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"To read a book about a country's cuisine isn't simply to go looking for 'good things'; it is also to better know - by means of the recipes - the customs and the richness or poverty of a place, and the spirit of those who inhabit it. It is above all, to participate in the symbolic celebration of the shared repast."

~ Ginette Olivesi-Lorenzi, La Cuisine Mentonnaise



Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking

Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking (The Savoring Series)
by Lori De Mori

Part of the Savoring Series, which is one of my favorite series of books about Regional Cuisine, Savoring Tuscany is a beautiful book filled with sumptuous recipes and delectable writing about the cuisine and culture of Tuscany. As with all the books in the series, Savoring Tuscany is put together beautifully and all of the recipes are well written and presented. The recipes that we tested were all superb and the book is an excellent source for fans of Tuscan cuisine.


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Recipe - Damper
by Wen Zientek-Sico

This traditional Australian bush recipe is almost legendary. It makes an excellent campfire or cookout bread, and is great served with rustic "grub".

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Damper

This traditional Australian bush recipe is almost legendary. While at home you might want to consider baking it in the oven as directed, traditionally it was cooked over an open fire. It makes an excellent campfire or cookout bread, and is great served with rustic "grub".

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into bits
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk, divided
1 tablespoon melted butter


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Work the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add 1 cup milk, and mix just enough to hold together. Knead gently on a lightly floured board until smooth and lump free. Shape into a round loaf of bread and place on a baking sheet. In a small bowl mix together the melted butter and tablespoon of milk. Brush the dough liberally with the butter-milk mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown.

Makes 4 servings.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes