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Grilled Duck Breast with Preserved Citrus Peel and Sweet Potato Puree

The A.O.C. Cookbook by Suzanne Goin is filled with examples of her exceptional talent. The main course dishes are just that: complete and often with a touch of complexity. Like this duck delight with sweet potato puree. We added, as you see in the picture, some broccoli to make sumptuous, if overloaded, plate. In the…

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Strings and Beans from Modern Pasta

From Pasta Modern by Francine Sagan comes this complex vegetarian dish. Not complex to prepare, but on so complex in flavor, so satisfying that you will not be asking yourself: where are the meatballs? The delight here is the string beans, cooked with tomatoes, garlic and pepper flakes, and simmered until they are ready to…

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Cookbook Review: Pasta Modern by Francine Segan

Yesterday’s cookbook review and today’s are both Italian. They cover past centuries and project into the future. Yesterday’s Gastronomy of Italy is an encyclopedia of Italian cuisine. Gastronomy surveys the soul of classical Italian food enabling us to understand the full spectrum of Italian dishes, including of course pasta. We can look to that enjoyable past,…

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TBT Cookbook Review: Gastronomy of Italy by Anna Del Conte

This week’s Throwback Thursday cookbook is both old and new. This distinguished encyclopedia of Italian cuisine was first published in 1987 and in 2013 a new and vitally expanded edition was published by Pavillion Books. Author Anna Del Conte may not be widely known in the United States, but in Europe she is adored, awarded,…

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