'The Southern Italian Table' on Serious Eats

Last Week's Contest Winners

Cook the Book: The Southern Italian Table: Runningwithbeaters, kombodian, sugarpaws, williaka, and eqsachs. Winners have been notified by email and also appear on our Contest Winners page. Thanks to all who entered.... More

Eggs in Purgatory

The following recipe is from the October 21 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! Eggs in Purgatory is a wonderful example of how dishes that are considered cucina povera don't... More

Cook the Book: The Southern Italian Table

"The notion of cucicna povera, or poor cooking, carries through Southern Italian cooking today." A few years ago, my fiancé and I went on a trip to Italy. It was no mere European vacation—we spent a year working two jobs to save enough to live in Italy for as long as possible. Finally, when we reached our desired sum, we gave our landlord notice, got rid of basically every single thing we owned, and packed our remaining belongings into two oversize backpacks that were too heavy for us to even carry. Upon arriving at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, we quickly realized that our Italian phrasebook—and the three Italian language classes that I had taken—weren't going to do us any good.... More

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