PATSY'S ITALIAN FAMILY COOKBOOK, by Sal Scognamillo
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A word about the stars: they're upstairs where they get privacy as well as the family-style greeting that's one of Patsy's specialties. You don't have to go to New York City to get the food, however; just open the pages of this new cookbook. The Fennel and Mushroom Risotto on page 146 will make it all worth the effort. I have several hundred cookbooks, many of them Italian. This one I'd make room for, not only for the array of dishes but the clear, simple instructions, and the evident pleasure Sal Scognomillo takes in sharing them.