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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2007
I am a big fan of Anna del Conte, I have a number of her books all of which are informative, inspiring and consistently delicious.
This book explores some of the culinary heritage of six, perhaps lesser known, regions of Italy: Piedmont, Veneto, Liguria, Le Marche, Puglia and Sardinia. Each chapter starts with a wonderful introduction to the area and its cooking, followed by a selection of recipes typical of the region. Having just returned from a holiday in Puglia, I was delighted to find recipes for some of the amazing food I enjoyed there.
The book is also beautifully presented and illustrated with paintings by Val Archer.
It is a wonderful book, highly recommended.
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on 5 July 2012
This is another wonderful book which I received as a gift from family living in Bari in the beautiful region of Puglia. I really like the painting of the Red Radicchios on the cover. The Painter, the Cook and the Art of Cucina takes you on a gastronomic journey through the lesser known parts of Italy - Puglia, Piedmont, Veneto, Liguria, Le Marche and Sardinia. The food of these regions is being discovered by visitors and cooks for the first time. In a unique collaboration, Anna Del Conte, the foremost expert on Italian cuisine and leading painter, Val Archer, have travelled around Italy using their eyes, ears and taste buds - this book is the result of their journey. Anna observes how passionate Italians are about the flavour and variety of their foods, seasonality, regional specialties and recipes, local producers and local food customs. In each region there are recipes choosen to represent the best use of the local produce, from restaurants or directly from local cooks. Over 100 rich oil paintings are matched with stories about the food and the recipes from the cooks and food producers. The Italians are, of course, as famous for their music as for their cuisine, and it is the inclusion of information about such composers as Rossini - as well as other fascinating nuggets - that makes the journey such a pleasurable one. At the heart of the book though, of course, are the recipes - and these are straightforward and comprehensible. Perhaps all the ingredients may not be available to us, but there is no doubt that most of the results are achievable with just a little effort.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2008
I'm sorry to write this, but the recipes I've tried so far haven't worked. I love Anna del Conte's other books but it seems that the recipes in this one haven't been tested enough. Also there are not detailed enough so you have to be quite knowledgeable to succeed. The paintings are lovely though.
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on 22 December 2010
I purchased this book because of the fantastic art work. There are so many ideas for still life drawing and painting. I may even try some of the recipies.
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on 2 August 2013
I just love it, love the illustrations too.
She is the best Italian cook/author.
Thoroughly recommend for those Italian foodies
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on 14 April 2015
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