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on 19 August 2013
Cicchetti are the Venetian equivalent of Italian antipasti, Spanish tapas, or French canapés, and for those who haven't come across them before, Lindy Wildsmith and Valentina Harris have written this lovely book for those looking to explore the tradition. It's written in two halves: the first, by Lindy, concentrates on the Venetian dishes, whilst the second half by Valentina considers similar bites from around the rest of Italy.

The Venetian section of the book is split into chapters on seafood, eggs cheese & cured meat, vegetables, meat, and aperitivi. The second part is split by region, with a few pages per region and a couple of recipes (including drinks) per page. Some of the recipes are more ideas (parmesan with balsamic vinegar for example), but are still perfect for providing inspiration.

To try and list the most tempting recipes is neigh-on impossible - everything looks so good (about half of the recipes are photographed). And with a total of 250 pages, there are more than enough ideas for even the keenest of cooks, or party host.

It is the one downside of this beautiful book: producing delicious little morsels such as these isn't really worth it unless you have enough people to share the results with. Which sounds like a great excuse for at least several parties.

One of the nicest cook books we have seen this year.
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on 25 October 2014
Well done Lindy, terrific book on every front
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on 13 December 2013
A handy summary for Italophile cooks and a rival to the plethora of Tapas books swamping the market at the present time. A lot of fish based dishes but always exciting to peruse and choose from.
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on 31 December 2013
This is the Tapas equivalent for Italian food, great, easy recipes from different regions. Tried them on 3 different couples, all unanimously impressed by the taste.
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on 9 March 2015
There are some very good recipes, however I do wish they did check the Italian before publishing - there are some appalling errors. Very poor & sloppy editing indeed
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on 29 December 2015
Bought as a gift so unable to comment.
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on 13 September 2014
great, different, buy it.
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on 10 February 2014
quite interesting as a companion to my tapas book.
Nicely illustrated with clear instructions.If I close my eyes I can picture myself sitting
by a canal in Venice with a prosecco and a plate of cicchetti balanced on top.............ah me................
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on 16 December 2015
Excellent
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on 29 November 2015
Top!
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