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Limoncello and Linen Water [Hardcover]

Tessa Kiros
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Please note that this book has been published as both Limoncello and Linen Water and Recipes and Dreams from an Italian Life, the content of both titles is the same.

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11 Oct 2012
In Limoncello and Linen water, much-loved author Tessa Kiros celebrates the heritage of Italy, the country she has chosen to call home. This whimsically feminine book is a tribute to the women in our lives - mothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers - and the important lessons we learn from them. With accessible, delicious recipes ranging from robust family dishes to quirky cakes and old-fashioned sauces and preserves, this book is a precious heirloom for today. Key points: after more than 700,000 sales worldwide, this is Tessa's best book yet, written from the heart and celebrating the best of Italy; beautifully, quirkily styled and designed; more than 100 achievable tried and tested recipes

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174266878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742668789
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four, and at the age of 18, Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world's cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London's The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food she met her husband Giovanni, and now lives in Tuscany.

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About the Author

Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four, and at the age of 18, Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world's cultures and eating. She has cooked at London's The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food, she met her husband, Giovanni, and they now live in Tuscany with their two children.

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is much more than a cookbook: it is a treasure-house of inspirational recipes and evocative photographs. A book to covet, to linger over, to cook from and to keep.

Tessa Kiros has developed such an appealing format for her cookbooks: the binding, the covers, the beautiful quality of the paper and photography. But this, I think, is her most beautiful book yet.

She dedicates it "to all of the wonderful matriarchs I have been lucky enough to meet" and she prefaces each chapter with "sapiente parole", a few wise words. Some may find this a little twee but some of the words are wise indeed.

Photography throughout is truly breathtaking. All the recipe shots are mouth-watering, the atmosphere and setting shots sublime. Then there are also black and white and faded colour snap-shots of young women who were to become the matriarchs who have had such a strong influence on Tessa. The overall effect is utterly charming.

Just one caveat and that is the type. True, it is clearer than her Greek cookbook Food From Many Greek Kitchens and at least it's grey on white which is an improvement but it's too small and spindly to be really legible. Tessa, please sort out the typography issues in your cookbooks for all your readers' sakes!

I thought with all the photography that the book might be a little light on actual recipes but the reverse is true. There are plenty of irresistible Italian dishes many of which I hadn't come across before. A pantry section includes flavoured oils, salts and perfumed sugars as well as preserves and - of course! - limoncello. A section on breads and a wonderful recipe for sweet pizza.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented 30 Jan 2013
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have all but one of Tessa Kiros' books and I love Italian home-cooking having lived in Italy for a while. As ever with Tessa's books, this one is beautifully produced. What is good too, particularly for an Italian cook book, is that there are lots of recipes which you won't find in other books and more off-beat variations around some old favourites.

The opening chapter entitled Pantry is brilliant - apart from the limoncello of the title, there are instructions to make herbed oils & vinegars, various flavoured salts, unusual marmalades & jams. Elsewhere there is a gorgeous Tabasco & thyme mayonnaise. There are some good soups too including tomato soup with rice and basil. Pasta dishes include fantastic ravioli stuffed with asparagus, ricotta & sage, asparagus & ham lasagne, spaghetti with a lentil ragu, spinach polpettine. There is an unusual risotto with prawns, lavender & lemon. The chapter devoted to chicken & rabbit includes a good rabbit paté. Meat recipes include stovetop pork in balsamic vinegar and lamb with potatoes, fennel & semi-dried tomatoes. There is also a good range of fish dishes although occasionally there are fish which would not be easy to find in the UK. Someone else has mentioned the perch with lemon & capers which works well with other fish. For sweet dishes there are several good desserts & cakes including a luscious lemon pie, some gorgeous biscuits such as lavender biscuits and a chapter full of iced delights.

