Flavors of Friuli by Elisabeth Antoine Crawford


Book Title: Flavors of Friuli
Subtitle: A Culinary Journey through Northeastern Italy
Author: Elisabeth Antoine Crawford
Genre: Cooking / Italian
ISBN: 978-0-9703716-1-4
Publisher: Atlas Books
Suggested Retail Price: $29.95

From the book:

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Tucked away between mountains and sea in Italy’s northeast corner, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a veritable melting pot of cultures.  As various parts of the region have passed through Roman, Venetian, Austro-Hungarian and Slavic rule, those very civilizations have helped to shape a unique fusion of cuisines.
Flavors of Friuli is so much more than a cookbook.  It’s also a gorgeous travel book that takes you through the Friuli region in Northeastern Italy.  The Friuli region is located between mountains and see in Italy’s extreme northeast corner.  There are three distinct geographical regions: Northern Mountains, Central Hills and Plains; and Southern Coastline.

The Introduction gives a short history of Friuli and its various geographic regions and includes the most spectacular pictures of churches, ruins, castles and scenery.  Each section of Friuli is discussed in depth from its weather to its geography to the foods it is most known for.  I just cannot describe how gorgeous the many color photographs are in this book.  There are literally photos on almost every page!

The recipe section is broken down into Northern Friuli, Central Fruili, and Southern Friuli.   Each region of Friuli is broken down into recipes for Antipasti, Primi (first course), Secondi (main dishes), Contorni (side dishes), and Dolce (desserts).  Each recipe section has pages full of scenic attractions, festivals, and sites along with tons of photographs and information.

The recipes themselves have a brief introduction or history, an ingredients list and detailed instructions along with gorgeous color photographs.  The recipes are rather in depth although there are quite a few simple ones as well.  Being Italian, some of them require the use of a pasta maker to make your own dough for pasta.

This is a truly spectacular cookbook with recipes and photographs that will really make you feel like you stepped into the Fruili region in northern Italy.  I cannot wait to try the Torta di Mele which is a rustic apple cake from Northern Friuli!

My thanks to the publicist for allowing me to review this book.

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