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The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine

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Pros: Deftly designed with serious cooks and cooking students in mind

Cons: Not for culinary criminals looking to steal a few minutes of study; serious food handlers, only.

The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine

The International Culinary Center with Cesare Casella & Stephanie Lyness

 

Reviewed by Jim Berman

 

 

I did not want to like The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine.  Any collection that appears ‘complete’ rarely ever is. Through the pages, I look for some recipe or technique that I know to be lost. And usually it is; not necessarily, some obscure bit, but a chunk that should be there but is absent and then my confidence wanes. Delightfully, I am proud to proclaim I do not think that to be the case with The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine. The compendium is all there!

 

It will take some time to get through The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine and it is not a cookbook, per se, for the casual cook or the weekend kitchen thrill-seeker. Once The French Culinary Institute, the good folks are now The International Culinary Center and have made the mental push-ups of The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine well worth the heavy lifting.

 

The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine is a text book. Let’s be clear. It is technique-heavy and laden with history, instruction, nods to geography and process. The 500+ pages are divided, with a stroke of genius, by Recipes and Lessons. Within those sections, the recipes are gathered up into culminating groups on, say, vegetables. In that section, for example, there will be a bit piece on the etymology of name of the dish, a little dash of history and, perhaps, some notes on variations. The twenty chapters grab at the requisite pasta, risotto and breads, but are also colored with separate chapters on bean soups, various proteins, cakes and frozen desserts, among others. Speaking of color, there are over 600 photographs that make for a lesson on frenching a lamb rack or filling and shaping ravioli that much easier to bring to life in your own kitchen. The Lessons section goes as far as breaking down the brigade system, some introductory elements of sanitation and knife selection. Like I said, it is complete.

 

Because the rest of the world is right and we are wrong, the recipes use the metric system. If you aren’t a fan of converting or rolling with the way that proper recipes should be scribed, there are equivalents provided, although volume is a much less accurate medium for scaling ingredients. One day we’ll learn. In the meantime, The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine will deliver the goods and bring about a classroom mode for delivering the 20 regions of Italy to you, spoonful by glorious spoonful.

 

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The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine
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The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine is a comprehensive guide to traditional Italian cooking. The book teaches the skills necessary to master both the art and the science of classic Italian cuisine, as presented by The International Culinary Center’s School of Italian Studies. With more than 200 recipes, detailed instructions on the professional techniques required to prepare them, and hundreds of photographs, this one-of-a-kind cookbook will appeal to both home cooks and working chefs. The book begins with “Flavors of Italy,” an overview of the primary ingredients used in Italian cooking. The recipes that compose the core of the book are organized in 20 chapters, from antipasti, stocks, sauces, and soups to pasta, risotto, pizza, fish, meats, vegetables, and a spectacular array of desserts. The final section is an encyclopedic glossary of Italian cooking techniques, each illustrated with precise step-by-step photographs.Praise for The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine:“Wow. This cookbook. . . . Wow. Let’s just say if you love pasta above all else and strive for risotto perfection . . . then this is most definitely the cookbook for you!” —TheKitchn.com

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AuthorCesare Casella Stephanie Lyness French Culinary Institute
BindingHardcover
EAN9781584799900
ISBN1584799900
LabelStewart, Tabori & Chang
ManufacturerStewart, Tabori & Chang
PublisherStewart, Tabori & Chang
StudioStewart, Tabori & Chang
TitleThe Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine
Item Height9.02 inches
Item Length10 inches
Item Weight5.9 pounds
Item Width1.81 inches
Languages - Original LanguageEnglish
Languages - PublishedEnglish
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NumberOfPages512
Package Height1.9 inches
Package Length10.3 inches
Package Weight5.65 pounds
Package Width9.3 inches
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PublicationDate2012-10-01
Creator - PhotographerMathew Septimus
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