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The North End Italian Cookbook: The Bestselling Classic Featuring Even More Authentic Family Recipes

"There's more to a cookbook than its recipes," Marguerite DiMino Buonopane notes in the introduction to this new edition of her classic cookbook. So true. Based on Buonopane's family recipes, The North End Italian Cookbook was originally published as a fundraiser for her local community center, where she hosted popular weekly luncheons and taught cooking classes at night. The volume quickly sold, becoming a staple in the kitchens of her Boston neighborhood and beyond. In the late 1980s, Buonopane was approached by a major publisher, and The North End Italian Cookbook has been in print ever since. For the new edition, Buonopane has added to her collection of family-style recipes and updated the preparation recommendations, hoping she can help a new generation of cooks create delicious Italian meals at home.

The cookbook is arranged from antipasto to dessert, and each recipe has been chosen with simplicity and practicality in mind. Buonopane prefers to take her readers through each recipe with clearly numbered steps, and complements them on the page with personal anecdotes and an assortment of photographs that feature food and other aspects of Italian life. While she includes all the expected classic Italian dishes, those interested in moving beyond the tried-and-true favorites won't be disappointed.

If The North End Italian Cookbook is already in your collection, this might be a good time to update your edition. If it isn't yet on your shelf, this new version will make the perfect addition. --Roni K. Devlin, owner, Literary Life Bookstore