The Italian Table- Eating Together for Every Occasion by Chef Ron Suhanosky is a wonderful new Italian cookbook that celebrates the joy of serving delicious food to family and friends. It is a treasure trove of 115 recipes for dinners that are served family-style. I was initially drawn to this cookbook because the illustrations are beautiful and inspired me to try making new dishes for my family. After making several recipes, this is one of my new favorite cookbooks because the recipes have clear, easy to follow instructions, healthy whole food ingredients and are perfect for both nightly meals and dinner parties too.
My sister had recently given me several pounds of freshly caught gulf scallops harvested right off her boat so the first recipe that I made was the “Quick-Sauteed Nantucket Bay Scallops with Shaved Prosciutto Di Parma”. It required only a few ingredients including grapeseed oil, kosher salt, cracked black pepper, dry white wine, butter and thin slices of prosciutto di Parma (I found this at my local Italian speciality market). The resulting dish was scrumptious and was a hit with my entire family including the kids. I will never go back to my former way of making scallops again…..this was delicious!
Another favorite recipe is “Nonna’s Stuffed Artichokes”. My husband and I love fresh artichokes but did not know how to make it ourselves. I selected a few lovely artichokes at our farmer’s market and made this recipe using fresh bread crumbs (very easy to make), Romano cheese, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. It was so easy to by following the instructions and the end result was amazing….our first artichokes were a smashing success!
I like the set up of this cookbook with chapters dedicated to, “Just Us”, “Having Company,” “More Company”, “Weekends”, “Sundays”, “Celebrations”, and “Alfresco” so you can choose recipes that are most appropriate for the size of your dinner party. With recipes as delicious and enjoyable as the ones including in The Italian Table……..you will start looking for reasons to entertain and get together with family and friends.
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.