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So You Want To Cook Italian Food

When it comes to ethnic cuisines, there are none more well loved than Italian food. From your local pizza joint (debatable as to whether that’s truly Italian food) to the four-star places found in major cities, Italian food is one of the top choices when families are deciding where to go to eat out.

The food of Italy is commonly thought to be decadent, cheese-laden stuff with a predominance of garlic and oregano, nearly always involving pasta of some sort and usually served with a excellent bottle of wine. While none of this is untrue about Italian cuisine, it does give one a very limited view of what is one of world’s most varied culinary areas.

Italian food has two main influences: geography and history.

The geographical influences largely determine the base components of the food that is served in various parts of the country. In the south, with the warmer climate and abundant access to the sea, tomatoes are abundant, and olive oil is the main stout used in cooking. In the north, where livestock are abundant, butter is the stout of choice and the cheeses are much more varied and exotic.

The historical influences result from Italy having been a battleground many times throughout history, and one of the world’s fantastic imperial powers at one time. The Roman Empire brought in foods and influences from all of Europe and much of Asia and Africa, and after the fall of the empire many other cultures brought their food, and their soldiers, across the Alps.

If you go looking for Italian cookbooks, try to find one that gives you a “tour of Italy” in its recipe offerings. Different regions of the country are well-known for different dishes, and you should give yourself a chance to cook a small of each of them before deciding on a favorite. Most Italian chefs specialize in one region’s cuisine, but the best, like Mario Batali, have a broad appreciation for all of the others. Your Italian food should be the same: drawn from all over! The area in which I live you will find a very wide variety of Italian food.

Andrew Krause is a Chef and Pastry Chef for over 30 years, at persent I own a Gourmet Bakery called The Cheese Confectioner. You can visit my site at andies.cashhosters2.com andies.cashhosters2.com

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