Okay let’s get all the disclaimers over with first.
Disclaimer 1: I received this cookbook free from the wonderful folks over at Whitecap Books.
Disclaimer 2: Emily Richards is my friend.
With all that being said my opinions are 100 percent my own and none of the above influences any of the wonderful things I want to say about Emily Richards new book Per La Famiglia. Because all I can say is wonderful things. This book is absolutely brilliant. Aside from possibly one other book on my shelves I have never cooked so many things from one source and still haven’t covered all the sticky notes protruding along the pages. And everything worked. And was so freaking delicious. It brought comments of “these meatballs are spectacular” to “please don’t make any other salad other than this one….ever again.”
Let me dial it back though. One thing I pride myself on is keeping my reviews; whether it be cookbook, products or restaurant, in the realm of “profile”…not “review”. Flavours and preferences run such a spectrum across the food consuming community that who am I to say that something is the worst or best.
So let me tell you about this book and why it may just be what you have been waiting for.
Per La Famiglia is a collection of Southern Italian recipes from the life of Emily Richards. Dishes “for the family”. With each page she invites readers into the stories and memories of her close knit food-centric family, showing cooks how to make simple dishes like her mixed green salad, to homemade gnocchi and preserves to roasts and seafood specialities.
She makes seemingly difficult tasks, like homemade pasta, refreshing and uncomplicated. Pizza, pasta, meats and vegetables all get their fair share in the limelight as you turn pages and discover more and more dishes to mark for later. She invites you into her home with her voice and you begin to feel like maybe you went to family dinner or two.
Its recipes like the filling in this Squash and Hazelnut Rotelle was almost devoured before it made it to the sheets of pasta, yet once it came together I regretted not having those early bites to make one more roll for later.
And this Polenta with Sausage and Rapini? I had plans to eat it all week for lunch. Then my co workers tried it. I got it for lunch one day.
For anyone looking for gorgeous, simple southern Italian recipes bursting with flavour Per La Famiglia is the book you want on your counter.
Thanks to Whitecap books, Emily and an amazing group of bloggers we are offering you a chance to win your own signed copy of Per La Famiglia. I don’t know if you noticed in the picture of meatballs that gorgeous shred of cheese? That and all the cheese I needed were effortlessly grated using one of my many Microplane cheese graters. And thanks to the wonderful folks over at Microplane; the winner will also receive an Elite Grater/Zester set along with the cookbook. Perfect for all of the recipes you won’t be able to resist.
For multiple chances to win make sure you visit all the participating sites. These brilliant writers and photographers are also cooking their way through Per La Famiglia and can’t wait to share what they think as well.
Jenny from The Brunette Baker
Julie from Dinner with Julie
Chrissy from The Busy Baker
Brittany from My Daily Randomness
Libby from Libby Roach Photography
Kristy from She Eats
Gwen from Devour and Conquer
Tiffany from Eating Niagara
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked
Amanda from Once Upon a Recipe
Nicole from Culinary Cool
Carole from The Yum Yum Factor
Kelly from Kelly Neil Photography
Christina from Strawberries for Supper
So check them out and enter here to win that fabulous prize. Make sure you leave a comment (mandatory for entering) telling me which of the above recipes looked the tastiest.(Oh and don’t forget to read the legal)
This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside.
Void in Quebec.
No purchase necessary to enter.
Giveaway will run from Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 12:01am to end on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:59pm. Winner is chosen at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to respond. If not, a new winner will be chosen. Winner selected MUST correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question. Winner’s name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter.
Prize value is approximately $75CDN.