We have maintained The Artisan as a non-commercial site for 11 years, and will continue that for as long as we host this site.  We are announcing our new sister site. That site features our outstanding wines.  If you enjoy wine and food, please visit us at De Angelis Wines.  Many features of The Artisan are available on the De Angelis Wines site.  We offer menu planning, recipes, technical articles and food and wine pairings.  Our wine shopping cart is easy to use, and all of our wines are reasonably priced. Please visit and let us know what you think.

The Artisan is an Italian food recipe and bread baking site.   Recipes and information found on this site have either been originally developed by us, sent to us by colleagues in Italy, or have been translated from Italian texts.    Recipes presented here, and which are not developed by the staff, are properly accredited.  Opinions are ours alone. Those who do not agree, or who question the recipes as well as the opinions may contact us.   We continuously offer a variety of new recipes for the foods and breads of Italy, as well as commentary and criticism.   We maintain a large reference library of Italian cooking and baking, and  are able to offer free technical support  to those who ask us for assistance. 

We have had many request asking how we started this site and why we maintain it at our own cost. If that is of interest - and it well may be - we have uploaded history. Here is a bit of that history...

The Artisan

A Personal Look at Building a Web Site.


Jerry & Marsha De Angelis

One of the most frustrating aspects of perusing bookstores, both on and off the Internet is finding a myriad of new cooking and baking books with little new to offer. This is especially true in the area in which we are most interested -- Italian foods and breads. Some are well-written and often quite beautiful to look at, and a few offer new approaches to food and breads.  In the past, we would come home from these book buying trips, or unpack books ordered on the Internet, and spend hours reading them. We would try to remember the best parts so we could refer to them in the future. Unfortunately, it was always easy to remember the worst parts. This process of buying books and maintaining our library has resulted in a collection of about 576 cookbooks.  Fortunately one of our other interests is woodworking, so periodic additions to our bookcase collection paralleled the growth of the book collection.

We teach cooking and baking classes as well as maintain a ferocious interest in the cultural integrity of all things Italian. It is this last point on which we have spent countless hours attempting to impress upon those who would listen the importance of authenticity.  It is very easy to find thousands of Italian cookbooks that claim to offer authentic recipes, but not quite so easy to find recipes for rustic Italian breads. As we honed our skills and our knowledge of regional Italian foods continued to increase, it became increasingly frustrating to look at what the marketplace offered to an often-unsuspecting public.

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We have been fortunate to have been the recipients of a number of awards, and are most pleased with our latest recognition.  The Artisan has been selected as one of the best educational resources on the Web by StudySphere. StudySphere is one of the Internet's fastest growing sites of educational resources for students, teachers and parents. StudySphere has scoured the Internet to select only the finest sites to be included within its listing of educational links.  We are very proud to have been chosen by this group, as education ranks very high on The Artisan's list of goals and objectives.

Our last award was in 2009, when we were awarded a place on the Top 100 Cooking Sites on the Internet. That award can be found at the end of this page.


Special Section- Dad's Recipes

My dad Died 1n 1991, but I am reminded of him in many different ways. My Mom, Eleanor, is 94, and lives alone, by choice.  She takes care of herself, and enjoys a robust life shopping, cooking and working on her computer.  She loves to send and receive emails.  We marvel at her because when she was born, the streetlights in her neighborhood were gas lit, airplanes were a very rare and unimportant thing, and cars were for the very wealthy.   Today she pops a CD ROM  into her computer, and listens to music while she prepares her breakfast, lunch and dinner. When we talk, she often tells me that when she listens to a Sinatra or Tony Bennett song, she imagines dancing with Dad, and all the good times they had together.  After more of the the usual banter, talk often turns to food as food really is a metaphor for life in our family.

Not too long ago, my wife, Marsha, found an envelope containing  a number of my Dad's hand written recipe's.  There are in addition to those found in his privately published, small cookbook, Pat's Pride He loved to cook, and had been doing so since he was a young man and helped his mom with his 13 brothers and sisters.  He also cooked in the National Guards, at the Fire Station (He was a  proud fireman.), in various restaurants and at home on special occasions.  Even during recovery from a heart attack he thought about food, and recipes. He would either mail them to us, or bring them when he and Mom visited.  He even learned to type during his recovery period. 

We thought we would share them with folks who logged onto The Artisan, and in that way pay  homage to my Dad's love of cooking.  Click here to access the Frameset and the recipes.


