Cookbook Recipe: Urban Italian

Black Bass Sicilian Pesto

In addition to our own original recipes, we like to feature recipes from some of our favorite cookbooks on The Italian Chef from time to time. Urban Italian: Simple Recipes and True Stories from a Life in Food by Andrew Carmellini and Gwen Hyman had been sitting on my bookshelf for a while before I finally cracked it open and started leafing through it this summer (it was published in Oct 2008). The book, which chronicles Carmellini’s culinary journey from boyhood to becoming a top chef in New York, is very well written with great, accessible recipes that add a modern touch to classic Italian fare. The recipe we were given permission to reprint is Black Bass with Sicilian Style Pesto.ย  In the photo above, I actually substituted some nice cod, since my local fish market did not have black bass at the time.


Black Bass with Sicilian Style Pesto

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  3. My husband and I did the Super Supper Saver class, yaretsdey and the Slow Cooked Italian Chicken was part of the 12 dinners you make. We got home and put this in the crockpot and away we went (typical Saturday running around). Had this over rice and was totally blown away at how good this was. My biggest excitement that there is food in the freezer that can be ready to go and if they all taste like the Chicken, I am going to be in good shape! Less stress, and more lb shedding! I recommend that everyone gets a chance to meet Susan and her husband Mike! Take a class you won’t regret it!

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