Breaking Bread in L'Aquila
by Maria Filice
"Her cookbook is full of elegant and rich traditional dishes from the L'Aquila region. . . . This wonderful book. . . will appeal to foodies and cooks looking for effortless Italian cooking."
"For the cook with the sophisticated side, and an affinity for family-style Italian meals, Breaking Bread in L'Aquila is the perfect book."
—Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts
"The new George Clooney thriller currently in theaters, The American, is set in Italy's Abruzzo region. With the movie, cookbook author and food stylist Maria Filice has found herself uniquely poised to talk about Abruzzo's food."
A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the restoration efforts of the earthquake of L'Aquila.
When a project is conceived out of passion, its roots show. This is the case with the new Italian trattoria-style cookbook, Breaking Bread in L'Aquila. Author Maria Filice traveled many times to L'Aquila, the hometown of her late husband, Paul Piccone, founder of Telos Press. She was immediately smitten by the fresh, clean, and incredibly tasty flavors of the region. There, Paul introduced his bride to San Biagio, a small and charming homestyle restaurant, owned by two brothers who knew how to make their customers happy through their warmth and delicious food. This book, whose recipes are inspired by those she sampled at San Biagio, shares Filice's favorite collection of appetizers, main courses, sides, and desserts.
Bold, colorful, and easy to prepare, these Italian-born dishes are as gorgeous to behold as they are to savor. And they don't take hours of kitchen work! The 49-plus recipes, which are organized according to the seven days of the week (but perfect for any day of the week), are made with ingredients available in your local markets. Red and white wines from the Abruzzo region, which complement the meals, are suggested, as are serving tips. In this practical and fun cookbook, Filice, whose family came from Calabria to Canada and who grew up with a love of food, cooking, and entertaining, guides readers on a personal journey, complete with charming storytelling and tasty tips, to one of the most beautiful areas of Italy's countryside.
In this video, OMNI News interviews Maria Filice about her new cookbook at the April 6, 2010 book launch in Toronto:
Breaking Bread in L'Aquila, by Maria Filice
Hardcover · 142 pages · $29.95