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The Silver Spoon (Cooking) [Hardcover]

Francesca Bazzurro , Jason Lowe
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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14 Oct 2005 Cooking
The Silver Spoon is the first international edition of the most influential Italian cookbook of the last fifty years. With over 2,000 traditional and modern recipes, its simple style and traditional authenticity will appeal to both the gourmet and the occasional cook. With a new layout, specially commissioned photography and artwork it is destined to become a classic in the Italian cooking booklist for the international market.

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  • Hardcover: 1264 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd; UK Edition edition (14 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844671
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 19 x 6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'a seriously comprehensive guide that shows that Italian food is about for more than just pasta and pizza. ... One for serious Italophiles.' Gordon Ramsey, The Times 'A joy to cook from. ... may well prove to be the only Italian cookery you'll ever need.' Henrietta Green, Daily Mail 'I predict this is going to become the new bible on Italian food.' The Bookseller 'Big and bountiful, it's a welcoming jumble of recipes...and by the looks of it, it may give cookbooks by American celebrity chefs a run for their money' The New York Times Magazine 'The most exhaustive Italian cookbook in recent memory, this volume offers something for every cook, regardless of their skill level, and deserves to be a fixture in American kitchens.' Publishers Weekly 'It's not so much one more Italian cookbook as the one-volume encyclopedia of Italian home cookery. Lavish illustrations, a helpful glossary of cooking terms and a translation geared to the intelligent layout make The Silver Spoon both pleasant browsing and an accessible manual in the kitchen.' The Wall Street Journal

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165 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential guide to Italian cookery 16 Nov 2005
Format:Hardcover
"The Silver Spoon" offers, in over 1200 pages, the ultimate guide to Italian cookery. It is a massive, very heavy book. It is designed to be used, to be explored, to enthuse, to instruct, but overall, to feed your imagination, your palette, your body. And yet it's not a book to leave around casually on the kitchen table … and certainly not the coffee table. For the serious cook, this is a must have. It's a book to be read and used, a book which will be referred to for decades, a book you will pass on to your children.
It begins with the instruction that 'eating is a serious matter'. Cooking is an art form as well as a pleasure. First published in 1950, this cook book has stood the test of time. There are few glossy pictures. The meat of the volume is its thousands of recipes. Simple. Complex. There is primary advice on cooking techniques and terms, what to use, how to use it. You get instruction on sauces and marinades, all the different courses, meat, fish, vegetables, pasta. An absolutely comprehensive guide. The day you buy it you begin wondering how you've lived your life without it.
The recipes are clearly described. No frills, no gloss. Straightforward description of how to cook each dish, how to get the best out of your ingredients, how to enjoy food and feeding others. The layout is simple, accessible, the recipes easy to find, easy to follow. But it's a vast work. You really need to sit and read it, leaf through it, highlight new ideas you'd like to try, refer to the classics and standards which you'll produce again and again.
An exciting, stimulating essential, the ultimate guide to Italian cooking, and a book which, once you own a copy will not only become indispensable, it's a book which will make you evangelical as you try to convince friends and family that they too must own a copy. Give this to someone as a present - they will never stop thanking you.
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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bin your other cook books 16 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book. Admittedly, quite a few dishes are made of bits of animal that I’ve never even heard of, let alone eaten. But there’s a bewildering array of recipes to try, including starters, sauces, soups, pizzas, pasta, and main courses.
The beauty of the Silver Spoon lies in its simplicity. There’s none of the pretentious guff that usually pads out cookery books, and the recipes are very short and clearly explained. And there are plenty of recipes that won’t have you trawling the supermarket for dozens of obscure ingredients. Chicken in almond sauce? Chicken, almonds, onion, garlic, lemon, white wine. Spinach sauce (for pasta)? Spinach, milk, butter.
Incidentally, this is the only cook book I own that is bound in a way that allows it stay open at the right page all by itself.
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143 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you will ever need for Italian cookery 19 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent layout and for such a large book, easy to find recipes for any food item you care to think of.
Each recipe is also easy to follow and made as simple as possible to follow.
Many of the recipes are well known but this still leaves literally hundreds that the reader has probably never heard of or thought of.
When they say this is the only Italian cookery book you will ever need - they are right.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've lost my heart... 8 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
to The Silver Spoon! It's beautiful AND practical. I love the colour coding, the 2000 recipes, the simplicity and authenticity of this sumptous book. AND the fact that it sits OPEN on my kitchen table ( oh the cook books I could name that don't!)Anybody can cook real italian food with a book like this -where on earth has it been until now??Christmas has come early in our house.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and hugely helpful 10 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
Before I write my review, I would just like to explain the sort of cooking level I am at. There are mixed reviews on here and I suspect the variation is due to different cooking skills or requirements. Personally, I like cooking. I am by no means however a 'foodie'. I think the food on Masterchef is pretentious although I enjoy watching it. I have never tasted my food while cooking and been able to say 'oh that needs oregano' and have never bought a fresh herb in my life. I cook the dinner when I get in from work and I want something simple, delicious and at least bordering on healthy. Cost is also an issue. I may get more adventurous at the weekend and cook something that takes a while like a roast but during the week it's mainly Macaroni cheese (from scratch) or bolognese (from a jar -looks ashamed-) and I usually only buy recipe books to give me ideas for different dinners as we tend to get sick of the same meals over and over.

