The quintessential Italian grandmother, Mamma D'Amato has been cooking and canning for friends, relatives and even senators (her son is outspoken New York Senator Alphonse D'Amato) for more than 60 years. In Cooking and Canning with Mamma D'Amato, she reveals the secrets of her Italian-American kitchen by sharing the recipes that have thrilled her family and friends for years. These wonderful recipes, Italian through and through, are so simple that the least-experienced cook can learn how to make authentic Italian meals rich in flavor and Old World charm, such as spinach and sausage pie, chicken cacciatore and boscotti. Mamma D'Amato even shares her recipe for her famous red sauce, the special ingredient in her tasty lasagna and spaghetti. She also takes readers through her surprisingly simple recipe for canning tomatoes and shares a wealth of canning recipes from cooks and canners throughout the country who show how easy it is to put up a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The genuine warmth of this Italian matriarch comes through on every page, inviting everyone to slow down and enjoy the comforts of home, hearth, family and some hearty Italian meals. Anyone who appreciates good food and good times will love cooking and canning with Mamma D'Amato.