Shopping Tips

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Cooking How-tos

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

More On farro

Ingredients: 2 cups farro 4 tomatoes, chopped 2 or 3 ribs celery, chopped 1/2 cup green olives, pitted, halved if large 2 shallots, minced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 to 1/2 extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup basil leaves, torn 1 cup parsley, chopped Salt ...
Farro doubles in volume when cooked, so that small bag goes much farther than you think it will. Be sure you buy farro perlato—this means the chewy outside hull was removed and the farro will cook to a much softer bite. After soaking the farro, you can drain and store it a day in advance.
Barbara Lynch slowly stirs nutty grains of farro with white wine, butter and cheese. The result isn't really a classic risotto—the grains don't melt into each other like those of Arborio rice—but more like a creamy pasta dish, such as macaroni and cheese.