Gennaro: Let's Cook Italian: Favourite Family Recipes Hardcover – 24 Aug 2012
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For more inspiring seasonal fare, and a flavour of rural Italy that s perfect for autumn, you ll love Gennaro Contaldo s family treats. --Cook Vegetarian magazine
this hero of Italian cooking has released another collection of essential recipes for those wishing to imitate the Amalfi family dinner table. A colourful, well produced book full of fun ideas --Italia magazine, January issue
About the Author
Gennaro Contaldo was born in Minori on the Amalfi coast. He came to Britian in the late 60s and worked in several restaurants around the country and London. He then moved to London, where he worked as a chef in a number of restaurants before opening the award-winning Passione. He came to public attention as the chef who inspired Jamie Oliver when they worked together at Antonio Carluccio's restaurant. In spring 2011 he presented Two Greedy Italians on BBC2, and a second series will be aired in spring 2012. Gennaro lives in north-east London with his partner Liz and their nine-year-old twin girls Olivia and Chloe.
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Where the recipes are accompanied by photographs of the expected outcome (so useful when you are cooking a dish for the first time) they all look mouth-wateringly fabulous. Many don't have accompanying photos. There are, if you like that sort of thing, a lot of photos of Gennaro Contaldo and his family cooking and enjoying the food, an inevitable feature of celebrity chef books these days.
The table of contents is as follows: soup, pasta, quick meals, slow meals, Sunday lunch, special occasions, on the side, dough, sweet and preserves.
Each recipe is given its Italian name with the English translation beneath. The number that the recipe should serve is clearly shown, the ingredients are listed clearly, there's a paragraph to introduce the recipe, and the recipes themselves are easy to follow.Read more ›
You may find just one cause to complain, here, about filler: I don't think most people picking up this recipe book need to be told how to arrange tomato and mozzarella on bread (bruschetta caprese); a couple of the salads feel like they're just there to meet the word limit; I also reckon I've read enough 'basic risotto' recipes to fill a book by themselves -- I know how to cook risotto, okay? This minor criticism aside, elsewhere the mouth will water over simple methods for bistecche alla pizzaiola (steaks with tomato sauce), a good recipe for caponata (a sublime Sicilian aubergine dish), a hearty porchetta (rolled pork belly), some great seafood, as to be expected from his regional home in Italy, and a neat little collection of simple sweets, which even I, with little sweet tooth, appreciated.
Combined with the spirit of Contaldo and his heart for cooking, which is easily translated through the sunny, friendly chapter and recipe headings, this makes a great addition to the cook's shelf, and a lovely gift for anyone interested in Italian cookery.
At least the author has a bit of "previous", as they say, being a well-respected Italian chef, even if he is responsible for inspiring Jamie Oliver at a younger age! Unlike many chefs, Gennaro Contaldo has kept true to his origins and not worked on a this week Chinese, next week Indian, oh the week after Italian cooking style so loved by some chefs who have a book or two to write, sell and promote.
This reviewer set out with an attempt to be neutral, even with the rather tired and hackneyed phrase of "The Family That Cooks Together Stays Together" that led in the introduction. Initial photography, despite being of a high quality, just tended to reinforce this teeth-grating stereotype and had this reviewer starting to mouth "just go to the damn recipes..."
And thence once with the recipes, a cloud of tranquility and peace began to fall again at the YUM office. Nice, good, honest, wholesome recipes. Why spoil the book with the wrapping at the start? Sadly, more respect would have been given if Gennaro had just said "I've been a chef for a long time, I'm passionate about my Italian roots and Italian food. Here's some good recipes. Enjoy".
There is a nice range of recipes, split into chapters of Soup; Pasta; Quick Meals; Slow Meals; Sunday Lunch; Special Occasions; On The Side; Dough; Sweet and finally Preserves. The photographs of the finished dishes draw you in and some of them, such as the picture used for Farfalle con pancetta e piselli, could be a work of art and hung on the wall in their own right.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the book but find it a bit too 'Home cooking' for mePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like italian cooking and Gennaro is my guruPublished 18 months ago by Monika Stankiewicz-Malawska
Love the format of this book good glossy photos in particular with the emphasis on pictures of family life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by biccerall