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The Queen of Italian cooking
on 26 November 2006
I have a couple of Anna del Conte's books already, including "The Gastronomy of Italy" which is a truly fantastic book. I was slightly worried that this might be a rehash of her other work, but not at all! I haven't come across a duplicated recipe yet.
The book is divided into chapters focussed on key foods including: pasta; rice; bread; pulses; fish; molluscs; meat and poultry; prosciutto, salame and all that; vegetables; wild mushrooms and truffles; cheeses; fruit; nuts etc. which I've found very useful in practice, rather than the more usual antipasti, primi, secondi etc.
She writes very evocatively about food, always relating a certain preparation to a person or place, as is so often the case in Italy.
Her instructions are always clear and reliable - I've never made anything which turned out to be less than delicious, even first time out.
Anna del Conte is highly regarded in Italy as a writer on Italian food, and has won many awards there for her work (no Jamie Oliver interloper she!). This book is a really useful investment for anyone interested in Italian food, and how to cook simply and well.