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The Amalfi Coast: A Collection of Italian Recipes
The Amalfi Coast: A Collection of Italian Recipes
by Katie Caldesi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part cookbook, part guide-book, 27 May 2013
"The Amalfi Coast: A Collection of Italian Recipes" is as much a guide to the region as a recipe-book. The recipes are interwoven with stories from Katie and Giancarlo's time exploring the coastline - so much so that the book is an enjoyable read in itself.

The recipes are good, easy-to-follow and well illustrated by some lavish photography.

I've read a few reviews which weren't exactly glowing and while you shouldn't expect any ground-breaking recipes or techniques - Italian cuisine has been so completely documented that ground-breaking writing is almost impossible - that certainly doesn't mean that this book doesn't bring plenty to the table.

If you've even a passing interest in the food, the people and the scenery of the Amalfi Coast, or you just want to make yourself green with envy, then this is a tasty purchase.


Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy
Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy
by Antonio Carluccio
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy - in every way possible!, 18 May 2012
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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