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It's not overstating it to say that the authors' River Café was at the vanguard of the foodie revolution. However, for many people, this revolution has been more aspirational than achievable, as the punters turned on by radicchio and rocket are the very same ones who may have the least time to try recipes out--never mind trying to source specialist ingredients, fiddling with truffles or building their own wood-burning oven. River Café Easy is a boon with easy-to-follow and easy-to-make recipes presented clearly and attractively, each beginning with a shopping list. Kicking off with bruschetta, each combination of gnaw-inspiring ingredients arranged on toasted slabs of Italian bread is shot from above to form a space-saving yet clear menu mosaic with presentation suggestions. Pasta is divided up into Spaghetti, Short Pasta and Tagliatelle to show how each suits a different type of sauce from the simple cucina rustica of garlic, chilli, parsley and the omnipresent extra virgin olive oil or butter, parmesan and pecorino tossed with spaghetti, to more robust ingredients of tomatoes, seafood and sausage that nestle in the hollows of short pasta, to the richer cream-based sauces holding figs and chilli or dried porcini and sage to thick ribbons of tagliatelle. Cooking processes for meat, seafood and game dishes are simple yet sophisticated and many are ideal for barbeques, family meals and dinner parties as well as being easily scaled down for singles or couples who want to brave a step away from microwave meals. As expected from this source, the cakes and desserts are to die for, with an easy version of the River Café's legendary Chocolate Nemesis.
As well as an Italian store cupboard feature with a list of the perennial ingredients readily available that you should have on hand to whisk up meals at any time and a section on basics such as peeling tomatoes and sauces such as aioli and salsa verde, many recipes include tips and short cuts on ingredients, methods and equipment. River Café Easy works both as a quick meals bible and a great introduction to Italian country cooking. --Fiona Buckland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very easy to follow and great variety of recipes! My husband has thoroughly enjoyed using this book!Published 6 months ago by LDC
Has some nice enough recipes, but only a couple jump out. If you're looking to enhance ur knowledge, probably not the book for you. Good book for a pure beginner though.Published 18 months ago by Featchyface
I have tried some of the recipes which turned out well, others a disaster e.g. Gnudi. So 4 stars is as much as I can rate it.Published 23 months ago by Tolstoy
I love this book, it's so simple and tasty! Try the flattened chicken-it's amazing! The pasta recipes are great, easy everyday dishes.Published on 27 Feb. 2013 by Tanya
Easy to pick up any recipe in this book and it gives youngest ideas for ones to try out tooPublished on 27 Oct. 2012 by MoAbs
great recipe book with italian food. Very very simple stuff for cooking but rich in taste. One of best cook books I ever saw and owned.Published on 3 Jan. 2010 by Daniel Farkas
If you are an experienced or interested cook, the chances are this book will offer nothing you don't already know or have somewhere else. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2004 by Booksthatmatter