Big Mamma Italian-American Cookbook

Feb 24, 2015 826

Seattle author and photographer, Lee Casazza, has been perfecting Italian-American recipes for over 47 years. Her knowledge of Italian cooking and kitchen experience offers a refreshing new look at North America's favorite food.

Big Mamma's Italian-American Cookbook is a collection of 116 recipes and 238 pages created by four generations of the Casazza, Noviello, Lapetina, and Greco families. Lee Casazza was the lucky recipient of the family's cooking secrets and homemade meals. All were passed down or inspired by her husband's great grandmother, Teresa Lapetina, affectionately known as "Big Mamma".

Lee's cookbook also includes decades of personal research, travel, Italian chefs, restaurants, and hours of kitchen trial-and-error. This is a personal story about Lee's passion for Italian cooking, family, and sharing with others.

Big Mamma's Italian-American Cookbook is an easy-to-follow guide on preparing well-known traditional dishes and many new recipes created by Lee. Recipes are presented in full color, introduced with personal anecdotes and a wonderful collection of family photos.

Lee's Casazza's work in this book is equal to more famous cookbook authors. She does more than chronicle the fusion of old world Italian recipes into new world versions. Lee contributes to today's on-going evolution of Italian-American cuisine. The result is one of the most appealing and original cookbooks ever published on this topic.

At this writing, Big Mamma's Italian-American Cookbook is available from Baker and Taylor, Ingram, Amazon Books, Amazon Kindle, Epub, Henschel Haus Publishing, Elliott Bay Book Company, and directly from the publisher. Lee's cookbook will be in a select number of Costco stores across the U.S. this spring.


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