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The essence of good italian cookery.
on 3 July 2014
I have had this book for many years, and it is one that I keep coming back to. It is a no frills book that distils Italian cookery down to really simple recipes packed with flavour. Although most recipes are amazingly simple and feature very few ingredients, it concentrates on using good fresh seasonal produce and extracts the best flavours to showcase those ingredients. All recipes are easily achievable for the home cook and even though several say to cook in a wood fired oven, a conventional domestic oven works fine.
This book also features one of my all time favourite recipes which will blow you away. The slow roasted pork shoulder truly is food heaven. Pork, smothered in crush fennel seed, chili and garlic, then roasted in a very low oven over many hours, with occasional basting with lemon juice. The richness and intensity of the flavour, and the way that the succulent pork just falls away from the bone - oh and the crackling! I'm getting hungry just writing this.