The Bontempi Cookbook


by Fedora Bontempi, Prentice-Hall, second printing, 1966. Out of print and hard to find. I didn’t know about this early TV cook: Fedors and her husband Pino, were pioneers of hosting a Saturday cooking show on WOR-TV in New York, starting in 1949. She talked recipes and food, and he commented and –unlikely as it sounds today – sang, since he styled himself an operatic tenor. The show ran 18 years. The dishes offered are mostly Italian, Italian-American or “continental” – Chicken Flambé, Saltimbocca Romanana, Pizziola Beef Slices, Stuffed Veal Breast, Pumpkin Cheese Pie, French Peach Cake. It was probably the first cooking show on TV that emphazied Italian dishes.

Hardback, brown covers, yellow DJ, title on the apine. Condition: Book, VG+, DJ, which shows wear at extremities,traces of price sticker, VG.

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