Review by Barb & Ron Kroll
Adventures of an Italian Food Lover
(Clarkson Potter) ISBN 978-0307346391 0307346390
Adventures of an Italian Food Lover is a passionate culinary introduction to Willinger's many Italian friends, their foods, shops, markets, recipes and stories.
This gourmand's travel book to Italy entices readers to meet the people that Willinger describes and taste their foods. Readers who cannot visit Italy are able to replicate their recipes at home.
Each chapter begins with Faith Heller Willinger's description of her experiences with virgin olive oil producers, wine makers and chefs in the region. She then introduces us to restaurant owners, cheesemakers, vintners, fishermen, butchers and vendors of fresh vegetables.
She divides their personal recipes into antipasto, first courses, main courses, side dishes and desserts. Each Italian recipe includes number of servings, ingredients and detailed, yet simple, preparation instructions.
For each regional Italian restaurant and shop, Willinger includes phone and Fax number, website/email and street address, opening hours and credit cards accepted.
Watercolor images of Italian food, friends and scenery by Faith Heller Willinger's sister, Susan Heller, illustrate Adventures of an Italian Food Lover.
Adventures of an Italian Food Lover contains 254 recipes collected by Willinger from her friends all over Italy.
Frittata di strudel with tocai zabaglione. Winter squash and parmigiano tartlets. Leek and sausage orzotto. Ginger apricot biscotti. Mussels with yogurt sauce. Paccheri di gragnano with fish ragu. Smoked mozzarella cutlets. Chocolate-expresso soufflé. Limoncello (lemon liqueur).
Contents of Adventures of an Italian Food Lover
- NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ITALY
- SOUTHERN ITALY AND THE ISLANDS
- Recipes by region
Adventures of an Italian Food Lover cookbook author
Faith Heller Willinger is married to a Tuscan and lives in Florence. For 30 years she has explored Italy, from the Alps to Sicily, made many Italian friends, met many cooks, collected numerous recipes and eaten in some of the best restaurants. She is the author of Eating in Italy and Red, White & Greens.