Gennaro's Italian Year Hardcover – 25 Sep 2006
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'The most charming of the season's cookbooks... The recipes resemble a more homely version of the River Café's finest' (Evening Standard)
If this name sounds familiar, you probably know him as the all-round colourful character from Jamie Oliver's TV series The Naked Chef. This is his delicious celebration of Italian food. (Glamour)
Gennaro's Italian Year shows us a way into Italian food, lifestyle and culture... Written with passion and charm, Gennaro shows how each season brings a tantalising variety of dishes... This is a book that offers a comprehensive guide to the Italian lifestyle. (Concept for Living (Conran Magazine))
'This book oozes with the Italian chef's passion and knowledge for the country's festivals, celebrations and traditions - as well as a cracking set of recipes' (Olive)
From Jamie Oliver's Italian mentor, a seasonal Italian cookbook that can't fail to inspire with plenty of authentic, regional recipes (Sainsbury's Magazine)
A deeply affectionate reflection of Gennaro's love of family, food and regional ingredients. More than a mere cookbook, this is a paean to a rapidly disappearing slower pace of life. (The Bath Chronicle)
Full of dreamy recipes that walk you through the variety of Italian ingredients. I couldn't resist making Fusili con le noci (fusili with walnuts), a delicious, quick pasta supper. This is a book you will keep going back to. (Family Circle)
For those of us with a love for all things Italian, this is a book to dive into and savour... So much more than recipes, this book is infused with colourful anecdotes about Italian life and culture that add a rich flavour to each of the dishes... And for those of you who are partial to sensory pleasures, Gennaro's Italian Year makes a visual feast. A pleasant afternoon could easily be spent leafing through the smooth, matt images of ingredients, dishes and family life. (UKTV Food Website)
From Jamie Oliver's Italian mentor, a seasonal Italian cookbook that can't fail to inspire with plenty of authentic, regional recipes. Also included are short stories from Gennaro's childhood, which make you feel he really is in the kitchen with you. (Sainsbury's Magazine)
There is an unpretentious feel to both the writing and the recipes; it's a far cry from the usual glossy coffee-table book. (Independent Magazine)
This book oozes with the Italian chef's passion and knowledge for the country's festivals, celebrations and traditions - as well as a cracking set of recipes (Olive)
Gennaro's Italian Year mixes charming reminiscences of his upbringing in the maritime republic of Amalfi with a variety of sumptuous dishes, often related to specific festivals. (NOW Magazine)
The godfather of Italian cooking. (Evening Standard)
The most charming of the season's cookbooks... The recipes resemble a more homely version of the River Café's finest. (Evening Standard)
A warm and charming mixture of reminiscences of his country boyhood in southern Italy... The recipes are splendid (Good Reading, Australia)
Gennaro's second book aims to offer something for all year round, so at least it shouldn't be gathering dust on the kitchen shelf. (Scottish Daily Record)
Gennaro's Italian Year... mixes charming reminiscences of his upbringing in the maritime republic of Amalfi with a variety of sumptuous dishes. (What's On in London)
Gennaro's Italian Year follows the rhythm of the seasons and makes the most simple strong flavours in feast dishes and everyday family meals (Who Weekly, Australia)
If you buy no other cookbook this year, make sure this one is on your shelf or in someone's Christmas stocking. Gennaro's Italian Year is not only beautiful to look at, it makes a fascinating read and the recipes are to-die-for... From feast days to holidays, Christmas treats and summertime specials it will keep you reading, and cooking, all year. (Pure Yorkshire)
Here is his tantalising glimpse of country cooking in Italy, and his recipes are those gathered from personal experiences, family and friends. (The Lady)
A celebration of Italian food, culture and lifestyle in more than 120 seasonal recipes from the man who taught Jamie Oliver everything he knows about Italian foodSee all Product description
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We have bought a house in the south east of Italy and Gennaro's recipe book will be coming with us when we go to visit that's for sure! Thank you Gennaro for such a fantastic amazing recipe/story book.
The book starts with Gennaro's favourite season, autumn. This section begins with a few warming soups - pearl barley & borlotti bean; baked chestnut & bread - and then moves on with things like sautéed olives, baked field mushrooms, pumpkin risotto. Some more unusual recipes include chestnut gnocchi with sausage meat & rosemary or gnocchi stuffed with mushrooms served with a butter & sage sauce (heavenly). There is also fusilli with walnuts, pappardelle with a pheasant sauce, wild boar casserole, baked sausages with grapes, stuffed rabbit, a wonderful mushroom & potato bake, and a simple but delicious dish of zolfino beans that is great on a blustery autumn or winter's day. If you are lamenting the death of a tree in your garden as a result of honey fungus, Gennaro includes a recipe for using the fungus (I haven't tried it). As you might expect, there are a few desserts using autumn's produce - a simple dish of pears served with mascarpone & honey, pumpkin ice-cream.
Winter offers up more soup, stews, pasta with turnip tops, black truffle risotto, ravioli, an excellent lasagne - unusually a Neapolitan version which doesn't involve a cheese sauce. There are a few Christmas dishes - duck with pomegranate, stuffed capon. A pork recipe worthy of mention is slow cooked with leeks. There is a great baked 'mashed potato' cake whilst for those who normally detest Brussels sprouts there is hope - a dish cooked with herbs & Italian cheeses baked in the oven. There are some lovely cheesy doughnuts - very more-ish and not for those on a diet, plus biscuits and Christmas sweets such as panettone pudding and chocolate Christmas pud.
Spring starts with a sorrel & nettle soup, a salad of broad beans & pecorino cheese and moves on to a lovely asparagus risotto, tagliatelle with chicory, several fish dishes, chicken, a really nice roast leg of lamb with a Parmesan crust. Also included is a traditional (savoury) Easter pie and a few cakes/desserts. The summer suggestions are rich with Mediterranean vegetables - baked pepper salad, stuffed peppers, a beautiful pasta dish with courgette flowers, more fish & seafood. There is a fantastic mixed berry sorbet plus citrus fruit ice-cream, melon ice-cream and a glorious espresso granita.
If you like Italian food but are looking for more uncommon recipes then I think you will enjoy this book. It makes for a good read too. I often find the narrative elements of cook books to be rather boring or designed to bolster the ego of the chef. Here though you get the feeling of someone who is passionate about food & cooking.
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