Two Greedy Italians Paperback – Illustrated, 14 Mar 2013
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This kitchen-friendly cookbook contains more than 100 recipes from the two TV veterans. You ll remember why you love these greedy Italians. --- Restaurant, March 1 2011
The Italian Masters --- Sainsburys Magazine, May 1 2011
Whether you re a longtime lover of creating your own Italian food or new to crafting the cuisine, this will be a welcome addition to your cookbook collection. - --BBC Good Food, April 1 2011
About the Author
Antonio Carluccio is one of Italy's great food ambassadors. He has written fourteen bestselling books for Quadrille, including Complete Italian Food, Complete Mushroom Book, Italia and Simple Cooking and has also made numerous television programmes. He ran the Neal Street Restaurant in London's Covent Garden and spent 10 years developing the hugely successful Carluccio's Caffes. In 1998 Antonio was appointed Commendatore, the equivalent of a British knighthood, for his knowledge, enthusiasm and lifetime's service to the Italian food industry, and in 2007 he received an O.B.E. Gennaro Contaldo is a highly respected chef in London as well as a renowned personality in his own right. He is widely known as the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking. Born in Minori on the Amalfi Coast, Gennaro's quintessentially Italian spirit and positive nature has made him a TV favourite, regularly appearing on BBC's Saturday Kitchen. He has written five cookbooks - of which Passione was awarded Best Italian Cookbook at the World Gourmand Awards in 2004 - and has worked in some of London's most popular restaurants.
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The Antipasti section has many easy and tasty recipes to impress family and friends,
I had a early apertif evening and served only Antipasti dishes from this book as apertifs dishes, just small nibs to go with drinks, mostly wine.
One plate that emptied really quickly was the Insalata di porcini (mushrooms very thinly sliced and served with the best olive oil, Lemons, crushed garlic, freshly ground black pepper, chopped chives. So simple to make, but a winner.
Stuffed Qualils eggs, another great success, I have never used Quails eggs before and had my doubts, but such a easy recipe.
Fritelle di Baccala, Salt cod fritters, again I have never used salted cod before, but made this lots of times since the only thing is to soak the fish for 48 hours so you need to be prepared well in advance.
Main course,, I know they use this as a starter, but Carpaccio, I love carpaccio and usually make it with Olive Oil, Lemon and Parmesan cheese, so adding fennel was something new and its really different.
Risotto alla marina con verdure, Seafood & vegetable Risotto another favourite
I could go on and on about the recipes, Buy the book you will love it to Oh forgot Scottiglia con polenta alla spianatora, Mixed meat stew with polenta, fantastic on a cold winters night....
I could go on and on about the recipes in this book.... Buy the book you will it not only for its recipes, but for it Photographs of Italy,
Its always on my coffee table and picked up all the time, Makes people think of Holidays.
The Book brought back many happy holidays in Italy for me
You know how recipe books these days have big glossy pictures, so they can make do as coffee table books in a pinch? This book does that and all, with lots of nice pictures of Italy too. So there’s that to think about if you get bored of the recipes. Not that you will though I expect.
I now own both greedy Italian books and have cooked really lovely food, the recipes are simple and yet reliable and as with all things Italian there is something splendid in their simplicity. I have never enjoyed cooking more. When you buy these books you will ever buy another jar/ pot of pasta sauce again.
On the whole, pros are:
great to accompany the tv series, or if you wish to experiment with Italian cusisine (and are not put off by the intensive tomato sauce usage).
Great for revisiting recipes from the show, as every recipe, as far as I watched it, is in the book.
Huge, lovely pictures of the food, though not of every dish.
If you love to read about Italy, small sections about Italian life.
not for after working, tired weekday cooking.
It seems that there are more pictures of the chefs than dishes, which makes it feel like an image campaign.
I wouldn't mind a more balanced variety of dishes, especially in terms of more soups and desserts.
Final judgement: go for it, if you are into heavily tomato sauce-soaked main dishes, or if you want a collection of the tv show's recipes.
It's great as a coffee table book - beautiful to look at and a good read - but mine already has some stains on the pages because it's also a book for cooking from. The recipes are clear, adaptable when you can't get the ingredients (for example, just use truffle oil instead of expensive truffle slices in the chicken livers recipe) and a total joy to cook, look at and most of all eat. Buon appetito!
Try the Borlotti Bean and Polenta recipe
In the days when Italians couldn't afford to eat they had Pasta or Risi Fagioli (borlotti beans and either rice or pasta
Those days have never been forgotten and we still eat those foods but the recipe above enhances this concept
I cooked the recipe above for some guests last week and they loved it!!
I also did the Bresaola salad and
The Orange Rice cake - now that was delicious Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm :D