Italy In Small Bites by Carol Field

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  • Spinach pie (Erbazzone)

    • Tommelise on September 20, 2011

      A lovely recipe. The parsley and pancettta give a very nice flavour to this tart. We sometimes use bacon instead of pancetta - it comes out just as well. We make more filling than called for. The first time we made the tart it came out very flat - even if the flavours were nice.

  • Country focaccia with red pepper topping (Focaccia rustica)

    • vickster on July 12, 2020

      Good but thinner and a little more crunchy than I wanted. I was looking for a thicker, fluffier focaccia. But it was very tasty. I didn't add toppings.

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  • ISBN 10 0688111971
  • ISBN 13 9780688111977
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  • Published Jul 28 1994
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Imprint William Morrow

Publishers Text

Beard Award! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner may mark the beginning, middle, and end of the Jay, but for centuries Italians have eaten two small, informal meals that come in between. Italy in Small Bites is the first-ever collection Of recipes for these bite-size treats, known as spuntini and merende, the soul food of Italy.

Spuntini, the midmorning snack, can be as simple as a sublime walnut-and-ralsin-studded coffee cake, while merende, which are enjoyed mid-afternoon, might be a wedge Of onion frittata or artichoke tart, a crunchy pillow of fried dough served with figs or prosciutto, a purée of fava beans, or sweet peppers mounded on a slice of rustic country bread.

The best-known merende in America are pizza and focaccia, but there's an entire universe of appealing food revealed in this book. Though the recipes are tied to centuries of tradition that go back to a time when merende reinvigorated laborers in the fields, they're singularly perfect for contemporary eating in America and are as versatile as they are delicious.

Merende make perfect impromptu meals because they are stunningly simple foods meant to make life easy. Some-bruschetta with various toppings, frittate, vegetable tarts, polenta crostini -- may be familiar, while others are totally new discoveries. Served individually or in combination, they can become a meal -- any meal -- and they are healthy, inexpensive, casual, perfect for the relaxed way we live.

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