How to Equip Your Kitchen for Great Italian Cooking

My family loves Italian food, and we like to recreate Italian restaurant favorites like pizza, pasta, gnocchi and traditional meat dishes on a regular basis. These dishes are an art and it helps to have the best cookware, ingredients and recipes to make great meals that do justice to this ancient cuisine.


italian cookingItalian cuisine is generally quite simple in its nature: you won’t find dishes with many parts and a wide variety of spices. Instead there is an almost obsessive focus on simple superb ingredients – Italian chefs make sure their olive oil is perfect, that their tomatoes are just ripe and that their prosciutto is of the highest quality. So your first port of call has to be a good grocery where you can pick up premiere, authentic ingredients – these will really make a difference.


Like most cuisines, Italian has been adopted and changed over the course of the years. To create the real thing yourself you’ll need a good recipe book free from all the adaptions. Of late Jamie Oliver has released a cookbook which does the cuisine a great credit and sticks to the basics very well – it will help you do the same.


Meat is one of the highlights of Italian cuisine – perfectly cooked steaks, chicken and veal abound in restaurants. To attain this yourself you will need some excellent non stick pans that will allow you to cook at a high heat without burning – be sure to coat them with a healthy dollop of olive oil before starting this delicious adventure.

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  1. It is easy to think that some pasta, some marinara sauce, a crust of Italian bread and a glass of wine is the beginning and end of Italian cuisine, especially if you grew up in the United States. When an American conjures up an idea of “Italian cuisine,” often what comes to mind is pasta, red sauce, and garlic bread. There is much more than red sauce and starch on the agenda for most Italian regional cuisines.

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