So that's why I love this cook book. Firstly, it has a whole section dedicated to sauces which has breathed new life in to so many of my more boring dinners such as steak or fish. There's a mustard sauce recipe that's so delicious I could drink it in a mug! There's so much flexibility with a lot of the recipes too so they can be adapted to meet personal tastes. They're brilliantly simple so no exotic ingredients or enormous grocery lists are required. It uses simple ingredients such as chicken legs (such as chicken legs in red wine sauce which was fabulous) and usually there are just 4 or 5 ingredients needed to cook a week's worth of food. There are ingredients I always want to cook but don't know what to do with them, like aubergines for example, but this book focusses on a main ingredient and builds a recipe around it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book
The book is very nice and it has a lot of italian (and English?) recipes. I don't know if this book is the translate of italian edition, but I like it.
Published 23 days ago by Maria_lu
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book on Italian cuisine.....
Although a tad expensive if you love Italian food and especially pasta this has every single recipe you will ever need for the rest of your life, it's a massive thick book packed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Baz Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this
If I had to choose one cookbook I couldn't manage without, this is it. It's an excellent cookbook full of a myriad of wonderful recipes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and inspirational
I use this everytime I need an injection of imagination, wonderful and easy to follow for really tasty delicious food - every recipe a winner so far.
Published 4 months ago by Juicy J
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silver Spoon Italian Cook Book
We're the happy owners of this wonderful cookbook and had it for a couple of years now. On a special occasion, we gave it as a gift to our family members. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Great staple cookbook
Great selection of recipes, from both Italian and broader European cuisine. I use it for many staple recipes such as sauces as well as for finding new things to try.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Rarely used, but good general reference
OK so I do like cookbooks, but really hate those ones that look like they are going to be great but in the end just don't get used either because they are too complicated or are... Read more
Published 9 months ago by dreaming_spires
5.0 out of 5 stars A recipe for every occassion
This book is amazing and I have bought it for just about everyone I know. It has an amazing repetoire of recipes which means that whatever ingredients you have you can find a tasty... Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by Mr. Christopher A. Young
2.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced...
The recipes require fresh herbs which might not be available at the local supermarkets. Substituting with dry herbs makes a bit complicated to guess if the flavour you obtained is... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by Irma
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU'LL ONLY NEED THIS ONE
If I had to jettison all but one cookery book from my collection, then this huge collection of Italian inspired recipes would be be safe. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by DOPPLEGANGER
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