Mangia! Mangia!, Italian for Eat! Eat!, celebrates home-style Southern Italian food, based on traditional recipes and methods passed down through the generations. The authors are passionate in their quest to preserve the vibrant food culture of their parents' native Calabria, and to introduce new generations to the joys of simple, generous cooking with the freshest produce. Join them as they record the sacred seasonal rituals of their childhood, from the production of a year's supply of passata using summer's tomatoes, through autumn's ceremonial preservation of vegetables and olives, to the 'making' of the pig in winter, when an entire pig is converted into a pantry full of salumi. Learn how to match pasta types to sauces, how to prepare traditional Italian favourites like minestrone and lasagne, and how to create mouth-watering sweet treats for special family celebrations.
I loved the history and autobiographical nature of this book, along with the recipes you got to meet the family and hear about their traditions and family time. It also contains those traditional skills, such as salami, sauce making that I have not found in any other cook book. I have bought over 8 copies of this book for Italian family and friends and has been much appreciated.
The recipes are well set out and there is an abundance of atmospheric illustrations. Itís easy to follow and its philosophy sits within the growing local and international slow food movement. Itís all about using whatís in season to the best advantage and wasting nothing; this is sustainability in its original and most engaging form. You can find versions of many of the sauces and preserves in your supermarket, or in a more gourmet form in delis and speciality shops. However they will rarely be as good as those made with ingredients youíve either grown or selected yourself.
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