Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers
Our guest today is Rossella Rago, author of Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food and Family with Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers. She joins us to talk about making fresh pasta from scratch, the difference between Italian and Italian-American food, showstopping desserts, and much more.
Rossella Rago is the host of the online cooking show and food webisode series, Cooking with Nonna, the winner of the Food Network's 24 Hour Restaurant Battle - Battle Italiano, and now, the author of the cookbook Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food and Family with Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers. As a first generation Italian-American from Brooklyn, Rossella grew up cooking with the own nonna, and has drawn on the culinary wisdom of other nonne in her community in her new cookbook.
While people might think of Italian food as cheesy pasta dishes, traditional Italian cuisine incorporates lots of seasonal produce to make the most of what's available throughout the year in dishes like Mushroom-Style Eggplant and Stuffed Artichokes. Vegetables abound in this new cookbook. And while some of the techniques, like making fresh pasta from scratch, can seem intimidating, Rossella encourages home cooks to give it a try. It may not come out perfectly the first time, but after a bit of practice, anyone can make these simple and delicious recipes.