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Antonio Carluccio
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1 Oct 2012
Antonio Carluccio is a larger-than-life character who, over his 50-year career, has inspired thousands of people with his no-fuss Italian cooking and passion for good food and wine. But behind the famous name is a man whose life has been full of unexpected twists and turns, joy and sadness, love and loss. Born on the Amalfi Coast in the South of Italy in 1937, Antonio's taste buds were first awakened by his Mamma's delicious home cooking. In this book he recounts the early years, including his first experience cooking simple suppers on a two-ring stove, to his unplanned meteoric rise to fame as the founder of one of the UK's most prominent restaurant brands, prolific author and successful television presenter. Despite his success, Antonio has never forgotten is humble beginnings or the women, who next to food, have been the biggest influence on his life. Throughout the text will be the recipes that have formed the touchstones of his life. This is a story of commitment, drive and the ingredients needed to succeed.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742703925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742703923
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1958, at the age of 21, Antonio Carluccio began to cook simple pasta suppers for himself and his flat-mate on a two-ring stove in Vienna. Now, known for his gentle manner, gruff voice and his wild crop of white hair, Antonio is regarded as the Godfather of Italian gastronomy.

Being born on the Amalfi Coast in the South and raised in the wooded North-West has given Antonio a rare and privileged breadth of culinary knowledge. It was here, in Piedmont, at the age of seven, that Antonio started his life-long past-time of hunting and collecting mushrooms and funghi with his father.

After time spent living in Germany, Antonio moved to London in 1975 and while learning English, traded as a wine merchant of Italian wines. His hobby of studying and collecting wild mushrooms continued to flourish as he found many varieties growing in the English countryside close to London, almost completely undiscovered.

Antonio took over the Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden in 1981, which traded for 26 years. In 1991 Antonio opened a deli next to the restaurant and in 1998 started the first Carluccio's Caffè in Market Place, London. After ten years developing the Carluccio's caffè business Antonio is no longer a director but continues to work with the Carluccio's team on menu development and chef training whilst also concentrating on new projects.

In 1983 Antonio made his first appearance on BBC 2 talking about Mediterranean food and at the same time was asked to write his first book, An Invitation to Italian Cooking. Subsequently he has written many books, published worldwide and made numerous television programmes. In 1998, Antonio was awarded the Commendatore OMRI by the President of Italy for services to Italian gastronomy, the equivalent of a British knighthood. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary OBE.

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Antonio Carluccio is one of the UK's most loved food personalities. He is author of 13 books on Italian cooking, including Simple Cooking, Two Greedy Italians and Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy and is a seasoned television presenter and founder of Carluccio's Caf . He lives in London. In 1998, Antonio was awarded the Commendatore OMRI by the President of Italy for services to Italian gastronomy, the equivalent of a British knighthood. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful man, a wonderful read...... 3 Nov 2012
This book is a joy to read.

It has Antonio's character running through every page, and it is full of both humour and sadness.

I found it to be a 'comforting' read, that is to say that although I was eager to turn each page I also wanted to take my time and savour the story.

He has had a fascinating life and he really goes in to a surprising amount of detail when describing some of his lifes more tragic events, I found these parts particularly moving.

A nice touch is that the book has the ocassional recipe, these are the signature dishes that Antonio has used throughout his career and they remain the cornerstones of his technique to this day.

Despite these recipes the book remains very much a memoir, they are simply a wonderful and quite original little addition.

The book has a fair amount of colour photographs showing all stages of the writers life, some of them are absolutely superb and it is interesting to see just how long it is that Antonio has had that famous white hair!!

The book itself is the standard hardback size, nicely bound and with 304 pages.

There is also a nicely written and affectionate introduction from Raymond Blanc.

Overall I was really pleased with this read, I already liked Antonio Carluccio from what I had seen of him on my televsion screen but now that I know the journey he has taken I have a genuine respect for this fascinating and talented man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Antonio carluccio s recipe for life. 8 Nov 2012
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A truly heartfelt account of Antonio's life so far. Sad in parts inspiring in others. Lovely recipes you throughout the book too. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read. 1 April 2013
By Jean
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A very moving and interesting book. Antonio hides nothing of his life,the good and the not so good. Must read.
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Reading through the pages I felt as though I was part of Carluccio's journey; both in happy and sad times. The happy moments of his life puts a smile on your face and equally the sad moments makes your eyes wet! Having read this book it has confirmed for me that the formula of happiness in life is love and love alone. This great man though successful in his career has had an emotional personal life which whilst heartbreaking to read at times has certainly provided a priceless life experiences for all readers to acknowledge and contemplate. I would have liked to see more photos in the book , in particular some of his paintings. Overall a great book which I found difficult to pause reading. Thank you for sharing your story and I hope I get to meet you personally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tortured genius 30 Jun 2014
By mike
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A man I can relate to. His trials and troubles.....wonderfully written and some great recipes! A must read for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 16 Jun 2014
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a really wonderful read and for someone of his character cooking is a passion . His series on the Television is a must watch or put down to a working Italian food .
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest account... 22 May 2014
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Very well written insight into the life of a man who didnt really find fame until middle age. It seems an honest account, with a few lucky breaks along the way, together with a lot of heartache and unhappiness. In reading this, I saw for the first time some of the mistakes I made in my own life, and so will you, its a good read. Thanks Antonio, for sharing x
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 9 May 2014
By Bryce
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A great read by a great man. I learnt alot about him as a person. It makes him who he is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good Read
Published 9 days ago by christine o'donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read full of mischief,mayhem and life!!!
Such a great man.A real Italian legend.Really enjoyed reading Antonios story.Full of ups and downs,highs and lows as life if for everyone. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Caroline Beresford
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity is genius
If you love Italian cooking you can't not read this.I couldn't put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Trevor Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to reading it
I love Antonio and watching him cook on tv. I bought this to take on holiday so I haven't read it yet. I am sure it will be great though, he seems to have led an interesting life.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L. O. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
This was a refreshing autobiography as it was actually about Antonio and his life rather than looking at his life purely through his food and food experiences. Read more
Published 5 months ago by V. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
I admire this gentleman's honesty.Such an eye opener into the trials and tribulations of this great chef's life. Well done.
Published 7 months ago by gillian longworth
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Italian cookery and a good read - then this is for you.
What a life this man has had with many ups and downs. it is good to see a biography that is warts and all told very truefully.
Published 9 months ago by J. Barry
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