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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Square Peg (26 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224095366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224095365
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are two important influences in my cooking life: my mother and Anna del Conte. Anna is the best Italian food writer. She changed the way the English thought about Italian cooking" (Nigella Lawson)

"My favourite Italian food writer" (Delia Smith)

"The best Italian food writer around" (Nigella Lawson)

"Something of a hero... Her lemon risotto is heavenly, her plums cooked with wine, spices and rosemary a delicious staple. Her writing is warm and unaffected, and full of fascinating historical detail" (Guardian)

"Lots has changed in the food world sine Del Conte first published these recipes in 1993, but they remain classics of their type, with a few interesting curve balls thrown in for good measure, such as risotto with smoked salmon and whiskey" (Irish Times)

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A new, fully illustrated edition of the modern classic on Italian cooking from the cooks' cookery writer, Anna del Conte

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I have far too many cook books and frankly don't need another - but this one has so far proved inspirational. I've made the Pasta and Courgettes with a Pistachio and Basil sauce (twice - it's delish) and the Rice and Chickpea salad, the Pasta with Broccoli and the Bucatini with Pancetta. It is true, as a previous reviewer has pointed out, that some of the instructions are misleading...for instance the courgette recipe specifies Farfalle and then later mentions making your own tagliatelle (for the avoidance of doubt, it's tagliatelle you need...)so I can't give the book 5 stars. You probably need to be a fairly confident cook and not totally rely on the instructions. But for providing new ideas, recipes I can try with ingredients I've either got in the cupboard or can find easily, and beautiful tasting food, I'd recommend this book. Next one to try...Torta di Polenta.
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This is a lovely looking book with wonderful pictures and a really appealing collection of recipes. But the recipes have not been checked! I have cooked two of the recipes twice each and they are incorrect!
Baci di Dama biscuits are lovely but, after you've put 1-2 tbsp of the sugar in the mix, what do you do with the rest of the 120g? I looked up other Baci di Dama recipes online and found that you roll the biscuits in it just before baking.
Pomodori Ripieno do Riso calls for 'Italian rice, preferably Vialone Nano'. I couldn't get that so I used Arborio, usually described as a practical alternative to Vialone. After following the recipe to the letter, the rice was not cooked. And I don't mean it was al dente. I mean that it was hard! And it's not my oven temperature, that was checked with an oven thermometer.
We have become used to clear recipes which, if you follow the instructions, work well. Delia is the queen of this, but there are many other cooks who also offer foolproof instructions.
This is potentially a lovely book and I will try more of the recipes, but the sloppy lack of attention to detail is most disappointing.
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This book is a delight for all those who wish for great Italian food. The book describes how to cook and enjoy real Italian food without any of the awful influences that the USA has imposed on Italian food.
Paolo Aglio
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Perhaps this is just not Anna del Conte's finest hour but having seen her referenced by Nigella Lawson many times, I had high expectations of both the prose and the recipes. It is fine, but not destined to be a favourite cookery book.
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I really recommend this book - on the one hand it gives you definitive recipes for all the classics eg spaghetti carbonara, tomato & mozarella salad, caponata etc but once you've mastered those you can move on to making your own ravioli pasta or one of the puddings like spicy Sienna cake. It's well laid out and easy to read - uncomplicated and unpretentious and it looks good too.
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Loved this book, superb mouthwatering recipes, a real flavour of Italy. Have already tried many of the recipes. Wonderful book.
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Delia has reviewed Anna Del Conte as her favourite Italian cook.

Who am i to disagree? This is a great cookbook.
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Classic collection of Italian recipes. Risotto section is one of the best I've seen in any book. Great flavours made with simple ingredients.
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