Marguerite DiMino Buonopane teaches Italian cooking classes and for many years prepared and hosted the legendary luncheons at The North End Union, a nonprofit community settlement house and neighborhood landmark since 1892. She has lived in Boston's North End most of her life.
Can anyone ever get enough of the delicious repetitions of Italian cuisine--the pastas, the tomatoes, the cheeses, the herbs, and the olive oil? Judging from the never ending popularity of this cuisine, the answer must be no.
In The North End Italian Cookbook, Marguerite DiMino Buonopane has revisited every treasured recipe from earlier editions of this book as well as added new tried-and-true favorites. Many are family recipes, cooked the way her mother and grandparents used to cook. This ancestral cuisine is from the Roman region of Italy, where the food was the sustenance of the common people. Many of the recipes, however, were created in Boston's North End. The recipes, from antipasto to dessert, recapture days gone by and preserve the present-day traditions of North End Italian cooking.
Using these recipes as guides, readers can incorporate over time a style of their own, one that suits their family's tastes. And with this book readers will be guided every step of the way in the art of cooking Italian. It's as if they were taking a cooking class in which they are the only students.
Classic Italian dishes include: Cannellini Beans Insalata, Pasta e Fagiole, Farina Dumplings, Marinara Sauce, Frittata di Spaghetti, Potato Gnocchi, Veal Scaloppine, Beef Braciole in Tomato Sauce, Calamri Freddo, Gelato, and Italian Toto Cookies.