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POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012
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POLPO does what a great cookbook should do: it makes you urgently want to cook and breaks new territory (Daily Telegraph)
Wonderful ... the dishes are simple, with relatively few ingredients, but they're inspired. The grilled courgettes with toasted breadcrumbs, for instance, was sublime. The pages of my book are already smeared with olive oil and egg; a good sign (Melanie McDonagh Evening Standard)
A marvellously useful guide to anyone who actually wants to cook (Cary Gee Tribune)
A present for the greedy gourmets in your life (Observer)
Delicious (Mail on Sunday)
Gorgeous (Daily Mail)
Like a trip round the bars and bacari of Venice (Independent)
A delight for its goodies from Venice and beyond, beautifully presented in a book that (hallelujah) lies flat on the kitchen surface (Lisa Markwell Independent)
Definitely the design classic of 2012 (Irish Times)
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This book illustrates better than others I have that Italian food is not actually about simplicity. What is realised is that the pairing of ingredients is genius beyond all other world cuisines, but the putting it together remains deceptively simple.
The food is relaxed, slow paced and gentle.
This book captures the essence of Italian food, and once the Italian life philosophy is understood, then the cooking can begin. What I love about this book is that the essential understanding is written prior to the cooking beginning. Italian food isn't just about the food, and this is captured here perfectly, for those that understand.
For a casual cook that just wants an Italian cookbook, there are better recipe books that just give instructions on the food, but for me, this and the Four Seasons book (did everyone get the Vivaldi joke?) are the best food and recipe books I own.
I recognise the food - the cicchetti culture - it isn't just Italian food, it's more Italian than that. Only someone that lived this Italian dream, but was enough of an outsider to see it, could have written this.
If you sometimes have Aperol spritz in the afternoon, Campari spritz before dinner, Chianti in the evening, and have a Grappa after a meal, then this (these) books are for you (us). We are no longer outsiders alone.
The recipes I have tried have been quick and simple, but look and taste a lot more complex than they seem.
Ingredients have been easy to find so far - I've not tried any of the octopus recipes yet though!
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