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good recipes, but they are not italian,
This review is from: The Classic Food of Northern Italy (Great Cooks) (Paperback)
No doubt recipes are good. Just what it says is different than how dishes would be cooked in Italy. It is full of exotic recipes aimed to cheat the customer already kidnapped by supermarkets, glossy magazines, celeb chefs, entarteinment tv program pretending to be cooking program. At the same time many, perhaps most, of the basic italian recipes are simply absent.
Buy it if you know nothing about italian food, are happy to continue to know nothing, and want good recipes (not italian, but good).
If you look for italian food look elsewhere.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2009 18:59:25 BDT
What would be your reccommendation for a an authentic book on northern italy's cuisine?
Posted on 8 Sep 2010 13:42:14 BDT
Actually, i have been to three of the regions covered in the book. I borrowed it from the local library to see what recipes it contained and found a number of the dishes I had in Florence, Genoa and Venice. The recipes look authentic, I certainly recognise a lot of the names. To say that they are not "Italian" is unfair. Perhaps the reviewer comes from another part of the Republic, like Sicily, where the cooking tradition is quite different. This is not a general cookery book on (basic) "Italian food", but one that focuses on Northern Italy. It is all explained in the introduction. I am now going to go and buy a copy of this.
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