Venezia: Food and Dreams Hardcover – 20 Oct 2008
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Evocative and beautiful to look at. --The Independent
Tessa's recipes are both authentic and exciting, and really conjure up a flavour of the city's gastronomic identity. --Italia magazine
"Tessa's recipes are both authentic and exciting, and really conjure up a flavour of the city's gastronomic identity."
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It arrived on Friday and over the weekend I've already tried the marinated sea bass, carpaccio beef and pumpkin gnocchi, all of which were delicious. None of these are my usual style of cooking, but her recipes are simple and straightforward, and with so few ingredients they just beg you to try them. Every recipe of hers I've ever tried seems to produce the most authentic dishes full of amazingly intense flavours that whisk you off to their country of origin.
Given the region from which these recipes are drawn, fish and seafood are unsurprisingly the stars of the menu and although dedicated carnivores may be left wanting, fish lovers will love the range of simple fish and seafood recipes. Even those like myself for whom fish is not instinctively their first choice, may find themselves unusually tempted by things they have never tried before. I can't remember the last time I had fresh sardines, but roasted as they were here, they were simple and fabulous (and even more simple if you get the fishmonger to fillet them for you). However; this is most definitely not just a fish book. All round there's plenty to try no matter what your tastes, including the carnivores amongst us, and there are some especially delicious antipasti, risottos and vegetable sides.Read more ›
So far, so good, and if you know someone who loves Venice or has had a special time there, this would be a good gift. But I doubt how much actual cooking I'll be doing from this book...octopus, anchovies, special Italian sausage and prosecco feature highly on the ingredients list, none of which I find particularly appealing or easy to lay my hands on.
It's certainly not the family-friendly fare of Falling Cloudberries or Apples for Jam. Nice to read but I think I'll stick to her earlier works for cooking.
Venezia: Food and Dreams
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book. Excellent stories and photographs and recipes. Super fast delivery service from supplier. Highly recommend and use again.Published 6 months ago by Tamie
What a beautiful book. I already owned it but bought this copy for a friend's birthday, she was over the moon with it.Published 19 months ago by Christine Bowden
I bought this as a gift for my friend after we had been to Venice on a trip...I was very tempted to keep it!Published 19 months ago by phil walker
A beautiful glossy cook book which I personally love flicking through with some stunning photographsPublished 19 months ago by Boppinggeo
beautiful Book, with very lovely Venetian pictures, inexpensive in perfect condition: high recommended Seller - thanksPublished 19 months ago by kitty