Spiedini di Mare from Spritz

Today’s cookbook review is for Spritz, a survey of the world of beverages and bites shared across Northern Italy in the golden hours of each day — the aperitivo hours. Authors Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau toured Italian cities to get specific drink and nibble...

Cookbook Review: Spritz, Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail with Recipes

Yesterday I posted a recipe for a Classic Aperol Spritz. When did the Spritz become the Aperol Spritz? It’s much less recent than you might think: just the 1990s. The spritz story is delightfully presented in Spritz by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau, residents of...

Classic Aperol Spritz

Just a week ago today, Suzen and I were in Milan. We were sitting in the lovely Marchesi patisserie as the day grew dark. We had been walking for hours and we were tired. “We are lost,” Suzen said. “No, we are not,” I gave the only answer I could. There are two things...

How to Travel to Sicily: Authentic Italy

Suzi and I just returned from ten warm days in Italy. Sicily to be precise, one of the regions we had never visited before. Our journey included food, of course, but also city byways like that staircase and some of the amazing ruins that dot the island. Sicily is...

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Five-Hour Lamb with Potato Grain

  This recipe is from last year and was our Easter dinner. If you are thinking of a leg of lamb for this year, I cannot tell you how perfectly wonderful this dish is. Never made leg of lamb? Time to...

Cookbook Review: Myers + Chang At Home

I am spring cleaning and look at what I found in a stack of books on the back of a shelf: the new gem by Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery fame. This book came out last fall, so I have a few months of...

Simple Roasted Spring Asparagus

It is spring. Asparagus is upon. Suzi and I wait all fall and winter to enjoy that very distinctive taste. Asparagus is odd: it seems to have an intense flavor punch and yet you can muddy the whole...

Focaccia in the Round

Suzi bakes bread. Lots of bread. At her cooking school, Cooking by the Book, guests are always greeted with appetizers and beverages. Those appetizers often feature the different sourdough breads...

Cookbook Review: Roast by Marcus Verberne

If you are a foodie and you travel in Europe, then the great food markets are a must. Paris seems to have one on every block. Italy, Turkey, … Each nation has shining examples. My favorite? It is in...

TBT Cookbook Review: Haute Dogs

I first posted this review 4 years ago. Technically, this is not an “old” book like my usual TBT selections. But Spring arrives in a week, most thankfully. Time to shovel out the...

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