Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays

Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays is a new volume of Italian holiday recipes from Rosella Rago and her family and friends. This is a follow up book to her general Cooking With Nonna family recipe book (reviewed here by me).

Released 6th Nov 2018 on Quarto's RacePoint imprint, it's 264 pages and available in hardcover and ebook formats.

I loved the warm and inviting writing style along with the photos and personal stories. It's certainly a functional cookbook with lots of authentic recipes made with basic, easily sourced (or made) ingredients.  I think where this book shines though is in the personal stories and family photos. 

The recipes are arranged around the holiday calendar.  It starts with New Year's Eve and moves through the year to Christmas. There is also a chapter full of dishes associated with different Saints' days throughout the year.

Of the over 100 included recipes, there are a number for kitchen ingredients, pickles, and serving suggestions which are worth the cost of the book.  We have made several batches of the gardiniera (mixed pickled vegetables) and they're a firm family favorite now.

There are a huge number of sweet cakes, cookies, and candy (including sweets which look like coal, for naughty family members at Christmas).

Wonderful collection of special recipes.  The instructions are complete and well-written.  The recipes are made with easily sourced ingredients. The finished dishes are well photographed and appealing.

Superlative cookbook.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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