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Made in Italy: Food and Stories [Hardcover]

Giorgio Locatelli
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4 Sep 2006

In this exquisitely designed and photographed volume, Britain's favourite Italian chef brings forth the work of a lifetime: combining old Locatelli family stories and recipes with the contemporary must-have dishes from his celebrated London restaurants.

‘I am an Italian chef who has cooked in Paris and come of age in London,’ says Giorgio Locatelli. ‘Innovative, imaginative food is what people expect from me, but everything I do has its roots in classical, regional Italian cooking.’

This is the book that fans of Locatelli have been waiting for ever since he first made his name at Zafferano. The recent opening of Locanda Locatelli, widely regarded as one of the most exciting restaurants in London, has fuelled interest in this master chef.

Locatelli lights up Locanda with his big, welcoming personality, seamlessly marrying style with an all-Italian mission simply to bring people together at the table to share food, relax and enjoy good company and conversation. In the same way, his delight in food shines through on every page of this exciting new book. Whether he is reminiscing about the dishes of his native Lombardy, suggesting a starter combining the simplest and freshest ingredients, or explaining how to make the ultimate risotto, Locatelli transports the reader into his own kitchen to savour the real tastes of Italy.

Full of the insight and historical detail you might expect from a food writer, combined with the hands-on expertise of a top chef, peppered with evocative stories, and funny and often outspoken observations on the state of food today, this is the contemporary Italian food bible, from the acknowledged master of modern Italian cooking.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Edition edition (4 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841157015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841157016
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘“Made in Italy “ is quite simply the perfect book. So many books are rattled off to accompany television series that when you come across the real thing, written in its own time and to its own agenda, it really hits you between the eyes…Buy this and you’ll never want to look at another Italian cookbook again.’ Gordon Ramsay, Times

‘This book is nothing short of a masterpiece.’ Nigel Slater

‘Packed with delicious recipes, many from his restaurant, and the reminiscences from his life, it is the ultimate gift for anyone interested in Italian food.’ Telegraph

'(Locatelli's) “Made in Italy”, is my Book of the Year and puts everything else I have on my Italian shelf in the shade.’Nigel Slater, Observer Food Monthly

'”Made in Italy “by the flamboyant Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli is such a fashionable combination of charming anecdotes and stories about his family that could double as recipes.' Saturday Telegraph Magazine

‘A compendium that should replace everything but Marcella Hazan on your Italian shelf.’ Kate Colquhoun, in the Daily Telegraph ‘Books of the Year

‘Large and handsome…most of the recipes are painstaking and lucid, and the context embraces Giorgio, his family and professional life, while guiding us effortlessly through some of the riches of Italian foodstuffs.’ Tom Jaine, The Guardian

About the Author

Michelin-starred Giorgio Locatelli is one of Britain's best known Italian chefs. Giorgio began his career at his family's restaurant in Italy before coming to London. He was head chef at Zafferano in London from its opening to a storm of praise and press coverage in 1994, before moving in 2002 to open Locanda Locatelli, where he remains chef-patron.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Il Maestro 25 Sep 2007
By scep
I've got tens of Italian cookbooks and this is the one I would fight to keep. It's all well and good having 40 recipes for courgettes a la 'Silver Spoon', but good food is so much more than join-the-dots recipes. It's about fantastic ingredients and people and ideas and places and inspiration and stories and passion. 'Made in Italy' is all of these things tied together with beautiful photography by the obscenely multi-talented Dan Leppard.

Technically, there isn't anything in here that a confident amateur couldn't tackle. Some of it is time consuming, as good food can be, but there's certainly nothing here on the timescale and complexity of a French cassoulet. Some of the recipes are involved, but I want that in a cookbook. If all you ever do is make bruschetta, minestrone and pasta al forno then you will eat well but your cooking will probably never improve. If you don't want a challenge and don't want to spend a happy Saturday afternoon in the kitchen hand-making tortellini or perfecting the epic cannoli di ricotta then fair enough. Stick with, say, 'Jamie's Italy': an excellent, easy to follow introduction to Italian cooking that covers all of the classics.

The recipes are all outstanding, as you would expect from a chef of Locatelli's reputation. He delights in passing on his expertise and writes with warmth, honesty and humour. What really shines is the depth of background information on ingredients and dishes, and the detailed explanations of why things are done just so. I learned more about risotto, for example, from 'Made in Italy' than from the rest of my Italian food books put together. It's this fundamental understanding of what a dish is about that will make you a better cook. Much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic 6 Jun 2008
I bought this book on a whim whilst on holiday and now find myself reading it from cover to cover. The whole concept is to put the food and the chef in context; the book reads like no other cookery book I have come across. A whole range of ingredients are explained in short essays throughout the book (eg olives, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, parmesan etc). The recipes are split into starters, soups, risotto, fish, meat, pasta and deserts. In amongst the essays and recipes are wonderful photographs and short autobiographical vignettes from Locatelli.

