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Great for Italians too!,
This review is from: Jamie's Italy (Hardcover)I have a confession to make: I am Italian, born and raised in Milan, and Jaime's is one of my favorite cookbooks ever. It sits in my kitchen right next to the big "authentic" Italian tomes on regional cooking, but it gets used much more often. The recipes are great, fresh and traditional with a few personal twists, plenty of flavor, and are all quite easy to make. Some of us love books with beautiful pictures, and he provides plenty. The book is a pleasure to look at. It may not contain a huge number of recipes, but I find that I never use those crowded, unappealing books anyway. Everything I have tried so far has come out beautifully, and I am not at all an experienced cook (even though I am *very* picky when it comes to food quality). Jamie got the seal of approval from a number of friends from all over Italy. Amazing!
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2011 09:17:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Aug 2011 10:50:15 BDT
I have spent the last 30 years going backwards and forwards to Italy and consider myself an Italophile. I have many Italian friends who speak English to varying degrees (I speak Italian reasonably well) and based on this experience I just don't think this review was written by an Italian! (Sentence structure, vocab, use of language etc) This is probably of no consquence but I do wonder who wrote it and why... But as I really like Jamie Oliver I will probably buy the book anyway.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012 12:22:25 GMT
Hm, weird you say that, as I am an Italian expat in the Netherlands, and don't find the review at a level I wouldn't have been able to write myself. I agree a lot of Italians abroad speak and write bad English, but so do some native speakers. It happens more and more frequently that in sentences with the verb in present perfect tense, native speakers will use the word "of" instad of "have" as they sound vaguely similar. It took me a while to understand what they meant! And you don't know for how long the author of the review has actually beed abroad, so his/her English could be the result of many years of practice amongst native speakers.....
Anyways, I was glad to find this review as it means a lot to me when a picky Italian appreciates a recipe book about Italian cousine. Might be buying it in the future!
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 10:51:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2012 10:53:19 GMT
a reader says:
Oh, hi, I mean, thanks!! You made my day!!!! Wow!! I am Italian indeed, and yes, my English is quite decent. I did my graduate work in the US, I guess that would explain it. I sound pretty good too. But Italian I am. And in case you were interested: I still love this book by Jamie and I still use it a lot. Thanks again!
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 12:58:41 GMT
Hello both! It's really impressive that as native Italian speakers your English is so spot on. I just wanted to say that I never meant to cast aspersions on Italians speaking English, just that you can usually tell when someone is writing/speaking in a language that is not their mother tongue. And going back to the original discussion of cook books, I'd recommend/wouldn't be parted from my Marcella Hazan 'The Classic Italian Cookbook' which I bought in the 1980s and has been used so much that it is held together with an elastic band. All the best.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 16:42:08 GMT
a reader says:
Does the Hazan book look good? Because I want my cookbooks to look good.
There, I've just proven my Italianess! ;-)
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012 07:59:52 GMT
From what I saw yesterday, it's a book without photos but with some drawings of the techniques. It seems to be a huge collection, with more than 700 pages! The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
From the exerpt that I read, it seems written in a very catchy tone, and the woman knows really a lot. I loved her description of how the Italian cousine changes due to the geography of the territory... It's probably worth the money if you have time to read, and don't marely look at photos for inspiration. It's a thing I commonly do, and if a photo is appealing I will read the recipe ;) Hazan's book is probably more for the devote cook or the patient reader. It's on my wishlist now, let's see when I'll dare to actually purchase it!
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