Resources & Connections

We have provided convenient ways to navigate our site.  The navigation objects on the menu to the left provide access to specialty areas. "Headlines", provides a rapid way to see what's new in a small scrolling window. "Feature Page" is where special presentations are found.  This period's feature includes a report of the activities that occurred at the Retail Bakers Association meeting in Anaheim California, which we attended, and chronicles the Bread Bakers Guild of America participation in same.  We feel that this feature will be of special interest to visitors who either not bake or are considering this as an activity. Simply click on the "Feature " link in the menu to read more about and to access our latest featureWe also add a link to featured sites on our Links Page.

"Site Search", "Links"  to other sites, and "Help" may be accessed by clicking on the links to the left.  The Site Search  button in the menu to the left opens a new window, and allows searches of this site for information.  When your search is complete, simply close that window.  

Because of the search function's  usefulness to visitors, we have also included a Search Box below.  Enter the word or recipe for which you are searching, then click on the search button.  When your  search is complete, press the "BACK"  button on your browser to return to The Artisan.

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 "Help" offers brief, but complete assistance, "Contact Us" is self evident and  " Home" will take you to The Artisan Home Page. 

Visitors to The Artisan may find sources of Italian products on The Resource Page.  You can get there by either clicking the link provided here or from the "Home Page".  A link to the Home Page  is provided in the menu to the left.

We have posted "Yeast - A Treatise" on The Artisan.  This is a long piece on yeast and includes information on yeast biology,  how yeast is made, different types of yeast, its role in fermentation, its ability to leaven a variety of breads depending upon how it is used, and quite a bit of other useful and important information.   We have posted a Frames Version, and a version in two sections, also in frames. Section I and Section II contain internal links to each other and make navigation easier, and also include inter section links.

We are leaving both the Flour Test piece and our Flour Treatise links here (See below for the latest award).   Either piece can also be accessed from the Bread Basics Page.  These articles have become training standards to many in the baking industry. 

We have posted articles about our wood fired oven, and have offered recipes for bread, meats and fish on The Artisan.  The easiest way to find these articles is to enter the words "wood Fired Oven" in to the Pico Search engine above.  Your will then access quite a few articles that we have prepared.

The "Feature Page", found on the menu to the left,  highlights two very good purveyors of cured Italian meats: These are Hobbs Applewood Smoked Meats and Salumi Artisan Cured Meats.  We have purchased meats from them for quite a while not, and continue to do so.  The quality is excellent, but as important is the fact that these purveyors make available products that are hard to find in many parts of the United States.  A dish we have made from one of their products is a Pasta dish that can be found in this Link.


Grains and Bread   The Artisan   website has been selected as one of the best educational resources on the Web by StudySphere. StudySphere is one of the Internet's fastest growing sites of educational resources for students, teachers and parents. StudySphere has scoured the Internet to select only the finest sites to be included within its listing of educational links. The specific article that lead to the award is   http://www.theartisan.net/Flours_One.htm , the prelude to The Flour Treatise.  We are very proud of this award.

The Artisan has been selected as a featured site in Lightspan's StudyWeb® as one of the best educational resources on the Web. StudyWeb® is one of the Internet's premier sites for educational resources for students and teachers.  Access StudyWeb® by clicking on the award symbol to the left.

The Artisan  was selected as the "Site Of The Day" by the Food and Wine Online Newsletter. To access Food and Wine Online Sites of the Day please click on the emblem to the left.                                    

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The Artisan  was awarded the "Global Choice Cuisine Award" by World in Your Kitchen.  We were very excited and pleased to receive this award.  You may visit the World Kitchen site by clicking on the award itself.

Riada Silver Award

The Artisan  won the Silver Award for Outstanding Use of Riada Products in a web site.  The competition was sponsored by Riada, a company specializing is Web site development tools. The Artisan has no relationship to Riada, nor do we specifically endorse their products. We are pleased to be so recognized.

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The Artisan  was awarded a "Five Pot" rating by Tudocs,  and has   been listed in the Tudocs Ultimate Cooking Directory.  We are pleased to have been chosen for this distinction, and  thank all of our visitors who have  made the site what it has become. Click on the award to visit their site.

Top 10 Cooking Sites 2009

The Artisan has been awarded another prize. In this case, Chef to Chef has awarded us a Top 100 Cooking Sites Award. As such, we are allowed to Tell the world we're a Top Cooking Site!  We are proud to have received this award and thank the editors of Chef to Chef for choosing us from among the thousands of other cooking sites on the Internet.


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