapters/sections: Tempus Fugit - Working Up an Appetito - A Good Day for a Big Bowl of Zuppa - Pasta - Riso - Pesce - Big Birds & Little Rabbit - Carne - Eat Your Verdure - Why Buy it When You Can Make it? - Dolci

my favorite feature: Gorgeous photographs and well thought out recipes with introductions based on their "research time" in Italy.

(a few of the many) recipes destined for my kitchen: Ricotta Gnocchi, Chestnuts Prunes & Breadcrumbs, Speck Fontina & Lemon Panino, Fonduta, Christmas Soup, Green Lasagne w/ Tomato Sauce & Fresh Ricotta, Warm Salad of Radicchio & White Beans, Gelato di Gianduia

my thoughts/review: "Recipes have a spirit, they are born of a place and a culture, and to cook well you have to be sensitive to and honor that spirit."

Hamilton and Hirsheimer rented a farmhouse with a kitchen in Tuscany in order to immerse themselves in Italian home cooking.  They observed local cooks and used local ingredients.  This book is the result of their trip.  They came home and cooked that food their way.

I really enjoyed this little book and its beautiful photographs and food.  Recommended!

recipe(s) I have already tried:
Jam Tart
Risotto Bianco
about the authors:  Christopher Hirsheimer (right) served as food and design editor for Metropolitan Home magazine and was one of the founders of Saveur magazine, where she was executive editor. She is a writer and a photographer.

Melissa Hamilton co-founded the restaurant Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, NJ, where she served as executive chef. She worked at Martha Stewart Living, Cook’s Illustrated, and at Saveur as the food editor.

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*I received a free copy of this book to review from the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.
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