In their debut cookbook, actress Debi Mazar and her husband, Gabriele Corcos, share their passion for Tuscan food with home cooks everywhere
Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen
In their debut cookbook, actress Debi Mazar and her husband, Gabriele Corcos, share their passion for Tuscan food with home cooks everywhere. From their charming Brooklyn home to their beautiful villa in Fiesole, Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; $32.50; on sale May 6, 2014) brings Tuscany to readers by way of funny, sexy, and sassy stories, served up alongside 120 mouthwatering recipes that are destined to become family favorites.
Debi first learned to cook from her grandmother, but her Tuscan touch was given to her by her
Italian husband, Gabriele. Gracing these pages are the delightful details of how Debi and Gabriele first fell in love, how they raise their two daughters in Brooklyn, and how they spend their date nights (Negronis and Spaghetti Puttanesca!).
Extra Virgin’s classic recipes and stunning color photographs introduce Tuscan cooking to a new audience, showcasing how Italian cuisine, rooted in traditional methods and healthy ingredients, is perfect for home cooks. Debi and Gabriele teach you how to Tuscanize any modern family meal or romantic dinner with recipes such as:
Antipasti: Pecorino and Honey Dip; Guacamole with Baked Beet Chips; Grilled Apricots with Goat Cheese Ricotta
Pasta e Sughi (Pasta and Sauces): Homemade Pappardelle; Pasta Alla Norma “Nuda”; Four-Cheese Penne; Pasta alla Gricia
Risotti (Risotto): Sausage and Asparagus Risotto; Risotto with Taleggio and Wild Carrot Honey; Shrimp and Zucchini Risotto
Zuppe (Soups): Pasta and Bean Soup; Tuscan Bread and Vegetable Soup ; Lobster and Cannellini Bean Soup
Insalate (Salads): Blood Orange Salad; Grilled Squid with Arugula and Grapefruit Vinaigrette; Octopus Salad; Cucumber, Beet, and Bottarga Salad
Carne (Meat): Grilled Tuscan Chicken; Hunter’s Chicken; Frittata Roast Roll; Florentine Osso Buco; Beef Stew with Polenta
Pesce (Fish): Livorno-Style Mixed Fish Stew; Cod Florentine-Style; Seared Grouper over Fregola with Fava Beans and Heirloom Tomatoes; Fish Tacos
Verdure (Vegetables): Braised Artichokes; Sautéed Dandelion Greens with Garlic; Grilled Endive with Gorgonzola and Sage Oil; Eggplant Parmesan
Pizza: Buffalo Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomato Pizza; White Pizza with Prosciutto and Arugula; Tomato, Anchovy, and Caper Pizza
Panini: Speck, Pecorino, and Grilled Eggplant Sandwich; Prosciutto and Taleggio Sandwich with Fig Preserves; Soppressata and Marinated Artichoke Sandwich
Dolci (Desserts): Fig Jam Tart; Olive Oil Gelato with Cherry Compote; Chestnut Flour Cake; Roasted Peaches with Amaretti Filling
Bevande (Drinks): Limoncello; Negroni; Aperol Spritz
With Debi’s star charisma and Gabriele’s Italian warmth gracing every page, Extra Virgin is a gorgeous guide to embracing Tuscan food and culture and bringing passion into your kitchen.
About the Authors:
Debi Mazar made her feature film debut in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and has worked with numerous noted directors. She is also widely known for her role on HBO’s hit series Entourage. Gabriele Corcos was raised in Tuscany. Debi and Gabriele are the writers, producers, and cohosts of Cooking Channel’s primetime hit show Extra Virgin and run the site Under the Tuscan Gun, launched in 2007. They live in Brooklyn with their two daughters.