From The Little Bookroom
BiscottiRecipes from the Kitchen of The American Academy in Rome
By Mona Talbott and Mirella Misenti, photographs Annie Schlechter, foreword by Alice Waters
"We decided early on that our biscotti would be piccolini— small—like a great Roman espresso..."—Mona Talbott
From the innovative kitchen of the RSFP at the American Academy in Rome come 50 authentic, simple recipes for Italian bite-sized cookies, or biscotti. They are divided into five categories—Milk and Wine; Nuts; Honey, Citrus, and Spice; Meringue; and Chocolate. Some are dry and not too sweet—traditional Italian biscotti that are eaten for breakfast with caffè latte or dipped into a glass of vino dolce—others recall medieval and Renaissance kitchens and the influence of the spice trade. Whether chocolate, lemon, pistachio, or simply butter, flour, and sugar, each memorable cookie is infused with the history and conviviality of la cucina romana, Chez Panisse, American childhoods, and international friendships.
Narrated with carefully explained techniques and methods, the recipes have been scaled down for the home kitchen, but may be scaled back up for large-batch cooking in an institutional setting.
About the Authors
After culinary school Mona Talbott was hired by Alice Waters to work at Chez Panisse. She later worked at Eli Zabar's Vinegar Factory and E.A.T. stores in New York, consulted for Hillary Clinton and for Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project, and as a chef for Annie Leibovitz. She has written articles and recipes for The New York Times, Saveur, and Organic Style. She was chosen by Alice Waters to be the Executive Chef of the Rome Sustainable Food Project in 2006. Talbott now co-owns and runs Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions in Hudson, NY.
Mirella Misenti is the pastry cook at the American Academy in Rome.
About the Photographer
Annie Schlechter's clients include The World of Interiors, House Beautiful, The New York Times Magazine, Real Simple, W magazine, Travel & Leisure, and many more. She lived from September 2009 to June 2010 at the American Academy in Rome.