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Two Greedy Italians [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Antonio Carluccio & Gennaro Contaldo
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18 April 2011
Over 30 years ago Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo separately left their native Italy for Britain where, in time, they met, worked together and established themselves as leading authorities on Italian cooking. In this compelling book - written to accompany the primetime BBC series - the two old friends have embarked upon an amazing journey back to their homeland to reconnect with their culinary heritage, explore past and current traditions and reveal the very soul of Italian gastronomy. Containing over 100 mouthwatering recipes, this extraordinary book goes beyond the cliches to reveal real Italian food, as cooked by real Italians. It includes an intriguing combination of classic dishes and ingredients as well as others showcasing the changes in style and influences that have become a part of the Italy of today. Reflecting the insights of both men into Italy then and now, Carluccio and Contaldo's return captures the essence of its authors - their humour, their wisdom, their curiosity and, most significantly, their shared passion for good simple food. It is an essential book for anyone with a genuine interest in Italian food.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 1st Edition edition (18 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844009424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844009428
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This kitchen-friendly cookbook contains more than 100 recipes from the two TV veterans. You ll remember why you love these greedy Italians. --- Restaurant, March 1 2011

The Italian Masters --- Sainsburys Magazine, May 1 2011

Whether you re a longtime lover of creating your own Italian food or new to crafting the cuisine, this will be a welcome addition to your cookbook collection. --- BBC Good Food, April 1 2011

About the Author

Antonio Carluccio is one of Italy's great food ambassadors. He has written thirteen bestselling books, including Complete Italian Food, Complete Mushroom Book, Italia and Simple Cooking 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 appointed Commendatore, 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 Gennaro Contaldo is a highly respected chef in London as well as a renowned personality in his own right. He is widely known as the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking. Born in Minori on the Amalfi Coast, Gennaro's quintessentially Italian spirit and positive nature has made him a TV favourite, regularly appearing on BBC's Saturday Kitchen. He has written four cookbooks, of which Passione was awarded Best Italian Cookbook at the World Gourmand Awards in 2004 and has worked in some of London's most popular restaurants. Author Location: London

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Authentic Italian Food 5 May 2011
By Jo R
I loved this book. It's written in a really down to earth way, with no pretentious language or complicated cooking techniques. I also love how Antonio and Gennaro share some of the foods they enjoyed as children - some of these are very simple while others are more extravagant. Recipes are accompanied by brilliant, evocative photography of the food itself and also of Gennaro and Antonio while on their travels. There are also sections of the book where they talk about religion, the family and street food for example, which puts all the recipes into context. If you love real, authentic and traditional Italian food, you will love this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful insight into modern day Italian food 10 May 2011
In my opinion Gennaro Contaldo provided one of the funniest moments in TV cooking show history when he ate Jamie Oliver's deliberately over-peppery mince pie during his Jamie at Home Christmas special a couple of years ago and his always loud, enthusiastic, opinionated and ever-so-Italian nature always guarantees his every TV appearance is entertaining. Coupled with the godfather of Italian cooking in Britain, Antonio Carluccio - who would be my pick for the ideal crazy Italian grandfather every time - and to say I was excited about news of their collaboration for a new book and TV show was an understatement (pretty sure I actually squealed when Antonio replied to my tweet asking if it was true).

I got my hands on a copy of the book before the TV series started and with Italian high up on my favourite foods list, I was already salivating after the first few pages. This not just a book of pasta and pizza recipes - in fact there is only one pizza recipe and it's for `the true Neapolitan pizza'; it is a cookbook full of genuine Italian recipes, of every regional origin, with a variety of classics as well as more modern influences. The book is organised by course, with introductions about the regional and historic origins of each, and every recipe is labelled as either Contaldo's or Carluccio's. There are also informative notes on some of the recipes - for instance did you know that tomatoes didn't come to Italy until the 1500s? I had no idea!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE! 3 May 2011
By t.texas
This is by far one of my favorite recipe books. Beautiful illustrations that will make your mouth water, delectable recipes for even novice cooks, and wonderfully written from the perspective of 2 of the most authentic and respected Italian chefs- Gennaro Contaldo and Antonio Carluccio. It would be the perfect gift for anyone with a passion for Italian food!
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolce Italia! 2 May 2011
The book jacket cover truly reveals the warm friendship between Carluccio and Contaldo, two worldwide famous Italian chefs, who have been cooking up a storm in the UK for the last 30 years since leaving Italy separately and eventually meeting and working together in Britain.
The book contains 208 pages and over 100 recipes, most of them with colour pictures. I love the naturalistic and homely feel of the photography and the simple but striking recipes. In this book the two chefs showcase the genuine regional Italian cuisine and reflect on Italy of the past and the present. Rediscovering their native country and reminiscing on their friendship.
The recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients used are widely available in the shops. The book is divided in six parts: Antipasti (Starters), Primi (First Courses), Secondi (Main Courses), Contorni (Vegetables), Frutta E Dolci (Fruit and Deserts), Merende (Snacks). Today I cooked a fabulous lunch for a friend using eight recipes from the book. Everything was perfect! All recipes worked out really well from execution to seasoning to presentation. This book really shows that less is more.
The TV series that accompany the book 'Two Greedy Italians' will be shown on BBC 2 at 8pm from Wednesday the 4th May.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
As the title suggests I bought the book on the basis that the meals on the programme would be reproduced in the book. Most are but quite a few are not. For example I liked the idea of the rustic bread and tomato dish in the second programme and my wife fancied another rustic dish. Neither of the recipes are in the book and it has loads of recipes which are not in the programme. Bit misleading in my opinion. Maybe if you do want the recipes in the programme get the DVD and take notes!

I do love italian cooking and I am off to Rome in the next few weeks and will see if I can find a book in Italy to satisfy me where this book lets me down.

The book itself is a good read. Just remember it isn't exactly the same as the TV series.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Jemma X
Like the food I eat, I love to devour a cookbook in one sitting with a cup of tea (or a glass of wine on a sunny day like today). I like to read it from cover to cover, taking in every picture, every word, every description. I make lists of what I'll try and read out ingredients of my favourites to my husband, trying to inspire him to be as inspired as I am. It rarely happens that he gets excited over a cookbook, but he was ooh-ing and aah-ing over some of the recipes in this book as much as I was, the Lonza al Miele E Zenzero (Pork Fillet with Honey and Ginger) in particular. But I couldn't read it in one go. I tried, I really did, but in addition to over 100 recipes, the descriptions of the life and times of Italy in the modern, multi cultural world are enthralling. You get the impression that Carluccio and Contaldo were made to re-discover their beloved Italy (perhaps the fee for the accompanying BBC series helped) and were quite surprise at what they found - a Country that was no longer fed by Mamma, chained to the stove all day; a country that no longer sneered at food that wasn't made from Italian ingredients; a country that no longer made fun of fast, convenient ingredients. They found a modern Italy embracing the fusions, flavours and fun of real, modern food.

No soggy carbonara, limp tomato crostini or bland panna cotta to be seen here, this is a book that leaps away from the normal and regular to bring us real, regional Italian food, unusual enough to make this book interesting, simple enough to not terrify the life out of a home cook.

The descriptions and background on Italian rituals, history and ingredients, interspersed with recipes that relate back so well is a captivating mix.
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