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Cookery, Italian

Jun 20, 2010 — This year has yielded a bumper crop of cookbooks for the farmers market regular. Food writer T. Susan Chang has sorted through this bounty to come up with an armload of recommendations — as well as a score of great summer recipes — for the locavore in your life.
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Nov 25, 2009 — If you're the kind of person who's always believed that a book can teach you to do anything, this year's crop of cookbooks will prove you right. Cooks lacking confidence will find comfort in detailed instructions and comprehensive how-tos.
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Nov 23, 2009 — Barbara Lynch's recipe for Roasted Fennel and Green Beans from Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition.
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Nov 19, 2009 — Barbara Lynch's recipe for Truffled Gnocchi with Peas and Mushrooms from Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition.
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Aug 21, 2007 — Buford spent 15 months as a "kitchen slave" to celebrity chef Mario Batali in a three-star New York restaurant. Heat chronicles his quest to become a competent line cook in a professional kitchen.
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Jun 28, 2007 — The food memoir now has a major shelf in most big bookstores. We asked Ruth Reichl, the editor of Gourmet magazine and the author of two food memoirs, to talk about some of her favorite books about food.
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Nov 27, 2006 — However you feed your soul, this season's crop of cookbooks, crafted by big-name chefs, food personalities, and just plain good cooks, is sure to please those on your holiday list who take pleasure in preparing good things to eat.
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Nov 9, 2005The Silver Spoon has been a staple of Italian kitchens for five decades. A new translation reveals the best-selling cookbook's secrets to an English-speaking audience.
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Oct 15, 2005 — TV chef Mario Batali is known for the creative Italian fare he serves at his popular New York restaurants, including Babbo. But his latest cookbook, Molto Italiano, gets back to the basics.
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