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LA MIA CUCINA TOSCANA: A Tuscan Cooks in America

Luongo, Pino; Andrew Friedman and Marta Pulini

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ISBN 10: 0767911946 / ISBN 13: 9780767911948
Published by Broadway Books, New York, 2003
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For more than two decades, Pino Luongo has been one of New York City's most renowned restauranteurs. This book is based on dishes served in his popular restaurants as well as recipes he has created at home through improvisation and will delight anyone interested in exploring something new from one of Tuscany's favorite sons. Size: 10 x 10" 270 Pages. Bookseller Inventory # 27549

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Title: LA MIA CUCINA TOSCANA: A Tuscan Cooks in ...

Publisher: Broadway Books, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Michele Tabozzi Color Photographs

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: First Edition.

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Pino Luongo, prolific and irrepressible restaurateur (Le Madri, Coco Pazzo, Tuscan Square, and Centolire) and author of A Tuscan in the Kitchen and Simply Tuscan, has written a highly personal, completely innovative take on the food of his native region.

For more than two decades, Pino Luongo has been one of New York City’s most renowned restaurateurs. Inspired by the many culinary crosscurrents in this most cosmopolitan of cities, he has devised an original version of the food of Tuscany that draws on ingredients and inspiration from Italy, America, and even Asia. Grouping recipes by key ingredients (such as grains and legumes, mushrooms, spring vegetables, and fall vegetables) instead of by courses, he explains the Old-World “Il Classico” roots of his recipes, then takes them in exciting new directions with his own vibrant, New-World versions. In this brand new approach, the thick Florentine soup ribollita becomes a delectable filling for ravioli. Polenta replaces bread in pappa al pomodoro (tomato and bread soup). The farro grain finds a new role as the basis of a warm salad made of mushrooms and arugula. Shellfish is happily married with the usually vegetarian dish caponata. There are poultry (Rigatoni with Chicken and Pea Ragout with Prosciutto), pork (Pork Short Ribs, Tuscan Style), and meat dishes (Lemon and Oregano–Marinated Lamb Chops with Roasted Peppers) and for an unusual finish to the meal, he gives advice on serving cheese with unexpected accompaniments. A luscious selection of dolci includes desserts such as Chocolate Pudding with Cherry Sauce and Citrus Zest and Almond Biscotti. Occasionally Pino Luongo looks back to Tuscany’s glorious past for inspiration, as with the dessert dating from the Renaissance, Tagliatelle Torta with Apples and Raisins. Based on dishes served in Pino Luongo’s popular and acclaimed restaurants as well as recipes he has created at home through improvisation, La Mia Cucina Toscana will delight anyone interested in exploring something new from one of Tuscany’s favorite sons.

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“Pino is always coming up with something new–it’s great how he ties his creativity to the classics.”
--Jean-Georges Vongerichten, chef and restaurateur, and author of Jean-Georges: Cooking at Home with a Four-Star Chef

“Nearly everything I know about Italian food came via Pino Luongo. And Marta Pulini, as far as I'm concerned, is the first and last word on the subject. Together, they changed New Yorkers’ expectations and paved the way for many who came after. La Mia Cucina Toscana is an invaluable and honest representation of Pino’s long, deep and abiding love for the food of his homeland, a straightforward and eminently useful look at the good stuff. I’ve been using their recipes for years.”
--Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential

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