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~ 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 - Tuscan Bean Salad
by Peter Timmons

"A great summer salad that works well for picnics and summer potlucks. Stores very well and is actually better when made in advance."

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Tuscan Bean Salad

Recipe Submitted by Peter Timmons.

4 potatoes, peeled, diced, and steamed
2 pounds green beans
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red-wine vinegar
3 minced garlic cloves
2 bunches chopped scallions
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss together everything. Chill overnight before serving.

Serves 4