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'Pasta and pizza may be Italy's most eye-catching exports, but it is the country's varied and sensible use of vegetables that provides the best inspiration for American cooks,' writes Jack Bishop. 'Asparagus spears coated with a little olive oil and roasted to intensify their flavor; thick slices of country bread grilled over an open fire and topped with diced tomatoes and shredded basil from the garden; or a fragrant stew with fennel and peas-Italians enjoy these dishes because of what they do contain, not what they don't.'
Many of the recipes were gathered by Bishop during extensive travels throughout Italy. Some are family favorites, adapted from those of his Italian grandmother. All deliver perfect results with a minimum of effort.
Serving suggestions for each recipe make planning vegetarian meals easy. You'll find simple pairings like: Penne with Portobello Mushroom Rag, Red Leaf Lettuce, Arugula and Fennel Salad, Potato-Spinach Gnocchi with Pesto and Marinated Tomato and Red Onion Salad.
The 16 chapters include: Antipasto, Soups, Pasta, Rice, Polenta, Gnocchi, Eggs, Legumes, Side Dishes, Panini and Bruschetta, Salads, Pizza, Calzone and Focaccia, Tarts and Tortas and Desserts.
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