White Bean and Pancetta Bruschetta, Tuscan Bread and Tomato Soup, Chestnut Flour Cake...my mouth is watering just thinking of them all!
Extra Virgin is a cookbook by Debi Mazar of Goodfellas fame and her Italian husband Gabriele Corcos. The two are also hosts of the Cooking Channel's show Extra Virgin, a show that I confess I've never seen. But my curiosity is definitely peaked after reading through this book and catching glimpses of this charismaticly quirky couple through their anecdotes and recipe introductions. The title, an obvious play on words, is an insight into their playfulness and the book's flirtatious winks to the reader.
Disclosure: Lavende and Lemonade was not compensated for this post. I did however receive free product to review on this blog. All opinions are 100% my own.
This book is a tour through traditional Tuscan cooking, with an American twist. Italian classics like fresh pasta, rich red sauce, and hearty soups abound, and are intermingled with a Tuscan interpretation of American comfort foods like Guac & Tortilla Chips (reincarnated here as Olive Oil Guacamole with Beet Chips...mmmmm!)
I'm a sucker for cookbooks with drool-worthy photos, and this book delivers. Nearly every recipe comes with a full-page photo that makes me want to jump into the kitchen and start cooking! I also like the balance of recipes, from starters to vegetables to meat dishes - a great variety for all the seasons.
To see if the recipes in this book match the drool-worthiness of the photos, I made Fresh Cheese Curd Crostini. Admittedly Cheese Curd sounded entirely unappealing until I figured out that this is actually a recipe for homemade Ricotta! Fantastic. The recipe and results are posted here...enjoy!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.