Emily Richards’ new cookbook is out, and Per La Famiglia is a shrine to southern Italian cooking. Emily is a pretty well known figure in Canadian Cooking, but for those that have been living under a rock (or possibly an igloo) Emily has been featured on Food Network TV and been a staple in the Canadian Living test kitchen.
Emily has contributed to other cookbooks in the past, but this one is a personal celebration of all her family favourite recipes. And when I say family, I mean, famiglia, a presence that is strong throughout the cookbook, with tried and true recipes from her Italian roots peppered throughout the book. I had the personal good fortune to hang with Emily (and a few of my foodie pals!) at her casa and meet her lovely parents, and learn a thing or two about Italian cooking.
See, I was raised by Irish/British ‘rents and food was mostly boil in a bag, or boil meat in a pot, or Shepherd’s Pie on repeat. But fast forward to better food times and I’m an avid and ravenous home cook- and bonus- my uncle married a lovely Italian woman whom I happily call Zia, ditto for my brother in law, making my family celebrations dotted with Italian flair (like Zia’s annual pizza parties).
Which means stakes are high for me on the cooking front, especially if I’m cooking Italian food (like this weekend for Easter celebrations). Emily’s book could not have come at a better time! While I maybe may take a few shortcuts, the overall design and layout of the book illustrates how easy it is to make great home cooked Italian meals, and get the whole family involved in the process.
With a giant glossary in the beginning to ease any language/ingredient barriers and dedicated sections for each holiday and celebration, I’m primed to impress with her recipes! I love how every recipe is also translated in Italian, like the aptly named Biscotti Brutti ma Buoni, which hilariously translates to Ugly but Good Cookies! Emily also sprinkles photos of her family and relatives throughout the book, with tried and true tips on how to perfect the recipes, even if you don’t have a Nonna on speed dial.
I have been on the hunt for the perfect meatball recipe- moist, rustic and mouth watering and that’s exactly how Emily’s Nonna Ortenzias Meatballs turned out. The recipe was easy peasy to follow, simple ingredients that I had readily on hand. I have now made these meatballs three times, at the request of my two kids, who thankfully, will never suffer through the Shepherd’s Pie shaming I had bi-weekly. Cue the tiny violin…
Don’t have your own Nonna on speed dial? Well you’re in lucky dear reader! My foodie pals and I have a FANTASTIC giveaway for you, win a signed copy of Emily’s cookbook and some bells and whistles to make the recipes sing. Better yet, enter a bunch of times- check out my gourmet-guru-gals posts below!
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Jenny-The Brunette Baker–Ricotta Cannoli
Julie-Dinner with Julie–Ricotta & Spinach Gnocchi
Chrissie-The Busy Baker–Amaretti Cookies
Heather-The Tasty Gardener–Squash & Hazelnut Rotelle/Polenta with sausage and rapini
Britt-My Daily Randomness–Tiramisu
Kristy-She Eats–Egg and Raisin Bread
Gwen-Devour & Conquer–Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter
Tiffany-Eating Niagara–Potato Doughnuts
Nancy-gotta get baked–Hazelnut Chocolate-filled Cookies
Amanda-Once Upon a Recipe–Balsamic Roasted Pear Wedges with Prosciutto
Nicole-Culinary Cool–Spinach Ricotta Cannelloni
Carole-The Yum Yum Factor–Pickled Eggplant
Christina-Strawberries For Supper–Baked Pasta with Sausage and Ricotta
This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. Void in Quebec.
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