In their favor is the great pantry available to an Italian cook. Sometimes I think that if you put Parmesano Reggiano, fresh Tuscan olive oil, capers from Panteloria, sliced garlic, and basil from Genoa on shoe leather, it would taste good. It you replace shoe leather with artisinal bread, pasta, shellfish, spinach, or chicken and add tomatoes and anchovies, you basically have the recipes in this book. This is certainly an exaggeration, but not much.
I am truly impressed by how simple and easy many of the recipes in this book appear on the page. Like a lot of simple recipes in Patricia Wells' new book 'The Provence Cookbook', they make you wonder how something so simple can taste good.
I tried recipes in both books and I can attest that even a simple combination of pasta, broccoli, olive oil, garlic, and pancetta which comes together within 20 minutes, can be really impressive, especially as a dish which gives one both a starch and a vegetable. The same surprisingly short list of ingredients is the norm for most of the recipes. This is not to say there is no variety in the recipes.
Just the opposite is true. In the short chapter on ricotta recipes, there are two different Italian specialities based on similar short ingredient lists that are totally unfamiliar to me. The first is 'Gnudi' that may be loosely described as a ricotta gnocchi. There are two recipes, one plain or 'Bianchi' and the other with spinach. The second type of recipe is a ricotta gratin named 'Sformata di ricotta'. The very best aspect of this and many other of these recipes is that it calls for cherry tomatoes which succeed in being reasonably tasty even if they are grown in a hothouse out of season.
Another example of a successful mix of novelty and diversity is the chapter of nine potato recipes. Two of the nine are gnocchi, so there is nothing new there, and one is mashed potatoes with nutmeg and parmesan, so there is nothing dramatic there. But the other six recipes make dramatic combinations of potato with fennel, mustard, pumpkin, lemon, and tomato sauce. Speaking of tomato sauce, the book's pantry 'quick tomato sauce' is really quick with four ingredients and about 20 minutes of cooking time for an experienced cook.
Compare this to Mario Batali's basic sauce which I find difficult to prep and cook in less than an hour but then, I'm not the fastest knife in the kitchen. Even dishes which may appear to have involved or difficult recipes such as potato gnocchi or risotto appear simple in Rogers and Gray's words. I think this is a symptom that these recipes are not as daunting as they may seem to the newbie, but it is also a symptom of the fact that Rogers and Gray are writing to people who have some experience in the kitchen.
The dozens of helpful little hints you typically get on the 'Molto Mario' show about the technique for heating garlic in oil, for example, are simply not there.
There are no tips on peeling fava beans or even a hint that fava beans are naturally double wrapped. There is no babble about terroir or commentary on how the recipes were found or invented.
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Barok's Exodus is the second book in science-fiction series, The Stritonoly Chronicles. Following its prequel, The Eye Of The Storm, Barok's Exodus picks up six years later, as Barok, the Acidel leader, begins to question his existence and his blind faith. Feeling like he is missing something, Barok decides to escape his enslavement and begin a quest that will bring meaning to his life.
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They do not question or try to advance themselves in any way and when Barok begins to "think", he does what no other Acidel has done before him, he leaves behind all that he has ever known in search of the answers to his questions.
However, what Barok is about to find is something more than he bargains for and he must make a choice that will enhance his survival or eliminate him. When the officials are finally notified the guards are sent out to return Barok, there are many who wish to use him in their power struggles and their trail leads them to the forests of the Spiderons, a deadly spider like creature who will stop at nothing to eradicate the humans from the land. This cunning race of creatures have their own agenda, who will survive as the Spiderons launch an attack on the unsuspecting warriors??
Princess Becki continues her manipulation in Barok's Exodus even as she is kept captive and under tight guard away from the citizens of her land. Suffering from a split personality, Becki's character has only strengthened the plot, as your left wondering her new angle and the surprises that are sure to unfold. And underneath all this plot is another sub-plot, one we watch get closer and closer to the unsuspecting inhabitants of Stritonoly, will it be their ultimate demise or will a saviour be found in time to save them all??