Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome by Rachel Roddy

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  • Pasta with broccoli (Pasta e broccoli)

    • aliradloff on January 26, 2021

      This is on rotation at our house. It ticks so many boxes - delicious, filled with vegetables, quick, easy, plus our toddler loves it. It’s a great weeknight dinner. We usually add in a few anchovies with the garlic too.

  • Ricotta and lemon ring cake (Ciambellone di ricotta e limone)

    • Melanie on July 27, 2016

      Delicious. Simple flavours but not too plain.

    • a2cook on October 16, 2016

      Loved this! Not too sweet, and very easy to make.

    • Lepa on March 12, 2019

      This is such a delicious, easy cake. I whipped it together with my young son. We picked it because it was so easy and I didn't have high expectations but I feel like I discovered the little black dress of breakfast/snacking cakes! The texture is lush and the flavor is rich and lemony but not too sweet.

  • Roast potatoes with rosemary, garlic, and lemon (Patate al forno con rosmarino, aglio e limone)

    • Yildiz100 on December 28, 2019

      Unlike the previous reviewer, I detected almost no flavor from the garlic or the rosemary. Not a repeat for me.

    • a2cook on October 04, 2016

      Another wonderful recipe from Rachel Roddy! This is simple, elegant, and delicious. I didn't think smashing the garlic and adding it whole instead of mincing or crushing it would add much flavor, but I was wrong. The garlic, lemon, and rosemary flavors were perfectly balanced. Love this! A+ recipe!

  • Minestrone

    • Yildiz100 on January 03, 2018

      Very good. Neither too light nor too rich. The parm really pulls it all together. I also tried throwing a torn up basil leaf in my bowl and it was very nice. It makes me wonder how this would be with some pesto or pistou stirred in. One note, the cabbage aroma is a bit strong, which I love, but I would think twice before serving to a guest. Also, I love the texture of cabbage so next time, cut it in larger pieces rather than shredding.

  • Spaghetti with ricotta and black pepper (Spahetti con ricotta e pepe nero)

    • a2cook on October 29, 2016

      Simple, quick, and delicious! This is a good dish to make when you're craving comfort food, but feel too lazy to cook. As the author suggests, be very, very generous with the black pepper; it makes all the difference.

  • Tomatoes stuffed with rice (Pomodori al riso)

    • a2cook on September 25, 2016

      Very very good! And very simple to make. Had a little extra tomato/rice stuffing, so baked that in a ramekin alongside the main recipe. This is definitely going into my "favorite recipes" list!

    • danielis on March 06, 2018

      This is one of my favourite recipes. It isn't the quickest but it is seriously delicious. I love the rice filled tomatoes with potatoes. It's carb heaven!

  • Spaghetti with cured pork, eggs, and cheese (Spaghetti alla carbonara)

    • Lepa on November 01, 2020

      I have been trying various carbonara recipes and this may be the best- and easiest- I have tried. It was marvelous!

  • Linguine with courgettes, egg, and Parmesan (Linguine con zucchine)

    • Lepa on January 21, 2019

      I thought this was okay. I didn't like the sweetness from the onions. I prefer a zucchini spaghetti with garlic and olive oil- or plain carbonara to this version.

  • Spaghetti with tomatoes, anchovies, capers and olives (Spaghetti alla puttanesca)

    • Lepa on February 11, 2019

      This was a nice version of puttanesca. It has less garlic, along with more anchovies and olives than other versions I have tried. This gave it a nice smoky, umami flavor that my husband loved. I was a bit surprised that she called for a small can of tomatoes so I used a large one and the consistency and flavor were just right.

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  • ISBN 10 1444735063
  • ISBN 13 9781444735062
  • Published Jun 04 2015
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 384
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Imprint Saltyard Books

Publishers Text

'Of course I thought Rome was glorious, but I didn't want to stay. A month, three at most, then I'd take a train back to Sicily to finish the clockwise journey I'd interrupted, before moving even further southwards...' Instead, captivated by the exhilarating life of Testaccio, the wedge-shaped quarter of Rome that centres round the old slaughterhouse and the bustling food market, Rachel decided to rent a flat and live there. Thus began an Italian adventure that's turned into a brand new life. FIVE QUARTERS charts a year in Rachel's small kitchen, shopping, cooking, eating and writing, capturing a uniquely domestic picture of life in this vibrant, charismatic city. Combining Rachel's love of Italian food and cooking with a strong nostalgia for home and memories of growing up in England, this is a cookbook to read in bed as well as to use in the kitchen.

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