It's time for another new Canada-wide simultaneous cookbook review, as myself and food bloggers across the country fill our kitchens with recipes from Per La Famiglia - Memories and Recipes of Southern Italian Home Cooking by Emily Richards.
Once you've read about my experience making Per La Famiglia's Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter, be sure to follow the links below to visit other food blogs and check out what everyone else has been making. Oh, and there's a giveaway too! Enter below to win...
Translating from Italian, Per La Famiglia means 'For the Family' and with this in mind, author Emily Richards shares recipes and cooking techniques from her Southern Italy heritage. Focusing on those classic 'Nonna & Nonno' dishes that I've also loved since my own childhood growing up in a Ontario Italian community, this family-friendly book encourages children to help out in the kitchen to keep those Italian traditionals alive and thriving. The extensive Food Glossary of Italian ingredients will help home cooks at every skill level feel comfortable trying these approachable rustic recipes using fresh ingredients.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the Menus for Italian Celebrations, suggesting how to pair different recipes together to create Italian feasts throughout the year. The Christmas Day or Natale menu list is particularly toothsome, bringing together Panchetta & Parmesan Pasta, Roast Pork & Potatoes, Garlicky Green Bean, Mixed Green Salad and Panettone Bread Pudding.
I love the variety of Italian recipes included in this book - with pastas and pizzas made from scratch with scratch-made sauces, main entrees, appetizers and desserts, and an entire chapter devoted to Italian cookies.
The bright and festive photography for Per La Famiglia really makes me want to try out the recipes. I do wish every recipe had a photo, but that's just my own preference and recipes with similar techniques can easily be cross-referenced as I did working in the pasta & gnocchi section.
Each of us Per La Famiglia bloggers across Canada chose a recipe to try out, photograph and share our experiences cooking from the book. I picked Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter as I'd never made a gnocchi including sweet potato before and I already like eating every single word in that recipe title.
Making the gnocchi was straightforward and non-intimidating, and before I knew it, pow - I was rolling ridges into fresh gnocchi on my brand new wooden gnocchi board like a champion (an amateur champion who has much to learn, but still!). I did find the gnocchi dough quite wet both times I tried the recipe and had to use additional flour to prevent sticking. I think in future makings I'll wait to peel the potato & sweet potato until after they're boiled to keep excess moisture down.
The classic sage and butter sauce compliments the bright orange gnocchi and I really like that the recipe uses a combination of traditional potato and sweet potato, giving the pasta a different flavour while maintaining that classic fluffy cloud texture.
Per La Famiglia Blog Hop
Learn more about the Per La Famiglia cookbook and discover what other food bloggers across Canada have whipped up for you. I've split the list below into Savoury bloggers and Sweet bloggers depending on the recipe they made. Click all the links to visit my fellow cross-country bloggers and get ready to drool. Links go live throughout the morning of March 23rd.
Savoury Per La Famiglia Bloggers
Amanda from Once Upon a Recipe made Balsamic-Roasted Pear Wedges with Prosciutto. Daaaaaamn, that sounds good!
Sweet Per La Famiglia Bloggers
Tiffany from Eating Niagra made Potato Doughnuts. Yes, please!
Kristy from She Eats made Egg & Raisin Bread. Just in time for Easter
Chrissie from The Busy Baker made Amaretti Cookies. Is officially invited to my house for coffee. Bring Amaretti!
Jenny from The Brunette Baker make that classic Italian dessert Ricotta Cannoli. Also invited to my house for coffee. Bring cannoli!
Enter the Per La Famiglia Giveaway to win your own copy of the cookbook signed by the author along with a gnocchi board and a three-piece Microplane Elite Grater/Zester set. Total prize value $75 CDN.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Whitecap Books for providing me with a review copy of Per La Famiglia and to Microplane for providing the giveaway's grater gift set prize.