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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books, London (8 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843580071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843580072
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'I love her food - it makes life worth living' Malcolm Gluck

About the Author

Ursula Ferrigno is a passionate vegetarian cook and former principal tutor for Cordon Vert. She trained in hotel catering and took an Escoffier course in Paris before starting her own business manufacturing vegetarian recipes. Her food is now stocked by outlets ranging from Harvey Nichols to Marks & Spencer to Concorde. Half-Italian by birth, she brings a mediterranean theme to her recipes and runs the popular Italian cookery courses at the Books for Cooks Cookery school, Butlers Wharf Chef School and Leiths. She is the author of The Nineties Vegetarian and Pasta Pizza Polenta, both published by Merehurst.


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I've made plenty of dishes from this book and am almost always surprised by just how good a few simple ingredients can turn out. The main courses are a definite winner and I have greatly enjoyed the canned tomato soup (probably the best tomato soup I've ever eaten), dill soup and the porcini risotto...just a few store cupboard ingredients and you get amazing, delicious food. I've made almost all the recipes in the main course chapter and have not once been disappointed.

I was a little less impressed with the salad and accompanying vegetable sections, some of which turned out a little bland or ordinary...I really don't see what was the point of including a "tomato and onion salad" in the book - it is hardly a dish that requires a recipe. There are a number of similar salads that everbody has made in their lives which I feel could have been omitted in favour of something more unusual.

However, the main meals and desserts are so good that you are instantly inclined to forgive Ursula her occasional disappointing moments, and despite the uninspiring salad section I find myself turning to the risottos, soups and pastas again and again. Worth buying just for your main meals.
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One of my favourite cook books! My husband's vegetarian, I'm not (yet), but Ursula Ferrigno makes you forget that. The recipes are imaginative, easy to follow and wonderfully tasty. And as it says in the title - fast. Great when you're late home from work again. If you don't own a copy of TRULY ITALIAN, (or even if you do) - get this one.
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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2011
Ursula Ferrigno was born in Italy to an Italian father and English mother. Even though she moved to the UK years ago, the Italian influence is still strong and many of the recipes in this book are of Italian origin. My first copy of this book fell to bits through over-use. This simple, generally straightforward food relies as much on the quality of the ingredients as anything else. There are certainly recipes that are familiar from other books but there is also plenty that is different. The recipes cover everything from breakfast through snacks, main meals for everyday & for informal entertaining through to desserts.

Starting with Breakfasts & Brunches you will find, amongst others, tropical fruit & yoghurt shake; hot crunchy cinnamon toast (truly delicious); spiced hot apple juice; fried mozzarella sandwiches (I remember this from my days living in Italy - not exactly low-cal or difficult but divine!). Moving on to Soups, Starters & Snacks, the soups include fennel; stuffed lettuce; dill; roasted tomato & garlic; fresh pea. The snacks include crostini with aubergine purée; stuffed mushrooms; Neapolitan baked tomatoes; aubergine & mozzarella sandwich; endive with cannellini bean purée.

There are lots of vegetable accompaniments, for example Tuscan white beans with tomato & sage; ratatouille; asparagus with cream sauce; a recipe from Amalfi which elevates cauliflower from something tasteless into something more-ish; tian of baked courgettes; tomato gratin; wonderful parmesan potato cakes; a delicious potato pie from Bulgaria. Salads include lemon, fennel & rocket with radicchio; tomato and mint; French country salad with beans & potatoes.
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I have loved this book for years, even though not a vegetarian. So, bought one for the next generation, who are vegetarian.
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