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Product details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; Revised edition edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862059586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862059580
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.8 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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A leading light of Italian cuisine. --The Sunday Times Magazine, August 2014

Anna Del Conte is the grandmother of Italian cookery, and her comprehensively updated and handsomely illustrated dictionary of Italian gastronomy is reassuringly authoritative. --Irish Daily Mail

Anna Del Conte is the grandmother of Italian cookery, and her comprehensively updated and handsomely illustrated dictionary of Italian gastronomy is reassuringly authoritative --Irish Daily Mail

About the Author

Anna del Conte was born in Milan. Her books include "Classic Food of Northern Italy," which won The Guild of Food Writer's Book Award, and "The Edible Mushroom Book." In 1994 she won the prestigious Premio Nazionale de Cultura Gastronomica Verdicchio d'Ora prize for dissemination of knowledge about authentic Italian food. In 2011 she won The Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Wow, this book is stunning. Anna del Conte is not only an excellent cook, she's a lively writer. It's claimed that she's responsible for introducing Italian cooking to the UK. This book is essentially a bible; regions, ingredients, traditions and culture in addition to recipes.

This edition is revised and expanded from the one first published in 1987 as a gastronomic dictionary. It retains the dictionary format, but with the addition of numerous full colour photos and more emphasis on recipes. Techniques are explained but I particularly like the way the book explores the rich traditions which link regions and food. There's so much information on every page, it's a delight to browse as a book and there's inspiration throughout.

The recipes aren't extremely complicated. The recipes are about good, honest cooking with quality ingredients. Many are simple, but tasty, others take a little longer to prepare, but the effort is worth it. Cooking terms are explained and there's an extensive index for easy reference to recipes, plus an astonishing 4 pages of bibliography for readers/cooks seeking further inspiration.

If you were to only buy one Italian cookery book, let it be this one. It has everything, it's beautifully written and there's a comprehensive introduction by Anna Del Conte.
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This book is superb, however if you're expecting a recipe book (as I was) you might feel a little disappointed. It's more of an encyclopedia of Italian cuisine and cooking as opposed to a cookbook. However it is really interesting and it's full of information which you can use
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I am very pleased with this book. It is full of very interesting and most unusual recipes
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As recommended by lots of top TV chefs, this is a detailed encyclopedia of Italian cuisine with great detail throughout.
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Looking forward to making the recipes .Very informative book
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No pictures. So not perfect for me as I'm a visual person.
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I bought this for my husband as a birthday present as he'd seen the programme on tv with Nigella Lawson and wanted the book. It is very good and he is thrilled with it.
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The bible of Italian cooking - fabulous book
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