Help Families in Need by Helping Yourself to a Free Cookbook

Thanks to the lovely Leah at Spicy Salty Sweet, I just downloaded a free Italian cookbook! The cookbook, brought to us by Barilla, is called The Celebrity Italian Table and features celebrity recipe favorites that have been recreated by Mario Batali. From what I’ve read so far, many of the recipes look really good. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since it comes from Barilla, makers of my absolute favorite dried pastas!

So if the word ‘free’ isn’t enough incentive to get you to download the book, here’s another really great reason. For each cookbook downloaded this month, Barilla pledges to donate one dollar to America’s Second Harvest, a great organization that works to provide meals to the 35 million men, women, and children in need in America. Barilla will keep donating through February March 31 or until until 100,000 cookbooks have been downloaded. So, make sure you spread the word so we can get that number up there!

One thing that really excites me about the book is that it actually has a recipe for one of my all-time favorite Sicilian treats — panelle! Panelle is a type of chickpea fritter that is a specialty of the Palermo area. I’ve mainly had it served on bread as a sandwich but I’ve also had it served plain as a restaurant appetizer. I’ve never made it at home but I might give Mario’s recipe a try now that I have it.

Remember, you need to download the book by the end of this month March in order for America’s Second Harvest to get the extra donation. To pass this post on to friends, you can click on the ‘e-mail this’ link down below. If you have a blog, spread the word by writing your own post about it.

Download The Celebrity Italian Table now!

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    4:57 pm  Feb 25th, 2008
  2. dustin

    I downloaded it, but it may have to do with my unhealthy obsession with Natalie Portman, either way, we will cook with it for sure, and a $1 is a significant contribution from Barilla. I am impressed.

    7:59 pm  Feb 25th, 2008
  3. PaniniKathy

    What a great initiative! Thanks so much for spreading the word!

    8:43 pm  Feb 25th, 2008
  4. Malou

    Thank you for sharing this great find. I hope you don’t mind but I referred back to your site and posted it in my blog.

    7:45 am  Feb 26th, 2008
  5. Nicole

    dustin: Yeah, I forgot about your Natalie crush/obsession πŸ™‚
    PaniniKathy: I’m glad I heard about it in time!
    Malou: Thanks for spreading the word!

    8:01 am  Feb 26th, 2008
  6. Ruby

    Thanks Nicole, I just downloaded. I already see something I plan on trying, the mozzarella grilled sandwich! The pictures in this book are sooo pretty. Thanks! πŸ™‚

    8:18 am  Feb 26th, 2008
  7. Leah Greenstein

    Thanks for the sweet mention, Nicole, and thanks even more for helping spread the word about the cookbook!!

    9:45 am  Feb 26th, 2008
  8. Nicole

    Ruby: Yes, that grilled cheese sandwich sounds great! There are definitely a few recipes that I’ll be trying.

    Leah: Thank you for letting us all know about it!

    10:45 am  Feb 26th, 2008
  9. katy

    wow! i’m so glad i heard about this before the month ended! charity and new recipes? does it get any better?

    1:33 pm  Feb 27th, 2008
  10. Susan

    I tried to download this but apparently it is not for Mac users. Too bad.

    8:21 pm  Feb 27th, 2008
  11. Connie

    I had the same problem as Susan. The download page isn’t Mac friendly. But thanks for the info, Nicole.

    1:47 am  Feb 28th, 2008
  12. Nicole

    Susan and Connie: I use a Mac and didn’t have any problems downloading the book. Not sure why you’re having problems. Sorry πŸ™

    7:06 am  Feb 28th, 2008
  13. Odell

    I tried to download today but am getting an error. I am using Win XP Pro and I have tried with Firefox and Internet Explorer. I am getting an error with both.

    It won’t take me to the download. I know this is not your problem but just thought I would mention it.

    Great blog BTW!!

    8:40 am  Feb 28th, 2008
  14. robin

    Nicole- We’re so lucky to have you and your awesome links! Thanks!

    4:59 pm  Feb 28th, 2008
  15. Alisa

    Thank you! I just downloaded it. Not quite dairy-free, but tons of usable recipes for me still. Sounds like a great cause too ; )

    5:41 pm  Feb 28th, 2008
  16. Hélène

    Thanks, I downloaded the book. So nice of you.

    12:45 pm  Feb 29th, 2008
  17. Odell

    Link worked for me today! Thanks for the great cookbook and the useful info.

    1:37 pm  Feb 29th, 2008
  18. Nicole

    Odell: So glad that the link worked for you. I couldn’t figure out why so many of you were having problems!

    Robin: Thanks! I’m glad you enjoy the links πŸ™‚

    Alisa: I’m glad you found some usable recipes. I haven’t tested< any of them yet but I'm still planning on giving the panelle a try soon!Helene: You’re welcome!

    8:40 am  Mar 4th, 2008
  19. lalaine

    Thanks for the info. Very good resource!

    5:04 pm  Mar 13th, 2008
  20. Chef Dawn

    Thank you for this information. I will post it on my blog too!!!!

    Your Personal E-Chef Live: Everything about Cooking, Food, and Family. Bring back dinner parties!

    4:30 pm  Mar 15th, 2008
  21. Pearl

    Thanks for the tip.

    6:29 am  Mar 16th, 2008
  22. swirlingnotions

    Thanks for this!

    2:16 pm  Mar 21st, 2008
  23. anon

    direct link to cookbook

    at date of this post still available from website, but not readily accessible through pages.

    9:07 am  Dec 18th, 2008
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