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From Seed to Plate [Paperback]

Paolo Arrigo
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4 Mar 2010
The best way to get fresh, tasty ingredients is to grow your own. Italians have known this for centuries, and no Italian house, apartment, school or office is complete unless it has a little bit of space in which to grow tomatoes, herbs, salad leaves and whatever else can be crammed in. From Seed to Plate covers that very Italian tradition of growing to cook, using recipes handed down from cook to cook, often through generations. Paolo Arrigo shares his family's practical traditions and 'passione' for food, guiding readers on the best varieties to grow, offering growing tips and explaining how all the resulting delicious produce should be best prepared, cooked and preserved. Including recipes from Paolo's own family, delicatessens, favourite restaurants and chefs such as Georgio Locatelli, Antony Worrall Thompson, Rose Prince, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and many more, this is a book that persuades us to look at food in a different way - the Italian way.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847373089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847373083
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paolo Arrigo is passionate about food. Born and brought up in London, he is still very much an Italian at heart and was taught from an early age how to pick mushrooms, grow and cook vegetables and shout loudly when watching football. His whole life has revolved around food in one way or another and his company, Seeds of Italy, is an extension of that passion.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Italians do it better! 30 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
A fantastic book that offers an insight into what to Italians is second nature, being self sufficent and growing your own. Arrigo offers a unique insight into Italian family cooking with often humourus anecdotes and helpful tips. From my experience of running a cooking school in Italy I know that people are often so unaware of where their food comes from, this book addresses this brilliantly. Paolo Arrigo shares his family's practical traditions and 'passione' for food. The book includes recipes from Paolo's own family, delicatessens, favourite restaurants and chefs such as Georgio Locatelli, Antony Worrall Thompson and Rose Prince this is a book that persuades us to look at food in a different way - the Italian way or the healthy way!.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special book 2 Mar 2009
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This attractive book is confused (in a good way) as it can't decide whether to be a cook book, a gardening book, a guide to Italy or simply a family history. It is all of these things but presented in such a way that it is does not detract from its main purpose of showing you just what to do with your vegetables when you've grown them (with a few hints about HOW to grow them too).

The presentation of this book is superb, the pictures are lush, the language is friendly. In style it is like a combination of the classic 'Gardener Cook' by Christopher Lloyd and 'Jamie's Italy' by Jamie Oliver (perhaps with a nod towards 'Passione' by Gennaro Contaldo).
This is an excellent book, the recipes are easy to follow and they inspire you to want to grow stuff (rather than simply pop to the market) just to then eat it.

While not strictly a book for vegetarians, because the emphasis is on growing and then eating vegetables it means that any veggie who loves Italy will find this book a great investment.
The author also runs the seed company 'Seeds of Italy' which is very helpful to know if you want to know where to buy authentic Italian vegetable seeds - but this book is most certainly not simply an advert for that company.

This is a great (cook) book and as much inspiration as anyone could want to become as passionate about growing/cooking vegetables as (we are told) most Italians already are. Indeed even if you are only an 'arm chair vegetable grower' or have not (yet!) been to Italy, you'll still find much to love about this lovely, inspiring (and practical) book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 26 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
Great book full of planting guides, seed selection and cooking tips.The stand at Chelsea was always full,and I recommend anyone to get their catalogue and give it a shot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Treasure 7 April 2010
Format:Paperback
A brilliant book for those who enjoy simple tasty food and growing it themselves.
My wombat and I have had an awesome success rate on our allotment from the seeds of Italy range so it`s nice to know what to do with all them flippin` courgettes!!!!! (and basil and chillis and raab etc.etc.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who grow their own 31 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
Reading this book makes you want to start sowing seeds straight away. There are lots of growing tips as well as delicious recipes. Typical Italian food - simple but full of flavour.
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