The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook: 101 Regional Classics Made Simple



Savor delizioso dishes with The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook.

Real Italian cuisine is all about simplicity. Using just a few fresh and simple ingredients, The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook brings you the authentic taste of Italy with recipes that prove less is always more.

From Chicken Marsala to Pasta Carbonara to Tiramisu, this cookbook features regional classics that you can whip up any time. With recipes that require no more than 5-ingredients each-most of which are ready to eat in 30-minutes or less-this Italian cookbook makes every meal a celebration of taste and tradition.

The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook includes:

  • Cooking essentials that outlines the fundamentals of authentic Italian cuisine, including pantry essentials, equipment, and core techniques.
  • 101 simple recipes for appetizers, risotto, pasta, sauces, pizza, bread, meat, chicken, seafood, and dessert
  • A taste tour that explains the culinary preferences of each region and the geographic origins of each recipe.

Traditional Italian recipes don't need a laundry list of miscellaneous ingredients; Taste every flavor of everyday recipes with The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook.

Product Details

$19.99  $18.39
Rockridge Press
Publish Date
January 29, 2019
7.5 X 0.51 X 9.25 inches | 0.98 pounds
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About the Author

FRANCESCA MONTILLO was born in Italy and currently divides her time between her native land and Boston, MA. In 2016, Francesca combined her passions for Italian food and Italian travel, and started Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures, where she works as a culinary instructor and leads food and wine tours to Italy. She is also a freelance food and travel writer. Learn more at


"Francesca represents, via her cookbook, the perfect supper as Italians intended to have it: easy to make, quick to the clock and damn tasty. 5 main ingredients will take you far in the kitchen, this book is the proof."--Fabio Viviani, Chef, Culinary Personality, Restaurateur, Cookbook author, Top Chef Contender on Bravo

"This is the kind of food I love to cook! Francesca, a cooking teacher and tour operator, has triumphed with a book chock full of regional Italian recipes perfect for every day of the week. Reading through the delicious recipes, I am impressed again and again by the depth of flavor and the obvious authentic approach. And the best part, the recipes are simple! The next best thing to buying a ticket to Italy is right here between these covers. Brava!"--Joanne Weir, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, international cooking teacher, IACP Julia Child Cooking Teacher Award of Excellence recipient, TV personality and host

"Proof that Italian cooking is best when kept simple! If you want to cook Italian, but still feel intimidated in the kitchen, Francesca shares some delicious and authentic Italian recipes in a way that anyone can make. Well-seasoned cooks or even those who are "lazy" in the kitchen will love this cookbook!"--Richard J. Michelli, Founder & Executive Director of

"This book captures the simplicity, quality, and creativity of Italian cuisine in a way that you can easily incorporate into your busy life. Written with heart and expertise, it lets you have a real taste of Italy at home, but it also makes you want to book a flight there as soon as possible!"--Ellie Krieger, nutritionist, TV host and James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook author

"The recipes get right to the heart of what great Italian food is all about: regionality, seasonality, and simplicity. Brava, Francesca!"--Domenica Marchetti, author of seven books on Italian home cooking, including Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing and Bottling Italian Traditions and Flavors