Weekend Cooking: Sophia Loren’s Recipes and Memories

I bought this book years ago because I liked the combination of, well, recipes and memories. I imagined that a book that had Italian recipes and Sophia Loren’s memories in it can’t be bad at all. And I wasn’t disappointed.

The book is divided into various sections. Every section comes with a small introduction, additionally there are small tidbits of information about the ingredients and more details about certain dishes in general like polenta or frittata (the Italian version of an omelet). Often Sophia Loren would explain where she knows the dish from and give little additional tips for preparing or varying the dish.

The book is full of private family or movie photographs with captions that give more information about what was going on at the time and in the picture. If you like Sophia Loren and Italian cuisine this cook book is a must have.

Here is a recipe so you see what you’re getting. I chose an unusual one, but there is something for everybody in there, from the basic to the refined.

Spaghetti al Limone (Spaghetti with Lemon)

For 6 servings

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Zest of 2 to 3 lemons, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese (optional)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until golden; add the lemon zest, 1/4 cup cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Remove and discard the garlic if you like.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta until just al dente. Drain the pasta and add it to the saucepan along with the remaining cream. Toss well for a couple of minutes, remove from the heat and serve. Pass the cheese at the table.

Sophia Loren’s Recipes and Memories is available at amazon.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads 

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