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Mariooch's Kitchen - Food That Will Gather Your Family is a nonfiction international cooking/food book written by Mary Abitanto. As a child, Abitanto was surrounded by family who loved to cook and passed that love on to her. Her Italian grandmother and Aunt Rose shared their Old World recipes and techniques for crafting delicious meals with what was at hand, and her parents were also a large influence on her interest in cooking. Abitanto’s recipes will be of particular interest to those who have food allergies or are cooking for persons with food sensitivity issues. She offers egg-free, nut-free and vegan alternatives for many of her recipes. Her recipes, while having a distinct Mediterranean flair, also make use of healthy ingredients and fresh local produce, as well as offering more modern, time-saving options for preparing classic menus. Preparing great food is more than an art for this author; however, as with her grandmother, she sees the creation of irresistible meals as a way of celebrating family life and traditions.
Mary Abitanto’s nonfiction international cooking/food book, Mariooch's Kitchen - Food That Will Gather Your Family, is chock-full of recipes and techniques I can’t wait to try. Italian dishes are my particular favorite, and she offers plenty of mouth-watering options, but she also includes some American favorites that were quite a pleasant surprise to discover. I’m looking forward to trying her recipes for Chicken and Dumplings and classic Macaroni and Cheese among others. Her vegetable ideas are exciting and fresh, and the Spinach Lasagna Recipe is a definite choice for the near future. Abitanto’s photography is awesome. Her dishes are beautifully arranged and artfully presented. The colors pop up from the page, and she even recommends plate colors and arrangements designed to duplicate those eye-catching and appealing pictures when serving those dishes. Best of all, Abitanto’s book shows the careful reader how they too can be like Maria Libra, her grandmother, for whom creating a dish was an art form while incorporating fresh, healthy ingredients. Mariooch's Kitchen - Food That Will Gather Your Family is most highly recommended.