My only criticism is that the font is both too small and too pale which makes it difficult to read particularly in the kitchen with strong overhead light. This seems to be a ever increasing problem and I do wish publishers would think about this more sensibly. A cook book needs to have a clear font.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented but some content issues 9 Jan 2013
I found Limoncello and Linen Water by Tessa Kiros to be beautifully presented, and it has a wide range of practical and delicious-sounding recipes. However, if I had known of the font issues before buying it I would not have made the purchase. The small font size and use of light grey text make the content very hard to read. THIS IS MY MAIN ISSUE WITH THE BOOK (80 percent of the reason for giving it a two-star rating). Use of small light-grey font may have been exciting for the designers but it serves the reader very poorly. If you are looking to enhance your knowledge of Italian language for recipes (which I was) this book will not help you much. I felt let down by the mixed use of language for recipe titles. This is my secondary and only other issue with the book (is 20 percent of the reason for giving it a two-star rating). The majority of recipe titles appear in English language only, some in Italian and a few in a combination of the two languages. It would have been great if all recipe titles had been given in English followed by their Italian translation. It is surprising that this wasn't done by the author given she is an Italophile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 7 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a book to have and cherish for many years. I love her style, the recipes are inspiring, and the publication is of great quality. it makes a great coffee table book for all those in love with all things Italian. I would highly recommend it as a present for food and drink lovers.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good ideas, boring layout, unreadable font 13 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
yes, the pics are gorgeous (as usual in a Tessa Kiros' work) and very many of the recipes sound good + the basic idea is brilliant - a book that celebrates all the wonderful women in Tessa's life & their food.
However this is for me a boring book in the end. Every recipe has a glorious pic, and of course there are more, and more, and more pics here and there... too much! it becomes sickly - like having a chocolate ganache on a chocolate cake, topped with chocolate and vanilla ice crem+ chantilly.... Of course this is just a matter of taste - I find TK's style too much in the end. The pics are over-styled too - too much going on in them: p 164, for instance: chicken with peppers - the lovely pic on the next page.. with same sage leaves near the chicken! they are not even part of the recipe... of course, it could be objected that this IS TK's style...Ok, I accept it, but It leaves the reader felling rather "full" and overwhelmed.

what I really object to is the choice of font: rather small and a faint grey coloured .. on a white background, it makes the page very difficult to read. after few pages I get frustrated and I give up. Maybe it is just me getting old...
... all in all, I would still recommend this book, but with the above caveat
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Published 3 months ago by Mrs.M.kYLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice romantic lifestyle book
Nice romantic lifestyle book, written with a can do / must do tone, it's never patronising and is genuinely useful. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight
A beautifully presented book which is a joy to look at and read, every recipe i have tried have been easy to complete and have tasted amazing the sicilian pasta bake has swiftly... Read more
Published 4 months ago by honey
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I already have this book and love the recipe's and the photography is totally divine. A friend was over and she was admiring all my Tessa Kiros's books so I bought her a copy for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars Limoncello and Linen Water
Buy this one, it's a beautiful book. A friend loaned me hers and I just had to try and get a copy. Beautifully written and lovely recipes. Can't recommend it enough.
Published 7 months ago by Kiwi Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Tessa delights yet again
I have loved Tessa's books for years. They are beautifully designed and the recipes are delicious and work. Limoncello and Linenwater is no exception. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laura Walsham
5.0 out of 5 stars Tessa Kiros
Again, beautiful photography and an insight into Tessa Kiros's life. I tend to use these books as a reading/relaxing source and have not yet cooked dishes from this book as I feel... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alfiebaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding !
I have nearly all of Tessa Quiros's Books, and I keep going back to her recipes they are so good, the way this book is written is amazing the pictures outstanding, the perfect book... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marilou Alvez
5.0 out of 5 stars tess kiros
a lovely book, beautifully written, as usual. Lots of recipes we are going to try. Her recipes usually work well.
Published 14 months ago by lydie
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely perfect
Bought by an italian, I can declare that it reflects our cultural way of feel food and the pleasure of cooking. Beautiful photos. You must have it!
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