This is a wonderful book for all those who are passionate about Venice. Presented with great style, it is certainly up to the standard of Franceso's previous publications. But this is not just a book of traditional recipes and pretty photographs, many pages are devoted to the produce used in Venetian cooking and the history of various ingredients. There are pages describing 18th. century life in the palazzi of Venice and four pages devoted to the humble fork. This is a book that will transport you to the Grand Canal everytime you read it. Oh if only all trattoria and ristorante in Venice had a copy!
This attractive book is a great mix of practical recipes and photos which give a sense of place. And the photos of food don't look stylized and artificial - so many in other books, I suspect, are studio shots - but these, if not of Venice or people, look as though they had been taken at the moment Francesco took food from the hob or oven. The book has a reality, a vitality and an honesty. Great gift for anyone who likes Venice and/or Italian food.
Francesco's sparkle and gift for the telling phrase and anecdote, so evident in his guided tours of Italy and his home city, La Serenissima, are fully present in this cook book.
To call it a cook book falls very short of what it is, however. History, study, research and inspiration. Made me immediately go back to the kitchen. Just wish that out here in Hong Kong one could find the necessary ingredients - tomatoes that are not just red but so perfumed that one smells them in the market before seeing them. However, tucked up warmly in a quilt against the prolonged and unseasonable cold of our south-east Asian winter, I swear in reading and savouring this book, I could almost smell fresh artichokes and olives marinating in wooden tubs...
Gave me such a nostalgia for the quality of life found in Italy. Would like to say just once more, and I hope Francesco won't mind...belissimo uomo...bellissima cucina...
A wonderful, personal and biographical journey through Francesco love of his family's past and present, Venice and the inimitable Italian food which binds all together. Makes the reader feel like they are being give a personal tour by the author himself. Being taken through the Venetian streets and traditions and finally being allowed to sit at the table in the author's own house and sharing dinner with his family! All brought together with fantastic little pictures from old family albums.
Another entertaining book from Fransesco. A bit thin in places, but the superb pictures and other aspects of the content more than make up for this. Beautifully written in so many ways, and a great buy.