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EZ Italian Cooking; an extraordinary collection of mouth-watering hard to find old world Italian specialty recipes. Delicious recipes with origins from the Basalicata region of Italy. It is a sad fact of life and evolution that many things including foods that were once the mainstay and enjoyed by family elders are slipping unintentionally into oblivion. Never again will they be enjoyed and used unless, we the keepers of the past take the time to present and preserve their memories as well as we remember them to be in books such as this. I have fond memories of those days long past and have tried to pass to my children the importance of family and the times we shared and enjoyed together. Today the phrase that is most commonly used is bonding. When I was growing up it was only natural for our family to sit together around the kitchen table to eat dinner and enjoy the meal that Mom had spent all day cooking for us, we would talk to each other without the disruption of a loud TV in the background or someones cell phone ringing or someone paying attention to a new text message they just received. Well my friends their is nothing that I can think of that is more bonding or more wonderful than sitting with your loved ones enjoying each other and a great dinner together. NOTE: The recipes in this book EZ Italian Cooking are the same as those written in my Italian recipe book titled "The Way It Was'. "Old World Recipes For New World Cooks". This smaller edition is without photos and commentary of days gone by.
I must have been no more than fifteen or sixteen years old when I first chanced upon Winesburg, Ohio. Gripped by these stories and sketches of Sherwood Anderson's small-town "grotesques," I felt that he was opening for me new depths of experience, touching upon half-buried truths which nothing in my young life had prepared me for. A New York City boy who never saw the crops grow or spent time in the small towns that lay sprinkled across America, I found myself overwhelmed by the scenes of wasted life, wasted love-was this the "real" America?-that Anderson sketched in Winesburg. In those days only one other book seemed to offer so powerful a revelation, and that was Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure.
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