The Sebastiani Family Cookbook - Sylvia Sebastiani - 1980's Edition 8th Printing - Italian Recipes from California Wine Country
Sylvia's excellent suggestions for cooking meats, vegetables, soups, desserts are based on her long experience of being one of California wine country's best cooks... George Christy
For over 110 years, Sebastiani Vineyards has been producing award-winning wines in California's picturesque Sonoma County. Since it's inception in 1904, it was a family run business until the winery sold in 2008. Leaving behind an impressive legacy of wine making, started by one man, Tuscan immigrant Samuele Sebastiani, the family business traveled through three generations. Samuele's son Auguste and his wife Sylvia took over operation of the business from the 1940s to 1980. In addition to making great wine Sylvia and Auguste were also wonderful hosts, and Sylvia in-particular a remarkable cook. Utilizing recipes from her Italian heritage, old country techniques and a few modern interpretations, Sylvia prepared Italian feasts for family and friends that complimented the grapes they grew and the wine they made. In 1970, she published, at her friends and families request, a cookbook of everyone's most favorite dishes enjoyed around the table of Sebastiani Vineyards.
This is the 1980 edition of Sylvia's treasured recipes full of traditional Italian favorites highlighted with wine from her family's vineyards. Although Sebastiani Vineyards is no longer family-run, the wine is still produced and widely available, which makes this cookbook especially fun because Sylvia's wine pairings and recommendations are still relevant. A wonderful combination of California wine country and heirloom food, this is really fun cookbook for collectors, wine enthusiasts and California travel lovers.
While most of the recipes are centered around traditional Italian specialties, other recipes highlighting other cuisines from around the world are also included (French dressings, American salads, European desserts etc) as part of collection of good food that feeds a family, or augments a feast, or encourages a leisurely meal enjoyed by loved ones.
- 1980's edition, 8th printing
- 166 pages
- Contains Sylvia's suggestions, tips and helpful advice at the start of each chapter
- Illustrated throughout by Earle Brown - the beloved woodworking artist for Sebastiani Vineyards
- All sots of wonderful recipes abound here. Interesting ones include: Egyptian Cake, Elegant Cheese Cake, Zabaglione Classic, Noni Vera's Torte, Panettone, Aunt Mary's Italian Biscotti, Peaches in Wine Sauce, Sima, Flaming Ham, Filet of Sole with Grapes, Risotto with Mushrooms, Spaghetti Sauce, Nona Pini's Ravioli
In good vintage condition. The original dust jacket has a few chippy sections along the top edge on the back and has been repaired with tape by a previous owner. The interior of the book is clean and bright with the exception of the Pasta and rice section which bears some cooking stains and splatters (clearly this was someone's favorite section of the book!) and there are some pencil notations about recipes tried.
Measures 10.75" inches (length) x 7.25" inches (width) x .75" inches (thickness) and weighs 1.6 lbs.