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Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Antonio Carluccio , Gennaro Contaldo
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12 April 2012
Nowhere is food as much a part of everyday life as Italy - a country whose unique topography has resulted in distinct regional differences that are vibrantly alive and passionately celebrated. Following the success of Two Greedy Italians, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo embark on a journey to explore Italy's distinct and varied terrains, and to find out how these have shaped the produce and, in turn, the peoples and their traditions. From snow-peaked mountains to lush plains, our two greedy Italians go in search of their homeland's varied culinary styles. They venture into the Alps for comfort food - those heart-warming dishes based around the use of butter, potatoes, polenta and rice. They head to the sea to uncover the many delicious fish and shellfish dishes emanating from this magnificent peninsula with its 1500 miles of coastline, as well as the distinctive cuisine of the Italian islands. Finally, they examine the rich agricultural plains through which flow some of the greatest rivers in Europe - in particular the Po in the north and the Tiber in the centre - revealing their historic influence on the foods grown and cooked within these regions. Containing over 80 mouth-watering recipes and breathtaking photography, Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy showcases the wisdom and passion of these two men for their native land, its people and produce. It is an essential book for anyone with an interest in this extraordinary country and its food.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849491097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849491099
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2.2 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Versatile, simple-to-prepare dishes - a seasonal feast in the making' for Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy --Delicious, May 2012

'Deliciously authentic recipes' for Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy--Daily Mail Weekend, April 14, 2012

'They provide simple, easy-to-follow dishes that make the best use of the freshest ingredients providing a taste sensation' for Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy --The Bookseller

'The Italian Masters Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo share their favourite spring dishes' for Two Greedy Italians --The Sainsburys Magazine, May 1 2011

About the Author

Antonio Carluccio is one of Italy's great food ambassadors. He has written fourteen bestselling books, including Complete Italian Food, Complete Mushroom Book, Italia and Simple Cooking and has also made numerous television programmes. With Priscilla Carluccio he ran the Neal Street Restaurant in London's Covent Garden and spent 10 years developing the hugely successful Carluccio's Caffes. In 1998 he was given the Commendatore award - the equivalent of a British knighthood - for his knowledge, enthusiasm and lifetime's service to the Italian food industry. In 2007 he received the O.B.E. Author Location: London Gennaro Contaldo is widely known as the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking. He is also a highly respected chef in London and a renowned personality in his own right. Gennaro's quintessentially Italian spirit has made him a TV favourite, regularly appearing on BBC's Saturday Kitchen. He has written five cookbooks, of which Passione was awarded Best Italian Cookbook at the World Gourmand Awards in 2004. Author Location: London

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Italian Food tried and tested! 9 April 2012
Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy is another cracker from Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo. Having already review Two Greedy Italians in 2011 I was looking forward to the follow up book. In this publication both chefs embark on a journey through Italy delving into traditions, geography and the contrast of climate which define the agriculture of this amazing country. The book contains 80 recipes and it is divided in four parts:
.Introduction- a snapshot of the lives of Contaldo and Carluccio, together with a brief Italian history and geography.
.Comfort food from the mountains - the Lakes, packed with heart-warming dishes.
.Fresh flavour from the coast - Islands, delicious fresh seafood from Italy's coastline as well as it's islands.
.The larder of the river and plains - Rome.
The photography, by David Loftus, is rustic and breathtaking. I tried the simple recipes that stand the test of time. The focus is on flavours and quality ingredients where only the best will do.
tried the gnocchi di Castagne which was delicious and light, I never heard of chestnut flour before so it was another new discovery for me. Dried chestnuts are milled into a very light brown and gluten free flour with a distinctive aroma and pleasing sweet and nutty taste. I found this flour at my local whole food shop in Brixton.
Warm fresh tuna salad with red onions - lovely citrous and sweet red onions and fresh tuna makes a delicious light lunch, pumpkin risotto has a chilli background to it and the baked apples with walnuts, raisins and honey made a fantastic textured and crunchy finale!
Highly recommended!
I was sent Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy to be reviewed by Quadrille Publishing. The book will be published on the 12th April and the second major 4-part TV series on BBC2 to follow. You can buy it on Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like in this book?? 25 April 2012
By K. Gill
I still haven't seen the series that the Two Greedy Italians book is based on, but I live in Italy, so I have eaten much of this food. As a complement to the first book, this book covers Italy from top to bottom, catching many recipes from the very northern part of Italy which are seldom included in Italian cuisine titles. The recipes in general are authentic, but not the recipes you will see in every book, such as recipes for pizzocheri, bagna cauda, canederli.

There are also of course the typical dishes using venison, hare, and pheasant, which I probably wouldn't be able to find so easily if I weren't already living in Italy, but I think they are important inclusions as they are a real part of the Italian cuisine.

This book does a great job of going past the usual Italian food veneer and showing foods which are at the heart of regional cooking.

This is a great book for all Italian food fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wondrous book and collection of simple recipes 26 April 2012
By Urvashi
This book accompanies the new TV series of the same name on BBC2. I could watch these two chatting and laughing away all day but sadly there are just 4 episodes .

By these 'two' I mean of course Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo. they've been around for as long as I can remember and truly are some of the first ambassadors for Italian food with dozens and dozens of books, articles and TV appearances between them.

Reading this book cover to cover, it almost felt like a travel guide. There is some beautiful photography throughout the book- of the food but also the regions they visited. My geography if Italy isn't great so I found myself searching for maps to discover where the wondrous sounding towns they mention were so a map would have been useful to include. Especially as the format is not by type of dish - starter, main, dessert etc - but by region.

It starts with Comfort Food from the Mountains - the two main ranges being the Alps and the Appenines. I love the way they've included food from bordering countries that has influenced Italian food. It reminded me a little of the recipes in Diana Henry's Roast Figs Sugar Snow. Recipes such as Eisacktaler Weinsuppe (Beef and Wine Soup) and Fonduta Valdostana con Tartufo (Fontina Cheese Fondue with Truffles) have obvious links to the Swiss and Austrian borders but it was nice to see the Italian adaption.

This also includes food influenced by the many forests in the mountain valleys including mushroom dishes like Schwammerlsuppe (Chanterelle Soup) and Funghi Impanati e Fritti (Fried Porcini Mushrooms). Chestnut trees are apparently acommon sight all over North Italy and Gennaro's Gnocchi di Castagne con Burro e Salvia (Chestnut Gnocchi with Sage and Butter Sauce) was one I had to try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy looks at the regional cooking of Italy through the country's distinct geography - the mountains, the coast, and the plains - with over 80 recipes from Gennaro Contaldo and Antonio Carluccio divided between the three features.

With so many cookbooks on the market, and so many covering the same ground, it was a pleasant surprise to find more than a few recipes in 'Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy' that we hadn't come across before, as well as some classics. There's a heavy emphasis on authenticity, and the style of the food is much more 'good home-cooking' than 'fancy restaurant' - which means that the ingredients are readily available (even here in Northern Ireland), the recipes are flavoursome, and they're also fairly easy to reproduce at home.

You might feel a little short-changed if you've a sweet tooth, as there aren't that many dessert recipes, and those that are there won't blow your socks off. That'll come as no surprise to anyone who watched the TV series.

While you can't have a good cookbook without good recipes, it'd be criminal if that's all this book was, given who the authors are. Thankfully the book manages to capture Gennaro's flamboyance, Antonio's more retiring character, and the ying-and-yang friendship the two have. There's a lot of humour in these pages, as well as a great passion for the food, people and culture of The Old Country.

These Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy - in every way possible - and clearly had a great time doing it!
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