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Antonio Carluccio's Simple Cooking [Hardcover]

Antonio Carluccio
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4 Sep 2009
Antonio Carluccio began his culinary career over fifty years ago while a student in Vienna. When cooking for himself and his friends on a low budget, he learned the benefits of a basic larder - well stocked with the essentials needed for his favourite Italian dishes - and the importance of buying fresh foods wisely, cheaply and often. His skills were developed from a solid foundation: the years he had spent absorbing lessons from his mother while growing up in Italy. Antonio Carluccio's Simple Cooking is a coming together of all the 'secrets' that Antonio has learned over those fifty years. He is on a mission to instil in his readers the simple pleasure of cooking good fresh food, and to inspire novice cooks with confidence and a repertoire of reliable dishes for all occasions. The recipes included in the book are all very easy to cook, perfect for those with little experience or who are short of time. Throughout, Antonio has also included clever suggestions for how to 'upgrade' a basic recipe and there are also ingenious ideas for using up leftovers. These are Antonio's favourite recipes, illustrated with fabulous photography from Alistair Hendy, including several step-by-step sequences. Antonio Carluccio's Simple Cooking is a distillation of a lifetime of passion, full of Antonio's firm belief that cooking, whether for oneself or for family and friends, is one of the most loving of human skills.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (4 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844007340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844007349
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,670 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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"Simple Cooking is just what a cookbook should want to cook and eat the recipes immediately."
--Telegraph Magazine - 22nd August 2009

"Good food relies on seasonal, local ingredients; his mother's cooking taught him that simplicity is the key." --Waitrose Food Illustrated - September 2009

"Make any of these recipes your main dish."
--.delicious - October 2009

"A delightful book that truly is simple... think delicious pasta's or risotto." - Woman & Home, November 2009 -- Woman & Home, November 2009

"An infectious enthusiasm for Italian food has made Antonio Carluccio a favourite with the Britsih public for over 20 years. No wonder his latest book, Simple Cooking, is such a good read." - Good Housekeeping, October 2009 -- Good Housekeeping, October 2009

"Fall in love with pasta again with Antonio Carluccio's recipes for every occasion." -Sainsbury's, October 2009
-- Sainsbury's, October 2009

About the Author

Antonio is one of Italy's great food ambassadors. He has written thirteen bestselling books, including Complete Italian Food, Complete Mushroom Book and Italia and has also made numerous television programmes - the latest being Carluccio and The Leopard. With Priscilla Carluccio he ran the Neal Street Restaurant in London's Covent Garden and spent 10 years developing the hugely successful Carluccio's Caffes. In 1998 Antonio was given the Commendatore award, the equivalent of a British knighthood, for his knowledge, enthusiasm and lifetime's service to the Italian food industry, and in 2007 he received the O.B.E. Author Location: London

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spinach Balls 24 Sep 2010
I have several of Carluccio's recipe books, all of which provide inspiration for terrific, tasty meals. The menu that Carluccio created for his eponymous cafes is still the family favourite over other Italian style cafe chains. How wonderful that this recipe collection includes some of those cafe favourites most notably the pasta with courgettes and spinach balls, Penne Giardiniera. Having attempted this dish on my own I can't wait to try the proper recipe. The slight, inevitable, overlap with other books by Carluccio is all that stops me giving the book 5*.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 2 Dec 2009
By Daisy
I recently purchased Antonio Carluccio's Simple Cooking and was very, very impressed by this lovely book. All the recipes work, none of them are fiddly or require expensive ingredients and every one I have tried so far has been absolutely delicious. This is a great introduction to simple Italian food and a book that will be getting a lot of use in our kitchen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1 Dec 2013
By Ollie
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If you don't have any Italian cook books or any cook books by Carluccio then this one could be for you, it is a little smaller than A4 size but has plenty of solid recipes in it. My own issue is that 'The Collection' by Antonio Carluccio has nearly all of these recipes and more so if it was up to me I would get 'The Collection'
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 5 Dec 2009
This is a beautiful, brilliantly written book full of lovely recipes that taste great and are extremely easy to make. Antonio's best book yet!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carluccio's simple cooking 18 May 2010
This is the first Carluccio book I have bought but having seen him many times on television and been impressed with his recipes I decided to try it. As the title says it is simple cooking but still strong on flavour, all the receipes I have tried, so far, have been easy to execute and turned out well. I would recommend this to people who want quick but good italian food.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent easy-to-use cookbook 13 Jan 2013
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If you enjoy italian food but hav'n't got a lot of experience of its preparation this is the book for you. The reipes are wide-ranging and clearly set-out and following them is like having Antonio at your elbow. I have used this collection of recipes nearly every week since I bought it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian cookery 29 Oct 2013
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Good book, as one would expect but I do wish cookery authors would consider that their readers do not necessarily live where there's a delicatessen etc readily available!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recipes 25 Oct 2013
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Carluccio has many simple but beautifully fresh recipes in this book. No recipe is too complicated or time-consuming. The results so far have all been wonderfully well received! Will definitely buy his other books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
Must have for every one who enjoys Italian food
Published 13 days ago by Alasdair
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by Mr. Lewis J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
typical carluccio max of flavour min of fuss
Published 21 days ago by Scammel
5.0 out of 5 stars AHHHHHHH Mmmmmm
Antonio I love you. Are you going to Italy again and we eat in your restaurants a little bit. Hope they are your recipes Antonio
Published 23 days ago by Colin Boon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good product
Published 2 months ago by Steven Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB ITALIAN COOKING
Published 5 months ago by BRENDA WILSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Antonio Carluccio's simple cooking
I bought this for a present. It was as described and packaged very well. It arrived on time and I had a brief look through. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. E. P. Atkins
2.0 out of 5 stars An insult to my intelligence
This guy has to be joking, I know the book is called simple cooking but beetroot and mint salad or a range of selected meats (bought from super market) placed on a plate is not... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marty
5.0 out of 5 stars delicious
the recipes in here are really beautiful. my wife & i like Carluccio's restaurants but they can be a little pricey, this book however, contains lots of really humble, authentic &... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brett S Johal
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple cooking.
The book arrived one day early, and it is right up to the standard I would expect from such a great Chef as Antonio Carluccio, this is Italian cooking at it's very best, in fact... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Susan Morgan
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