Rustic Italian offers over 100 recipes that are inspired by classic Italian favourites, but are lighter, fresher, simpler and perfect for today's home cook. Seasonal ingredients shine in dishes that are casual, welcoming and suited for both impromptu entertaining and weeknight meals. The chapters are divided by course and include Antipasti, Zuppe e Insalate, Pasta, Pizza e Risotto, Pesce e Carne, Contorni and Dolci. You'll find dishes that are bursting with flavour yet easy to execute, like crostini with figs, pasta with caramelized onions and pancetta, roasted chicken with olives and lemons, Tuscan-style steak with crispy rosemary potatoes and pistachio gelato. The author's friendly voice shines through in anecdotal notes throughout, and wine-pairing suggestions are offered for every recipe. The book is rounded out with descriptions of Italian pantry staples, ingredient glossaries, and a guide to Italian wines.
Domenica Marchetti is a food writer, recipe developer and cooking teacher who specialises in seasonal Italian cooking. She is the author of three cookbooks on casual Italian cooking. She lives in Virginia, USA, with her husband and two children.