The Shared Table
is a cookbook designed for casual dining with family and friends. Besides featuring straightforward recipes from a variety of cultures, this book is also infused with memories of Don Pintabona's earliest days in the kitchen with his Italian relatives, as well as accounts of his culinary travels, whether simply to the from of the restaurant range or to a remote destination in search of new ideas and tastes. Pintabona writes about the hospitality he has received and how food enforces the bonds forged when a meal is shared--cooking for community is the central concept of this book, something Pintabona pondered deeply while serving food to workers at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of September 11.
Recipes correspond to chapters of Pintabona's life, and run the gamut, from simple favorites like Four-Cheese Mac and Cheese and Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Onions, and Mushy Peas to more exotic dishes like Artichoke Bottoms Stuffed with Veal and Golden Coconut-Banana Croquettes. Brimming with striking recipes and photographs, The Shared Table shows how food plays a role in bringing people together in harmony and friendship.