Cucina Povera

My review of “Cucina Povera” by Pamela Sheldon Johns is up on Zester. Take a look. The book offers a good bit of history about life in Tuscany during WWII and how the hard times shaped the area’s cuisine. It also offers some great, traditional recipes like farmyard crostini, made here with chicken liver:

Pureed chicken liver for crostini del cortile

Another recipe got me stuffing squid and cooking it in tomato sauce. It was delicious! This is a beautiful little book that would make a great gift for Tuscany lovers (a taste of that crostini, with capers and apple blended into the liver, will whisk them right back to the region) or for anyone looking for some simple recipes for good, traditional Italian food. Check out the review for more.


About cdhla

I'm a former editor at several lifestyle magazines who's been freelancing since moving from NYC to LA. I call my blog The Chipped Platter to remind us that chips are better than perfection. The platter in question, a round one made by Gien, has traveled the world with me, visited with friends and family, celebrated milestones, and offered sustenance. My cherished Chipped Platter is part of the family. (I love my chipped plates, too!) On this blog, I'll be sharing my adventures of cooking for my family and friends, venturing out into restaurants and learning tips from people I meet. Come along!
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