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Recipes from an Italian Terrace Hardcover – 8 Apr 2004

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; First Edition edition (8 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844030563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844030569
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 2.3 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,411,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perfect for outdoor eating...this should have plenty to
inspire."
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Valentina Harris is a celebrity chef, author, broadcaster and lecturer. Her first television series, Italian Regional Cookery for the BBC, was shown in 1990 and 1998 to international acclaim, and she has just completed a new series for television, Tasting History. Valentina is established as a prolific writer on Italian food and cuisine. She is the author of over 20 books on Italian cookery including Classic Italian Cooking and contributes to many leading national newspapers and magazines such as The Sunday Times Cook's Companion and Insight Guide to Tuscany. Valentina is also founder and director of Villa Valentina Cookery Holidays Ltd.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sabine Zimmermann on 16 Aug. 2008
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This book is far from being dissapointing or even depressing, it evokes a wonderful sense of Italy in summer and contains a lot of great recipes you can use for easy entertaining in summer (or any other season, if you don't insist on eating al fresco). I've tried several recipes and they all turned out great: "lemon meatballs", "pasta with sundried tomatoes and ricotta" (use cream cheese, if you can't get any) or "pasta with saffron" ... And there are many more delicious recipes in that book, I just haven't had the time to try them. The book is split up into five chapters: "Antipasti" (starters), "Primi Piatti" (first course, it tends to be something like pasta in Italy), "Insalata & Verdura" (salads and vegetables), "Alla Griglia" (barbecued) and "La Dolce Vita" (desserts), so you can combine your own menue. If you can't afford that Italian trip right now, bring Italy back to your own terrace!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2011
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Valentina Harris runs a cookery school in Tuscany and some may remember her TV programmes on (I think) the BBC some years ago. One of the problems with Italian cookery books is that they often repeat the same recipes. To an extent this is true of this book too - you will find seafood risotto, bruschette, bistecca alla fiorentina, melanzane parmigiana, meatballs, zabaglione, tiramisu - but there are also more unusual recipes too, enough to make this a worthwhile purchase. As you might guess from the title, this is in spirit a summer cook book although, the absence of any seasonal ingredients apart, there is nothing to stop you bringing a little sunshine into the winter months.

Recipes are divided into chapters following an Italian menu: antipasti (starters), primi piattis (literally first courses - pasta, gnocchi, risotto & soup), insalata & verdure (accompaniments), all griglia (main courses), and la dolce vita for the desserts. To give you a flavour of the recipes, there is a range of bruschette & crostini aside from the more usual offerings, with toppings such as artichoke, squid, asparagus or aubergine & olive. Other starters include a rather wonderful pesto terrine - a fabulous summer starter or buffet dish. Although the original version includes a centre layer of squid, as a vegetarian I opted for an alternative she suggested of char-grilled red peppers and substituted a vegetarian setting agent for gelatine. The contrast of bright red peppers sandwiched between the pesto layers is just stunning and the flavours are wonderfully fresh. Another simple but rather lovely starter is stuffed mozzarella - balls of mozzarella almost sliced through and spread with the stuffing mixture.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Backstrom on 26 Jan. 2006
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A nice book with lots of good recipes. It is not a perfect 10, but it's still the best italian cookbook I have.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Palmer on 25 July 2005
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Not much to say really. Very disappointing for me, with disappointing collection of uninspiring recipes.
Even the scenery photos were depressing.
Italian food is my favourite restaurant food, so this is not an anti-Italian critique
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