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on 4 June 2010
I was given this as a gift - everyone who knows me knows I have a cookery book addiction & this one is a perfect gift as it is such a beautiful book to look at and hold, with luscious photography. I am not normally bothered about photos in cookery books although it can be useful to see what the finished dish is supposed to look like, particularly if the style of food is unfamiliar. There are cookery books though, which are as much an evocation of place and this certainly falls into that category. The photography is absolutely stunning, both of the food and of Venice.
As you might expect, there is a lot of fish & seafood reflecting the cuisine of the region - by way of example, fish carpaccio with pink peppercorns, marinated bass, roast sardines, seafood lasagne, pasta with anchovies & onion, monkfish with tomato, & mixed grilled fish. There are also recipes for risotto & gnocchi, antipasti (e.g. baby octopus in tomato), pasta dishes & meat-based main courses such as the pork in milk, liver & onions, chicken in tomato, roast guinea fowl. There is a chapter devoted to vegetable accompaniments & another provides a selection of desserts including tiramisu, lemon ice-cream, amaretti tart & zabaglione.
The recipes are generally straightforward and pretty quick to prepare although I am not sure that the instructions for preparing squid would be useful for anyone doing it for the first time. That said, there is enough here for the experienced cook and the novice.