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Michael Chiarello's casual cooking : wine country recipes for family and friends--a napastyle cookbook
Chiarello, Michael.
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San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2002]

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215 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Includes index.
Pantry -- Appetizers -- Eggs & sandwiches -- Soups & salads -- Pasta -- Rice, beans & polenta -- Fish & shellfish -- Meat & poultry -- Vegetables -- Sweet things.
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TX726 .C46 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From Michael Chiarello, author of The Tra Vigne Cookbook, comes a collection of recipes on his favorite subject-and the favorite subject of home cooks everywhere-preparing meals for family and friends. These treasured recipes marry the rich traditions of his Italian culinary heritage with the casual style and fresh flavors of the Wine Country. Each outhwatering dish-such as Tuscan Shrimp with White Beans, Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon Salt, and Italian Fruit Salad with Sta Bene HoneyZabaglione-is sophisticated, yet simple to prepare. Gorgeous color images by award-winning photographer Deborah Jones show dishes that look too good to be this easy! The companion volume to his new 26-part series on public television, Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking is perfect for stress-free weekday meals and spontaneous gatherings of friends and family. It doesn't get any better than this.

Author Notes

Michael Chiarello is the best-selling author of The Tra Vigne Cookbook, the cookbook of one of the most popular restaurants in Napa Valley, which he co-founded, and Flavored Oils and Flavored Vinegars. In addition to his new TV series, being carried on 150 public television affiliates nationwide, he is the host of radio's Another Bite, syndicated to 400 stations, and creator of NapaStyle gourmet foods. He lives in Napa Valley.

Janet Fletcher is an award-winning food and wine writer who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and at Berkeley's celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant. She is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of The Cheese Course (0-8118-254

Deborah Jones has won an International Association of Culinary Professionals award for her photography. Her images appear in many cookbooks, including Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking (0-8118-3383-6), A Perfect Glass of Wine (0-8118-1295-2), and the Vege

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Chiarello is founder of the Napa Valley restaurant Tra Vigne, and his recipes combine his Italian heritage (from Calabria, the toe of Italy's boot) with local produce to mixed results. Some innovations are wonderful: Warm Peach and Prosciutto Salad is a great variation on traditional prosciutto with melon, and the flavors of succulent peaches and salty prosciutto marry so well it's a wonder no one's come up with the combination before. His four seasonal takes on panzanella-a traditional tomato bread salad for summer, Autumn Panzanella with mushrooms, Winter Panzanella with squash and brussels sprouts, and Spring Panzanella with asparagus and peas-also stand out. Occasionally, Chiarello gets whimsical with titles, as with Green Eggs and Ham, a rustic dish of prosciutto, poached eggs and basil oil on toast. Sometimes, though, he goes just a bit overboard with the food itself, as with Brodetto di Mare seafood stew served over risotto, which sounds like a runny combination, and Baby Back Ribs with Espresso BBQ Sauce. Photography and layout are beautiful, making this book as much a pleasure to page through as it is to cook from, and the more appealing fare, such as a Spring Pea Soup with a confetti spray of chive flowers and Radicchio Slaw with Warm Honey Dressing, makes up for the occasional odd duck. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved