American chef Jessica Theroux spent a year traveling throughout Italy, cooking and talking with Italian grandmothers. The result is a charming and authentic collection of recipes, techniques, anecdotes, and photographs that celebrate the rustic and sustainable culinary traditions of Italy's most experienced home cooks.
Cooking with Italian Grandmothers features the histories and menus of fifteen grandmothers, each of whom welcomed Ms. Theroux into her kitchen and pantry and shared both favorite dishes and personal wisdoms. From the dramatic winter shores of Ustica to the blooming hills of Tuscany in the spring, readers will journey though Italy's most diverse regions and seasons to discover the country's most delectable dishes, from the traditional to the unexpected, and meet the storied women who make them.
I can't really say enough about my love of romanesco (an Italian cousin of cauliflower). It's bright hue, it's bizarre tessellation of spirals within spirals within spirals, it's burnt caramel by way of a potato chip flavor when roasted, all are good reasons to enjoy this obscure veg. Topped with some roasted salsa verde and parmiggiano, romanesco makes a lovely snack, side, or whatever you need it to be. Enjoy!