the appetizer:

Domenica Marchetti creates elegant meals from simple ingredients in her cookbook The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy, including these recipes: Chicken in Piquant Tomato Sauce, Clam Stew with Prosecco and Sausages and Lentils in the Style of Umbria.

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The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy

by Domenica Marchetti

Italian cooks are masters of the art of preparing simmering soups and stews that showcase seasonal ingredients at their very best. Domenica Marchetti reveals their secrets with The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy, a collection of more than 60 exceptional, authentic recipes that celebrate each season in the Italian tradition.

On a rainy day in fall, nothing takes the chill off like a bowl of Crema di Ceci con Maltagliati, a hearty, rustic soup of pur´┐Żed chickpeas and pasta drizzled with fresh olive oil. In winter, La Genovese di Signora Venditti, a rich ragu of slow-cooked beef and sweet onions, will surely lift the spirits. Vellutata di Asparagi con Orzo Perlato, a delicately flavored, creamy soup of tender asparagus, sweet fennel, and pearled barley makes a perfect spring welcome. And when summer comes, Zuppa di Cozze e Vongole Piccante, a spicy stew of mussels, clams, and ripe garden tomatoes is perfect for a casual dinner party.

With practical information on equipment, seasonal and pantry ingredients, and a delicious mix of classics, regional specialties, treasured family recipes, and contemporary creations, The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy is a book to be savored throughout the year.

About the Author

Domenica Marchetti is an accomplished food writer whose articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Cooking Light, and Fine Cooking. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

William Meppem is a New York-based photographer whose work has appeared in Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living, and Vogue Entertaining.

The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy
by Domenica Marchetti
Photography by William Meppem
Chronicle Books, 2006
$19.95/trade paperback
29 color photographs
ISBN: 0811848175
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