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The Harry's Bar Cookbook [Hardcover]

Arrigo Cipriani
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15 May 2000
This cookery book is by the owner of the original Harry's Bar in Venice, Arrigo Cipriani. Welles, Hemingway, Bogart, Bacall, Coward, Toscanini, the Windsors and the Burtons were all regulars. This book allows readers to sample its pastas, risottos and carpaccio at home, in nearly 200 recipes direct from Harry's Bar. The dishes are clearly explained and easy to prepare and cook.

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  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857823834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857823837
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,128,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Arrigo produces the best food in the world. I am his greatest fan.' Michael Winner" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Arrigo Cipriani is considered by many of today's top chefs as the inspiration and reference to their work. Resolutely understatedl, Arrigo does not claim to be scholarly but has a distinct air of dignity and respect about his culinary creations making him a marvel of modesty. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT USER-FRIENDLY COOKBOOK (A RARITY !) 5 Dec 2000
I wholeheartedly recommend this excellent book to anyone interested in leaning about and practising Italian cooking. Each subject starts with an out lay of basic facts about the relevant ingredients and contains good "encyclopaedic" information. The recipes are, with some dedication, cookable !! I have learnt how to make a good risotto with por cini, and this year am trying to master the risot to with "frutti di mare". The style of writing is enjoyable. I understand a new updated edition has come out in 2000.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about the TRUE Italian cuisine 29 Aug 2000
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The world is full of books that pretend to talk about the Italian way of cooking. Some of them are good, others have nothing to do with Italian food. For me this is by far the best book if you truly want to enjoy, and to understand, the way we eat. And, btw, all the recipes and timings are correct!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The next best thing to being at Harry's Bar. 7 Sep 2001
As a cook and literary buff, I always thought of Harry's Bar in Venice as a monument that has provided me with great inspiration.
Tucked away on a corner not far from St Mark's Square, it is quite small with low ceilings but with an incredible view of the Grand Canal from its first floor. The decor is very relaxing with small comfortable chairs and tables in pleasant shades of apricot and cream. Upon opening the doors, you immediately drink in the atmosphere that is intimate, worldly, historically rich and alive.
I remember the first time I visited Harry's bar twenty-five years ago. I went to this legendary bar, made famous by Ernest Hemingway, after having promised myself that I would only have a drink. I knew the prices would be outrageous for someone on a student budget since Harry's Bar had enjoyed an international reputation since 1931. But the moment that last sip of wine was out of my glass, I had to ask for a table. I do not remember what I had for lunch that day at Harry's Bar. I do remember though, how impressed I was by the quality of the house wine, the simple presentation of the food that tasted wonderful and the professional and friendly service with which the Harry's Bar staff made sure that this was going to be a memorable experience for me. So, Harry's Bar became part of my growing up and thus gained a significant importance in my life.
Ernest Hemingway used to have his own table in one corner of Harry's Bar. At the end of World War II, Hemingway dedicated to the bar a page of his famous novel "Across the River and into the Trees." The list of famous people who frequented Harry's Bar is long and impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn, Cook & Enjoy 24 April 2014
I have used this book for nearly two years and it's the one I keep returning to for delicious easy recipes. There are lots of photos to teach you how to make gnocchi, or information for choosing parmigiana or olive oil etc. If a recipe needs a explanation of technique, like risotto or preparing artichokes, it is clearly and consciously given. I have learnt much about cooking in the Italian tradition and Signor Cipriani teaches and entertains from the pages of this book. The Bolognese and Osso Buco are not too be missed!

Recently we were in Venice and ate an excellent meal in Harry's Bar. I had the privilege of having the book signed by Signor Cipriani. He was pleased with all the sticky notes, tomato stains and other signs of use. Just as in the book, he had his meal, read the newspaper and greeted everyone in the restaurant.

The book, the restaurant and Venice I can heartily recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I thought. 23 April 2014
Wasn't what I thought.
Looking for "Harry Craddock the Cocktail king in the 1930's"
Seller accepted return and gave a refund very kindly
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5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful read 15 Feb 2014
By rita
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really liked this s well written and I can dip into it and always find something I would like to cook. great for snacks. i.e. cauliflower soup and toasted cheese sandwiches. superb
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