Italian Cooking for Beginners Cookbook Review

Italian Cooking for Beginners Cookbook Review

Title: Italian Cooking for Beginners: Simple and Easy Recipes for Weeknights, Parties, Holidays, and More
Author: Anna Prandoni
Published: April 12, 2022, New Show Press
No. of Pages: 128
Cover Price: $14.99 Paperback, $11.49 Kindle

Almost everyone loves Italian food, and many Italian dishes are easy to cook. Beginning cooks who want to learn some easy Italian dishes will want to pick up Anna Prandoni’s Italian Cooking for Beginners: Simple and Easy Recipes for Weeknights, Parties, Holidays, and More. While this cookbook has a limited number of recipes, most are fairly easy and perfect for beginners. There are starters, snacks, main dishes, sides, and desserts to choose from, and most are very appealing. Many of the main dishes call for veal, which is not as easy to get in most grocery stores, and is also expensive when you can find it; in this case, it may be necessary to substitute some good cuts of beef. Most of the dishes are accompanied by beautiful photographs, but the photos aren’t always of the actual finished dishes; rather they are of ingredients or Italian places. Most cooks, especially beginners would rather see what their finished dishes should look like rather than see a few slices of fresh mozzarella with a few tomatoes or other Italian ingredients.

All told, this cookbook is well-written, and the recipes are easy-to-follow. The cookbook includes a few classic Italian dishes such as Spaghetti Carbonara, Saltimbocca alla Romana, and Tiramisu, but most are not well-known in US households. That is not to say that they aren’t mouthwatering, however, and there are several recipes that will become family favorites. Most of the dishes are suitable for serving both family and friends on any occasion, and some are even good to take to a pot luck dinner.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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