BUON APPETITO: A Taste of Italy from Canal House Cooking is a collection of our favorite Italian-inspired recipes, the ones we cook for ourselves, our friends, and our families all throughout the year. From sumptuous antipasti like our eggplant caponata to fresh, flavorful main dishes like grilled lamb chops scottadito, these are the recipes that will make you want to forget about everything else and toast to la vita bella with loved ones. We are home cooks writing about home cooking for other home cooks. Our recipes are special enough for entertaining but simple enough for the novice and experienced cook alike. In this booklet we deliver something for every palate. We make flatbreads from scratch for smoky grilled pizzas and scour gardens and farmers’ markets for the best ingredients for rice salad, roasted onions agrodolce, and more. We pick the freshest figs, the sweetest strawberries, and the creamiest ricottas for simple, elegant desserts. Buon Appetito is an enticing taste of what is to come this year from the Canal House kitchen. We publish three volumes a year: Summer, Fall & Holiday, and Winter & Spring, each filled with delicious recipes for you from us. This year we dedicate each title to the robust, fresh flavors of Italy, and to dishes that will delight your palate and warm your hearts. Buon appetito! 23 delicious triple-tested recipes
Praise for Canal House Cooking:
“Check out the latest volume of Canal House Cooking a collaboration of talent and love by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer.”—Lidia Bastianich
“…the recipes are deceptively sophisticated. With its modest tone and relaxed methods it is, at first glance, a book of straightforward recipes. However, as you look more closely, they are easy to follow as a result of being stripped bare of unnecessary fluff while leaving room for interpretation and instinct.”—Grant Achatz
“This is just the kind of cooking that will inspire you, satisfy you, and compel you into the kitchen time and again.”—Denise Mickelsen, Fine Cooking
“Ever been in the kitchen cooking with a friend and thought, if only I did this for a living? Food-world vets Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer live that dream.”—The Editors, Glamour
Christopher Hirsheimer served as food and design editor for Metropolitan Home magazine, and was one of the founders of Saveur magazine, where she was executive editor. She is a writer and a photographer.
Melissa Hamilton cofounded the restaurant Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, New Jersey, where she served as executive chef. She worked at Martha Stewart Living, Cook’s Illustrated, and at Saveur as the food editor.