T and I have a summer project that I have been excited about getting started all year. He taught a class on the history of food at the high school and, to help prepare, we stopped by the cookbook section at the main library downtown. There are over 120 shelves of cookbooks at the main library and we thought it would be fun to randomly pick a cookbook each week and try out a new recipe during the summer.
This week brought us to 641.692 also known as the seafood cookbook section. Perfect timing for us because of all the leftover shrimp that we still had from the other night! So we looked through most of the books on the shelf and picked one:
The Romagnolis’ Italian Fish Cookbook was published in 1994 and written by Franco and Margaret Romagnoli, a couple that had a PBS cooking show from 1973 to 1975 called The Romagnoli’s Table. Sadly, I could not find any clips of this show on YouTube! But there were a lot of great articles about the Romagnoli family. A lot of great information about how they were inspired by the success of Julia Child’s show and how Franco Romagnoli, then a camera man at WGBH in Boston pitched the idea to people at a dinner party at his house. The show was an inspiration for many Italian chefs to come, including one of my favorites, Lidia Bastianich.
Okay so back to our dinner! It is hard to ignore pasta when you are making Italian food, so we went with a recipe for scallops and shrimp (all that shrimp!) with penne pasta. I am also using the project to start to learn how to cook, so I took care of the scallops, nbd. We also put peas in instead of capers and red pepper flakes instead of hot sauce.