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Limoncello and Linen Water Hardcover – 11 Oct 2012

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Please note that this book has been published as both Limoncello and Linen Water and Recipes and Dreams from an Italian Life, the content of both titles is the same.
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174266878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742668789
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 4.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four, and at the age of 18, Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world's cultures and eating. She has cooked at London's The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food, she met her husband, Giovanni, and they now live in Tuscany with their two children.


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Format: Hardcover
This is much more than a cookbook: it is a treasure-house of inspirational recipes and evocative photographs. A book to covet, to linger over, to cook from and to keep.

Tessa Kiros has developed such an appealing format for her cookbooks: the binding, the covers, the beautiful quality of the paper and photography. But this, I think, is her most beautiful book yet.

She dedicates it "to all of the wonderful matriarchs I have been lucky enough to meet" and she prefaces each chapter with "sapiente parole", a few wise words. Some may find this a little twee but some of the words are wise indeed.

Photography throughout is truly breathtaking. All the recipe shots are mouth-watering, the atmosphere and setting shots sublime. Then there are also black and white and faded colour snap-shots of young women who were to become the matriarchs who have had such a strong influence on Tessa. The overall effect is utterly charming.

Just one caveat and that is the type. True, it is clearer than her Greek cookbook Food From Many Greek Kitchens and at least it's grey on white which is an improvement but it's too small and spindly to be really legible. Tessa, please sort out the typography issues in your cookbooks for all your readers' sakes!

I thought with all the photography that the book might be a little light on actual recipes but the reverse is true. There are plenty of irresistible Italian dishes many of which I hadn't come across before. A pantry section includes flavoured oils, salts and perfumed sugars as well as preserves and - of course! - limoncello. A section on breads and a wonderful recipe for sweet pizza.
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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2013
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I have all but one of Tessa Kiros' books and I love Italian home-cooking having lived in Italy for a while. As ever with Tessa's books, this one is beautifully produced. What is good too, particularly for an Italian cook book, is that there are lots of recipes which you won't find in other books and more off-beat variations around some old favourites.

The opening chapter entitled Pantry is brilliant - apart from the limoncello of the title, there are instructions to make herbed oils & vinegars, various flavoured salts, unusual marmalades & jams. Elsewhere there is a gorgeous Tabasco & thyme mayonnaise. There are some good soups too including tomato soup with rice and basil. Pasta dishes include fantastic ravioli stuffed with asparagus, ricotta & sage, asparagus & ham lasagne, spaghetti with a lentil ragu, spinach polpettine. There is an unusual risotto with prawns, lavender & lemon. The chapter devoted to chicken & rabbit includes a good rabbit paté. Meat recipes include stovetop pork in balsamic vinegar and lamb with potatoes, fennel & semi-dried tomatoes. There is also a good range of fish dishes although occasionally there are fish which would not be easy to find in the UK. Someone else has mentioned the perch with lemon & capers which works well with other fish. For sweet dishes there are several good desserts & cakes including a luscious lemon pie, some gorgeous biscuits such as lavender biscuits and a chapter full of iced delights.

My only criticism is that the font is both too small and too pale which makes it difficult to read particularly in the kitchen with strong overhead light. This seems to be a ever increasing problem and I do wish publishers would think about this more sensibly. A cook book needs to have a clear font.
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yes, the pics are gorgeous (as usual in a Tessa Kiros' work) and very many of the recipes sound good + the basic idea is brilliant - a book that celebrates all the wonderful women in Tessa's life & their food.
However this is for me a boring book in the end. Every recipe has a glorious pic, and of course there are more, and more, and more pics here and there... too much! it becomes sickly - like having a chocolate ganache on a chocolate cake, topped with chocolate and vanilla ice crem+ chantilly.... Of course this is just a matter of taste - I find TK's style too much in the end. The pics are over-styled too - too much going on in them: p 164, for instance: chicken with peppers - the lovely pic on the next page.. with same sage leaves near the chicken! they are not even part of the recipe... of course, it could be objected that this IS TK's style...Ok, I accept it, but It leaves the reader felling rather "full" and overwhelmed.

what I really object to is the choice of font: rather small and a faint grey coloured .. on a white background, it makes the page very difficult to read. after few pages I get frustrated and I give up. Maybe it is just me getting old...
... all in all, I would still recommend this book, but with the above caveat
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This is a book to have and cherish for many years. I love her style, the recipes are inspiring, and the publication is of great quality. it makes a great coffee table book for all those in love with all things Italian. I would highly recommend it as a present for food and drink lovers.
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