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New Café Capriccio Cookbook Emphasizes the Mediterranean Diet

Healthy eating needs healthy cooking, and it now comes in an all-in-one cookbook from Albany’s top-rated restaurant Café Capriccio, which has been offering this kind of fare for over 35 years. Café Capriccio: Cooking Lessons with Jim Rua and Franco Rua (Capriccio Press) presents a guide to the Mediterranean diet and 99 recipes drawn from the restaurant’s repertory and customized for the home cook. An overview of the doctor-recommended diet is followed by a guide to kitchen equipment and cooking techniques, and a look at what to stock the pantry so a healthy meal is always at hand.

The recipes cover a variety of meat, poultry, and fish dishes, such as Chicken Breasts with Orange and Mint; Veal Scaloppini with Lemon; Cod with Mustard, Toasted Breadcrumbs, and Herbs; and the Tuscan classic Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine-style Porterhouse Steak), alongside vegetable-based entrées (Mixed Grill of Artichokes, Zucchini, Peppers, and Onions; Steamed Asparagus with Grilled Mango and Grilled Oranges), and, of course, pasta dishes (Spaghetti with Broccoli Raab; Angel Hair with Zucchini & Fresh Tomatoes; and a classic Puttanesca).

The book also serves as the textbook for Café Capriccio’s Monday-night cooking classes at the restaurant (49 Grand Street, Albany, NY). And it all comes in an attractive wire-bound volume that’s easy to lay flat and cook from. It will be available for sale online at cafecapriccio.com and at the restaurant.

Café Capriccio: Cooking Lessons with Jim Rua and Franco Rua, Capriccio Press, Albany, NY; 92 pages, $20 plus $7 shipping. PURCHASE

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