Contrary to popular belief, Italian food is the perfect cuisine for those looking for heart healthy and diabetes-friendly dishes. Real Italian food, that is, which is healthful, delicious, and the most popular cuisine in the world. At its core, classic Italian cuisine is all about preparing fresh ingredients like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, dairy, seafood, and poultry in time-honored techniques that preserve both tradition and flavor. In the Italian Diabetes Cookbook, award-winning author Amy Riolo looks to honor this tradition with 150 easy-to-prepare, satisfying, and robust Italian dishes that can be enjoyed by the whole family while helping fine food lovers everywhere achieve their health goals.
Inspiration for this book came to Amy when she visited her ancestral hometown of Crotone, Italy, for the first time. Each recipe includes notes on the history and cultural importance of each dish, and most contain wine pairings an essential part of any authentic Italian meal! Highlights include: Ricotta, Grilled Eggplant, and Fresh Mint Bruschetta; Whole-Wheat Ziti with Goat Ragu; Swordfish with Olives, Capers, Herbs, and Tomatoes; Red Pepper, Yellow Tomato, and Artichoke Salad; Espresso Panna Cotta; and many more!
Amy Riolo is an award-winning author, chef, cooking show host, cooking instructor, and Mediterranean expert. She makes frequent appearances on television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad, including Fox TV, CBS, Montgomery and Fairfax County TV, Nile TV, The Travel Channel, Martha Stewart Living Radio, WHYY, and Abu Dhabi Television. She appears weekly in ninety-second cooking videos titled Culture of Cuisine,” which air on nationally syndicated news shows on 28 different channels across the United States, totaling a reach of over 223 million people. Her work has also appeared in numerous print media, including USA Today, Cooking Light magazine, The Washington Post, CNN.com, The Wall Street Journal, Gulf News, Popular Anthropology Magazine, The UAE National, and international newspapers and hundreds of blogs. She is also the author of noted culinary/cultural blog Amyriolo.blogspot.com. She currently teaches approximately 80 hands-on cooking classes per year, with more than 3,500 students annually at Living Social, Sur la Table, and Open Kitchen in Washington, D.C. Internationally, she gives classes in Italy, Egypt, and UAE.