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POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) [Hardcover]

Russell Norman
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Book Description

5 July 2012
Russell Norman's 'The Restaurant Man' is a brand new primetime six-part series on BBC TWO. Russell Norman opened Polpo, a critically acclaimed London restaurant in the height of the recession, to queues around the block.

This series follows six complete novices who turn their backs on their stable careers, risk their life savings, all for the dream of a new life.

Tucked away in a backstreet of London's edgy Soho district, POLPO is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bàcaro where Russell Norman serves up dishes from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this kind of cooking is unfussy, innovative and exuberantly delicious.

The 140 recipes in the book include caprese stacks, zucchini shoestring fries, asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter, butternut risotto, arancini, rabbit cacciatore, warm duck salad with wet walnuts and beets, crispy baby pizzas with prosciutto and rocket, scallops with lemon and peppermint, mackerel tartare, linguine with clams, whole sea bream, warm octopus salad, soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel salad, walnut and honey semifreddo, tiramisù, fizzy bellinis and glasses of bright orange spritz.

With luminescent photography by Jenny Zarins, which captures the unfrequented corners, the bustling bàcari and the sublime waterways of Venice, POLPO is a dazzling tribute to Italy's greatest hidden cuisine.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408816792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408816790
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 18.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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POLPO does what a great cookbook should do: it makes you urgently want to cook and breaks new territory (Daily Telegraph)

Wonderful ... the dishes are simple, with relatively few ingredients, but they're inspired. The grilled courgettes with toasted breadcrumbs, for instance, was sublime. The pages of my book are already smeared with olive oil and egg; a good sign (Melanie McDonagh Evening Standard)

A marvellously useful guide to anyone who actually wants to cook (Cary Gee Tribune)

A present for the greedy gourmets in your life (Observer)

Delicious (Mail on Sunday)

Gorgeous (Daily Mail)

Like a trip round the bars and bacari of Venice (Independent)

A delight for its goodies from Venice and beyond, beautifully presesnted in a book that (hallelujah) lies flat on the kitchen surface (Lisa Markwell Independent)

Definitely the design classic of 2012 (Irish Times)

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Deliciously simple Venetian dishes - from London's most buzzing restaurant

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Venetian Blinder 25 July 2012
Format:Hardcover
It comes as no surprise that, for his first book, Venice expert and addict Russell Norman has applied the same attention to detail as marks out his restaurants to delivering a beautiful, practical and eminently useable volume. Part travel guide, part cookbook, part love letter, Norman conveys the reader around Venice as if in a gondola, taking in ciccheti here, pizzette there, all washed down with an Aperol Spritz. As a huge fan of his Polpo restaurants, it's a joy to now have this definitive guide to the dishes I enjoy there so as to be able to enjoy them at home. The cleverly stitched spine, enabling the book to lie flat on the worktop, will surely be as widely copied as Norman's small plates, no reservations business model.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polpo, Best Italian cookbook yet! 12 Oct 2012
By Lyndy
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Heard this book being reviewed on Womens Hour a few months ago, was intrigued and had a look online. couldn't resist it as it is about the little bars/restaurants which we like to frequent in Italy. Have been so pleased with it, used it more than any other Italian cookbook I own and every recipe has been a success. Just laying up litres of the tomato sauce which is fab, to eat with the Polpette (meatballs) again fab, as is everything else I have tried.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 9 Oct 2012
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Quite apart from the delicious recipes, the production qualities of this book are stunning, with beautiful photography and illustrations, and a very unusual spine design which makes you want to pick it up and turn the pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly different! 16 Jan 2013
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This is a completely entertaining, simple, no-nonsense, readable book with easy-to-follow recipes. Whilst I first thought when looking at the recipes was, "why didn't I think about that - this is what I've been doing for years?", there is just that little twist which takes one notch above. Great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best cookbook I have every bought 31 July 2013
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Best cook book I have ever bought, its simple ingredients and clear instructs have helped me as a novice cook
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polpo book review 22 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
Now here's a thing I have never tried before- - roasting grapes, so when I spotted this recipe in the new cook book that I recently received I thought I would give it a go. Yesterday we found our selves at a wedding in the morning, (my step niece got married) then kicking our heels for the rest of the day before heading to the evening reception party, so at lunch time I thought I would try my hand at this, the full recipe is Goat's Cheese Roasted Grape & Walnut Bruschette, but I'm not a huge fan of walnuts so left those little chaps out, and added some slight variations of my own.

Polpo, A Venetian Cook Book (of sorts) published by Bloomsbury, is responsible for my little trip down memory lane today, filled with lovely photos (that makes me think we should visit Venice again, though maybe next time in the spring), and one hundred and forty simple recipes all inspired by the culinary treats found in the back streets of Venice and recreated by Russell Norman. If you intend to take a trip to Venice, take Russell Norman's advice, stay away from the tourist places to eat, and take a wonder down the back streets where the real taste of Venice awaits.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 8 Jun 2013
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Bought this as a present, it is so pretty and so different, there is only one pasta recipe, which makes a refreshing change. Some friends of the books recipient most definitely had book envy when flicking though the great sounding recipes and gorgeous images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best cook book ever 14 Dec 2012
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Used it many times and a copy bought for a friend went down extremely well too. This year has been a good one for cookery books but this is easily tops!,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Absolutely stunning piece of print! The most beautiful cookbook I've ever seen!
The visuals are great, and recipes are fairly simple but delicious.
Published 1 month ago by Vikki Atherton
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I bought this because the recipes look exactly like good venetian food. So, it's perfect really in that sense. the design is awful though, as it deliberately has no spine. Read more
Published 1 month ago by eccles
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally worth buying
This great bok is beautifully constructed, it feels great to hold, has an amazing spine that opens and stays open, has recipes that are fresh, usuable, inspiring and tasty. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Davina S. Saint
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book all around...!
Beautifully presented, original recipes, clearly written recipes, beautiful photography and a lay flat design everything a cool book should be.
Published 2 months ago by R. Charbonnet
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but really good
Have made a few recipes so far and they have all come out really well. It's a very simple book but then I think that's the beauty of it.
Published 3 months ago by R
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Venetian Cuisine
Have now tried many recipes from this book and they have all come out extremely well. Friends very impressed and hence have bought several copies. Well with it.
Published 4 months ago by enzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
beautiful book, fabulous recipes - fun and easy to make and absolutely delicious. I bought it for a friend for Christmas too.
Published 4 months ago by RMB
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
This is exactly what books are going to have to be in the future: beautiful items in themselves, multifunctional. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RachelWalker
5.0 out of 5 stars FELT LIKE A REAL VENETIAN
Bought the book, flew to Venice and searched for the great out of way spots mentioned in the book ..... Read more
Published 5 months ago by karen d warhol
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous venetian cookbook
fabulous book
recipes easy to follow
gorgeous venetian cookery
lovely pictures of romantic venice
i highly recommend to any discerning cook/traveller
Published 8 months ago by Jayne worth
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