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Gennaro: Let's Cook Italian: Favourite Family Recipes Hardcover – 24 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; First Edition edition (24 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862059535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862059535
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.7 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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For more inspiring seasonal fare, and a flavour of rural Italy that s perfect for autumn, you ll love Gennaro Contaldo s family treats. --Cook Vegetarian magazine

this hero of Italian cooking has released another collection of essential recipes for those wishing to imitate the Amalfi family dinner table. A colourful, well produced book full of fun ideas --Italia magazine, January issue

About the Author

Gennaro Contaldo was born in Minori on the Amalfi coast. He came to Britian in the late 60s and worked in several restaurants around the country and London. He then moved to London, where he worked as a chef in a number of restaurants before opening the award-winning Passione. He came to public attention as the chef who inspired Jamie Oliver when they worked together at Antonio Carluccio's restaurant. In spring 2011 he presented Two Greedy Italians on BBC2, and a second series will be aired in spring 2012. Gennaro lives in north-east London with his partner Liz and their nine-year-old twin girls Olivia and Chloe.

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Well laid out cookery book , excellent easy to follow recipes , and some personal touches .
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Great book with tasty easy to follow recipes.
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love this guy, good book.
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With the winter coming up, there are some great platefuls of flavour-filled fresh ingredients here, but there is a good mixture of summer recipes too.

Where the recipes are accompanied by photographs of the expected outcome (so useful when you are cooking a dish for the first time) they all look mouth-wateringly fabulous. Many don't have accompanying photos. There are, if you like that sort of thing, a lot of photos of Gennaro Contaldo and his family cooking and enjoying the food, an inevitable feature of celebrity chef books these days.

The table of contents is as follows: soup, pasta, quick meals, slow meals, Sunday lunch, special occasions, on the side, dough, sweet and preserves.

Each recipe is given its Italian name with the English translation beneath. The number that the recipe should serve is clearly shown, the ingredients are listed clearly, there's a paragraph to introduce the recipe, and the recipes themselves are easy to follow.
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Love the format of this book good glossy photos in particular with the emphasis on pictures of family life.One of my faves I have all of Gennaros books and this is more of a quick pick up,consult & apply the recipe I suppose a more pragmatical approach. I tried the orecchiette with butternut squash & broccolli and was very surprised with the result,personally I wouldnt have configured these two ingredients together.On the downside I suppose there could have been more recipes with photos though considering everything it's balanced as an Italian cookery book. It does what it says on the front cover.Enjoy.!!!
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I loved this book and all of Gennaro's descriptions. It may be idealist, but the book paints such a warm family picture of enjoying good food together - I just want to cook everything in it! Even if you never use the recipes, it makes for good reading.
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Another book featuring Italian recipes, aiming to get family-friendly recipes that might get the family cooking and eating together. A bit of a crowded market to go into...

At least the author has a bit of "previous", as they say, being a well-respected Italian chef, even if he is responsible for inspiring Jamie Oliver at a younger age! Unlike many chefs, Gennaro Contaldo has kept true to his origins and not worked on a this week Chinese, next week Indian, oh the week after Italian cooking style so loved by some chefs who have a book or two to write, sell and promote.

This reviewer set out with an attempt to be neutral, even with the rather tired and hackneyed phrase of "The Family That Cooks Together Stays Together" that led in the introduction. Initial photography, despite being of a high quality, just tended to reinforce this teeth-grating stereotype and had this reviewer starting to mouth "just go to the damn recipes..."

And thence once with the recipes, a cloud of tranquility and peace began to fall again at the YUM office. Nice, good, honest, wholesome recipes. Why spoil the book with the wrapping at the start? Sadly, more respect would have been given if Gennaro had just said "I've been a chef for a long time, I'm passionate about my Italian roots and Italian food. Here's some good recipes. Enjoy".

There is a nice range of recipes, split into chapters of Soup; Pasta; Quick Meals; Slow Meals; Sunday Lunch; Special Occasions; On The Side; Dough; Sweet and finally Preserves. The photographs of the finished dishes draw you in and some of them, such as the picture used for Farfalle con pancetta e piselli, could be a work of art and hung on the wall in their own right.
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Arranged into simple chapter headings that neatly divide up the major themes of different Italian cooking occasions -- soup, pasta, quick meals, slow meals, Sunday lunch, special occasions, sides, dough and sweets -- this book is as packed full of bright colours and photos of the chef and relatives making expressive gestures as you would hope for from an Amalfi cook. The recipes themselves are, in general, simple and effective -- Gennaro's style is to take a Slater-esque preference for simple combos of big, punchy ingredients, all of them learned from his culinary upbringing in his heartland, and to transfer them to simple feasts of home cooking.

You may find just one cause to complain, here, about filler: I don't think most people picking up this recipe book need to be told how to arrange tomato and mozzarella on bread (bruschetta caprese); a couple of the salads feel like they're just there to meet the word limit; I also reckon I've read enough 'basic risotto' recipes to fill a book by themselves -- I know how to cook risotto, okay? This minor criticism aside, elsewhere the mouth will water over simple methods for bistecche alla pizzaiola (steaks with tomato sauce), a good recipe for caponata (a sublime Sicilian aubergine dish), a hearty porchetta (rolled pork belly), some great seafood, as to be expected from his regional home in Italy, and a neat little collection of simple sweets, which even I, with little sweet tooth, appreciated.

Combined with the spirit of Contaldo and his heart for cooking, which is easily translated through the sunny, friendly chapter and recipe headings, this makes a great addition to the cook's shelf, and a lovely gift for anyone interested in Italian cookery.
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