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Book Review: Trattoria Cooking: 200 Authentic Recipes by Biba Caggiano, Illustrated by Charles Waller

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Trattoria Cooking: 200 Authentic Recipes by Biba Caggiano is an important work on the intricacies of fine Italian cooking. The author begins by discussing the traditional meal sequences. For instance, appetizers like anti-pasto are served initially.

The first course is called primi piatti which may consist of pasta or risotto. Secondi piatti is the next course which consists of meat, game or fish. The vegetables are called contorni. Salad is referred to as insalata and desert may consist of frutta (fruit) or dolci (dessert).  Herbs like anise or cinnamon may be used in place of sugar.

The author describes important accents utilized for the food preparations. For instance, the standard cheeses are parmigiano, gran padana, mozzarella and ricotta. Mozzarella may be melted on top of a lasagna preparation with ricotta spread on each layer of macaroni. Parmigiano is sprinkled on the top of a lasagna preparation. Cooking herbs consist of parsley, basil, sage, oregano or mint. These herbs are tasty and they provide excellent nutrition for health buffs.

Coffee may be served ristretto (strong), macchiato (with milk), lungo (thin) or coretto (with brandy). The author describes important meals like Tuscan Garlic Bread and Spinach, Onion and Bread Soup, Pisotto with Smoked Mozzarella and Sweet/Sour Mixed Vegetables.

The author provides an exhaustive list of Italian restaurants for visitors to Italy. For instance, numerous restaurants are listed in locations like Torino, Trieste, Venezia, Milano, Verona, Roma and Taormina.

Trattoria Cooking is an important resource for chefs the world over. The presentation is easy to understand. The food groups described are the most popular ones served in restaurants everywhere. Many of these foods are in the standard Mediterranean Diet which is known for health, wellness and longevity.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.