I also have the excellent 'Sliver Spoon', but it is eclipsed by 'Made in Italy'. The former is a huge repository of recipes, listed in exhaustive detail. Locatelli's book on the other hand takes you back to the origins of the food, where it comes from, how it is produced and what to look out for in the market and deli. My wife is currently in food heaven - I find the recipes easy to follow and yes some of the ingredients are a little difficult to get (especially in the West Highlands!) but using your common sense you can easliy find substitutes.

This is without question an instant classic, destined to be a well used kitchen companion for the future. I like one posted idea of having one for the kitchen and one for the coffee table - I would add a third copy for an emergency present. Anyone who enjoys food will appreciate this book immensely. Now I only have to decide which recipe to attempt this weekend...........
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless bible of Italian Food 6 Nov 2006
This book will still be around when Jamie Oliver is just a dinner ladies' distant memory.

'Made In Italy' is densely packed with fascinating and insightful information regarding Italy and its food, for example there are 24 pages studying each aspect of just one dish - the classic risotto (then a further fifteen risotto recipes and even more variations).

But while this is a comprehensive book, it isn't complicated. Locatelli's charisma and style - so beloved of the celebrity set - oozes from the page, and the range of recipes is enough to turn you from non-chef, to sous-chef.

You get a sense that this a book which has been really honed (I read an interview with Locatelli that said he had been making it for five years), and is in marked contrast to the Gordon Ramsay/Jamie Oliver/Gary Rhodes method of releasing a book every six months as though it's a magazine. It's also really beautifully designed and photographed. It's a perfect gift for food lover - ideally you'd want one for the kitchen, and one for your coffee table.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The must-have volume on Italian Food 26 Sep 2006
I have not been able to put this book down (and believe me, it's very heavy!) since I received it a couple of weeks ago. It is a wonderful mixture of recipes, detailed descriptions of distinctive ingredients like parmesan, olive oil and pasta and stories and reminiscences from Giorgio's life. While it is eminently practical, it also includes recipes for many signature dishes from Locanda Locatelli as well as shortcuts and adaptations for cooking at home.

Along with Marcella Hazan's 'Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking', you could not have a better guide to Italian food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need is Locatelli 13 Nov 2006
This book is destined to be a classic. That is to say it will still be consulted by anyone interested in Italian food - or, indeed, food of any nationality - in the twenty-second century. It combines the history and geography of Italian food with the history and geography of Mr Locatelli in just enough detail not to be overbearing, together with hundreds of recipes - some simple, some not so simple.

If you have Made In Italy on your bookshelf you will need no other Italian cookery book - well, perhaps Elizabeth David; because both authors express a philosophy that is both useful and life-enhancing.

What a Christmas present !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great recipes
Published 2 months ago by sm1881
5.0 out of 5 stars ideal present
this was a special request present for my daughter, it is a wonderful book full of stories and brilliant recipes, would recommend
Published 3 months ago by lyndyloo
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just recipes
The recipes provide that extra level of detail in a concise but informative manner that help you achieve the desired result. Read more
Published 3 months ago by W. Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but a few wrong instructions.
The book is great and seems to have some good recipes. The only problem is that there seem to be a few discrepancies and errors in the instructions/ingredients given for some... Read more
Published 8 months ago by I. Ramadani
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Love this book. It is a luxurious, wonderful read. Lots of great recipes, Caponata and the Saffron Risotto particularly. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MRS N K ASHBURNER
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Wonderful book much more than just a cook book,the writing gives you a great sense of place and love for Italy as well as it's food.
Published 17 months ago by S Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars Massive book, well crafted
Great book with great recipes, Giorgio does waffle on though, my Mama said this, my Gran Mama said that etc.... Skip these parts and cook the dishes. Enjoy.
Published 17 months ago by N London
5.0 out of 5 stars Another christmas present
My brother loves food and cooking so this was a perfect gift for him and he was very happy. Thankyou
Published 18 months ago by Jenna K Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars As the title says...
this is not just a collection of recipes. There is also a wealth of information about ingredients, where they come from and how to use and combine them if you want to cook... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Annapanna
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Giorgio
Great reading about Locatelli's childhood days, his passion for the area he comes from, his ingredients and his restaurant. So much more than a 'cookbook'!
Published 19 months ago by celia dulieu
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