Read itJune/July 2009 Issue

Living Without Books: Viva Italian

“To eat well, to drink well, is to live well,” is an Italian adage that Mary Capone embraced effortlessly as part of her heritage—until she was diagnosed with celiac disease. Initially, she envisioned a lifetime of bland, boring food. It wasn’t long, however, before a family lineage of chefs and restauranteurs motivated her back to the kitchen. Working relentlessly, she transformed her favorite recipes—pasta, pizza, bread, pastry — into delicious gluten-free alternatives. The result is The Gluten-Free Italian Cookbook, Classic Cuisine from the Italian Countryside (The Wheat-Free Gourmet Press). Each chapter opens like a menu from a fine Italian restaurant. Hearty gnocchi or satisfying ravioli? Light biscotti or elegant tiramisu? The choice is yours. Beautiful photographs, clear instructions, fabulous recipes. Arrivederci deprivation.

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