Risotto With Nettles: A Memoir with Food Hardcover – 30 Jul 2009
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`Double the pleasure with the great Anna del Conte's lovely memoir with food' --The Scotsman
Anna Del Conte is the woman who first brought Italian cooking to Britain. Sharply observant, enchanting and evocative, a poignant memoir of an unusual woman's life and the food she loves to cook, which began a culinary revolution.See all Product Description
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The author's laconic sense of humour is evident throughout: she takes several hefty swipes at the English, teasing with a discussion of the relative merits of horse, donkey and mule meat that's guaranteed, as she perfectly well knows, to send a shiver up the spine of the average English reader. Using language most editors would normally prefer to avoid, there's a recipe for kids that she allows them to name as `Elephant's Turd', and she relies on what she recognises as a characteristically English disengagement from anything to do with continental Europe to use pretty strong language - but in Italian, so that's alright - about the war.
Those who are interested in social history will find a tremendous resource in the account here of the impact war had on one family and its friends, as well as fascinatingly articulate testimony from someone who belongs both to the culture she was born into, and the one she adopted.Read more ›
I enjoyed this autobiography very much. In particular, I loved the anecdotes of Anna's privileged childhood in Milan and the description of how her family's existence changed during the war, when they had to leave the city to take shelter in the countryside. After the war, while she was spending some time in England as an au-pair, Anna met Oliver, the man who would become her husband, and moved to England to be with him. In spite of the cultural differences their marriage was long and happy. The description of how she misses him now that he's no longer with her is very touching. Being an Italian who has been abroad for a long time I could relate very well to Anna's feeling 'né carne né pesce' (neither fish nor fowl) after living for so many years in England.
Each chapter ends with a couple of recipes. Most of them sound delicious, but there are a few that are definitely not for me - I don't think I'll ever eat pig's head brawn...
Italy and the people. I had to buy another copy for my daughter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book you can learn from classic italian cooking in a fun way, one of the best carbonara recipe I have triedPublished 4 hours ago by Claudia
The book arrived in good condition as described by the seller! The story is wonderful and the recipes will make you crave for food all the time :) one of my favourite books :)Published 1 month ago by cristina gaspar
I've long admired Anna del Conte's writing about food, and this book did not disappoint.Published 1 month ago by Perdita P
Enchanting little book about the Great Unknown amongst cookery writers. A whole life is here - very Italian, very English. Great Christmas present!Published 20 months ago by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
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