Hello and welcome to italiancookingandliving.com! This website is your gateway to authentic Italian cooking and living. We will take you on an exhilarating adventure and leave you wanting for more!
Italians have an undying passion for the good life (La Dolce Vita)! This reflects in every aspect of their behaviour. They wear our hearts on our sleeves and take immense pleasure in even the simplest gifts of Mother Nature. Italian food, Italian cars and Italian fashion have made a name for themselves all over the planet. There is hardly a town on this planet where people do no enjoy a delectable slice of pizza or hardly a kid in the world who does not aspire to drive a Ferrari. However, Italian cooking has a lot more to it than just pizza and pasta. This website will help you to look past the stereotypes and appreciate the sumptuous depth Italian cooking and living.
Italians live well into their eighties. The country has an average life expectancy of an incredible 83 years – among the highest in the world. Why do Italians live so long? What is the secret behind their longevity? Honestly, there is no secret. Italians live long because Italian cuisine is healthy and tastes absolutely heavenly due to the use of natural ingredients. Italians are very close to the earth. Even today, most Italians shop for foodstuff at farmers’ markets. Thus, even though Italian food may seem unhealthy because of its well-known affinity with cheeses, cured meats, wines and flour; it is actually among the most nutritious cuisines in the world. Surely, you have heard about the Mediterranean diet? Many doctors share the view that this diet aids in detoxification and weight loss. Well, Italian foods are very similar to those included in the Mediterranean diet! Do you want to be able to indulge yourself without guilt? Then stick around and learn all there is to know about Italian cooking.
You will notice that many Americanised versions of Italian dishes are literally overflowing with cheese. While it is true that Italian recipes do include cheeses – these are mostly hard cheeses and a small quantity adds tons of flavor. You can counteract the negative effects of cheeses and desserts by adding ginseng to your diet. There are innumerable benefits of ginseng – it is an adaptogen and helps to maintain hormonal balance within the body.
The stars of Italian cooking include superfoods such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, parsley, basil and other herbs. Olive oil helps to reduce levels of the harmful (LDL) type of cholesterol and promotes heart health. Cooked tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which slows down aging and has cancer-fighting properties. Clinical studies suggest that garlic is great for the heart – even if not so much for breath! Greens like parsley and basil are packed with vitamins and essential minerals. Even red wine, which Italians enjoy regularly, is good for the heart – owing to a component known as resveratrol. Hopefully, now you see the benefits of enjoying authentic Italian food. The superfoods list also includes fennel, seasonal fruits and a variety of fish and seafood. After all, this is a country with a 7,600 km (4750 miles) long coastline!
At italiancookingandliving.com, you will embark upon an amazing gastronomical and cultural journey that will help you fall in love with life all over again! Pronto!