Big Flavors from Italian America: Family-Style Favorites from Coast to Coast

America’s Test Kitchen. Jan. 2020. 288p. ed. by ed. by America’s Test Kitchen Eds. ISBN 9781945256790. $29.99. COOKING
Nostalgia merges with history and family in this latest from America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) to bring out the flavors that one remembers from the past. Recipes begin with a section, “why this recipe works,” as a way to introduce the ATK process. Detroit pizza, Philadelphia tomato pie, and St. Louis pizza, among others, round out the pizza section. Many variations of pasta are considered, including spaghetti aglio e olio and spaghetti with fresh clams. The editors also profile relevant businesses. La Campagna from Westlake, OH, offers its signature eggplant pecorino recipe. Specific brands of ingredients, including giardiniera, prosciutto, and cheese are recommended. Dishes that range from appetizers (marinated olives) through desserts (zeppoles) are featured throughout, and full-color photographs emphasize the tasty options.
VERDICT Public libraries can expand their collection with this guide by serving both fans of Italian food and America’s Test Kitchen. Easy-to-make recipes abound and the nod to regionalism is an intriguing, exciting angle.
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