Ecco Press, October 1997. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #244850
Beginning with "Essentials, " Solo Verdura includes helpful tips on how to buy, store, and clean various vegetables, from the ever-popular porcini mushroom to the relatively unknown salsify, cardoon, and celeriac. Once you know how to choose the best, Bianchi offers a variety of preparation techniques: braising, sauteing, steaming, frying, and stewing; roasting, boiling, baking, and grilling. She follows with eight chapters full of recipes for Tuscany's harvest: Leaves and Stalks; The Cabbage Family; Roots, Tubers, and Bulbs; Pods and Seeds; Vegetable Fruits; Mushrooms and Truffles; Vegetable Medleys; and finally, Broths, Sauces, Pestos, Oils, and Dough. In typical Tuscan fashion, these accessible recipes respect the natural flavors of vegetables without masking them in overpowering sauces. Melanzana Ripiena (Eggplant Boats Stuffed with Gorgonzola Polenta), Ravioli di Broccoli Profumati con Limoncino e Scalogne (Broccoli Ravioli Perfumed with Shallots and Lemon Balm), and Crostata di Scarola, Cicoria e Acetosa (Bitter Greens Tart) are just a few of the dishes that will show you how to cook and savor vegetables Italian-style. Illustrated with over fifty black-and-white photographs, Solo Verdura brings a little bit of Tuscany into your home.
Tender artichokes, curly endive, plump eggplants, fragrant fennel--these are a mere sampling of the treasures found in the fields of Tuscany, where vegetables are not just a side dish. Here Anne Bianchi, director of Toscana Saporita, a Tuscan cooking school, share the secrets--old and new--of how vegetables are prepared in this region. Bianchi captures the spirit of the region with contemporary recipes accompanied by engaging vignettes. 50 b&w photos.