The Italian Cookery Course: 400 Authentic Regional Recipes and 40 Masterclasses on Technique Hardcover – Illustrated, 22 Oct 2009
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'The Italian Cookery Course aimed at the serious students of Italian cookery and culture, takes a more in-depth approach, with the aim of developing the key skills of Italian cooking.' Time Out 'This book is not only a fascinating read, teaching you about the regions of Italy, but is also full of things that you really do want to cook.' --Thomasina Miers, The Times
Katie's excellent book includes ingredients lists and 400 traditional recipes. She highlights distinctive dishes from Italy's 20 different regions and reveals practical secrets for risotto, meats and gnocchi. --BBC Good Food Magazine
Katie Caldesi offers 500 recipes gathered during her travels from the rice fields of the northern provinces to the lemon groves of the south. Her interspersed masterclasses add spice to this mammoth book. --The Independent
About the Author
Owner of London's Caldesi Restaurant and Caffé Caldesi, Katie is also the principal of the cookery school, La Cucina Caldesi, where she teaches alongside some of the biggest names in Italian cuisine, including Gennaro Contaldo, Ursula Ferrigno and Valentina Harris. Previously, Katie and her husband Ginacarlo co-authored Italian Mama's Kitchen and Return to Tuscany, the cookbook that accompanied a BBC2 TV series which chronicled the couple's trip to Tuscany to rediscover Giancarlo's culinary roots.
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I have the basics of Italian cooking more or less down (don't get me wrong, the Master classes in this book are VERY useful for the things you just wouldn't normally do, like making pasta), what I need help with is learning how to season food properly to make it really Italianicious - I always err too far on the side of caution. Unfortunately that's the one thing this book doesn't help with, with the exception of the fresh herbs it pretty much doesn't mention seasoning in the recipes at all, which is a shame. So if you make stuff to the letter the result is very bland, but I guess that's not the intention.
I've also noticed some recipes which are clearly just untested in this book, and a few which are badly edited. The recipe for spaghetti meatballs, for example, kind of just ends halfway through and you have to guess the rest. With a book of this size I suppose that's to be expected but I think they got the scope wrong. They're also missing out on a lot of recipes you'd expect from an Italian cookbook (e.g. chicken cacciatore).
The recipes are good for absolute basics (e.g. how to make pesto) but the proper meal recipes mostly need to be adapted, for which you need some pre-existing understanding that the book's niche doesn't really fit. Good for flicking through and combining bits and pieces, but if you want the Bible of Italian cooking I'm told it's Silver Spoon.
The book claims to be a cookery course, but surely that should have some structure that becomes progressively more difficult? In fact, this volume has the organisation of a standard cookery book. Dotted throughout are sections entitled Masteclass; these are often simply focused collections of recipes. Even when they do involve a discussion of technique, their value is diminished because they do not have a separate index or section in the Contents. You can only hope to come across them in your travels.
If you can be persuaded to wade through the endless pictures, however, this is actually a quite good cookbook. It contains an eclectic collection of recipes that are well-written, and representative of great Italian cookery. Although the recipes are pitched at a level appropriate for the experienced cook new to Italian methods and ingredients, they do have a few flaws that only experience can prevent. I shall use the recipe for a chicken casserole with lemon to illustrate possible problems. This suggests putting two lemons, halved, into the stew and cooking for at least an hour.Read more ›
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I have a collection of over 60 cookery books covering a umber of different cuisines. This book is the one I find myself going back to time and time again. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maximus
A fantastic cook book - well written, well illustrated and with recipes I actually want to make. Some classics and some that are new to me, all with clear instructions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pommie
A comprehensive book on Italian cooking but for some of the recipes the measurements seem to be a bit odd. Not bad, but there are better books out therePublished 11 months ago by CJK
Delivery was very prompt and the contents of book is great. My mum and I have been on one of Caldesi's cookery courses and loved it so I bought the book for my Mum for Mother's... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Emily Hartwell