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Cooking, Italian

Feb 12, 2013 — Before the roses and the romance, Valentine's Day commemorated the Roman Saint Valentine — Valentinus, in Latin. And in her new cookbook, Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes, chef Nigella Lawson offers up simple recipes that celebrate the cuisine of the country Saint Valentine called home.
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Nov 22, 2011 — Culinary scholars and serious home cooks share their hard-won wisdom in 11 new cookbooks. They've spent years toiling in the kitchen, and now these experts are here to help you perfect your roast, indulge your sweet tooth or feed your 12-year-old.
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May 17, 2011 — Unlike the friendly but fictional food faces of Betty Crocker, Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, Chef Boyardee — that jovial, mustachioed Italian chef — is real. His great-niece, Anna Boiardi, shares family recipes and stories in her new book, Delicious Memories.
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Mar 24, 2011 — Twenty years ago, Italian food was regarded as cheap, peasant food. Now it's served on menus worldwide and considered to be one of the healthiest cuisines. Esquire Magazine's food critic John Mariani chronicles the story of pizza, macaroni and red sauce in How Italian Food Conquered the World.
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Nov 27, 2008 — Thanksgiving, of course, is about family. But it's also about the food. Farai Chideya talks with famed TV chef Giada De Laurentiis, host of Food Network's Everyday Italian and Giada at Home about some of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes and how she manages her busy career.
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Jul 10, 2007 — Italian and sushi are two words that normally don't go together. Chef David Pasternack is trying to change that, with a dish called crudo. The chef at Esca in New York City has a new cookbook, The Young Man and The Sea.
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Jun 4, 2007 — What is it about new summer cookbooks? Maybe it's the way they come out in such feverish, lush abundance, at a time when the world and all its folly are slowly grinding to a halt. Peruse the season's best.
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Jul 25, 2006 — Book critic Oscar Villalon offers his appreciation of Bill Buford's new memoir Heat. Inspired by Italian star chef Mario Batali, Buford experiences a trial by fire in the kitchen of one of New York's top restaurants.
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Jun 5, 2006 — Bill Buford worked for a year as a low-level "kitchen slave" for chef Mario Batali in one of New York's most famous restaurants, Babbo. His book is a fascinating look at Italian food, restaurants and kitchen magic.
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Apr 13, 2006 — Cookbook author and TV personality Giada De Laurentiis has been having a hard time buying a new table for her renovated kitchen — and her deadline is Easter. She reflects on the decision and how, for her, the kitchen table signifies family.
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