One of the most magnificent of Italian dishes must surely be the timballi or pasticci that served as the famous centerpiece in the movie BIG NIGHT with Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalloub. I tested my timballo di lasagne alla ferrarese and it was declared the best thing ever made by my son, a phrase he uses anytime he's over for dinner. It is a centuries old preparation famous in Ferrara where they make it for Carnevale. It's homemade egg and green lasagne layered with meat ragu and porcini mushrooms and a layer of Bechamel sauce made with Parmigiano-Raggiano cheese and truffles baked in a short dough crust that is sweet with orange zest.
won the James Beard/KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year award and the James Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food in 2000 for A MEDITERRANEAN FEAST (William Morrow) which was also a finalist for the IACP Cookbook of the Year award. He is the author of fourteen other books, including twelve cookbooks. His latest book THE BEST SOUPS IN THE WORLD will be published by Wiley in 2009. Colman Andrews, former editor of Saveur magazine called Wright “the reigning English-speaking expert on the cuisines and culinary culture of the Mediterranean.” Wright was a guest chef on Sara Moulton’s FOOD NETWORK show and teaches cooking classes around the country. He has lectured on Mediterranean cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America, Harvard, Georgetown and other universities. He also writes for food magazines such as Saveur, Gourmet, Fine Cooking, and Bon Appétit and wrote all the food entries for Columbia University’s ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST.
[photo: Michelle van Vliet]