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on 7 May 2015
Insanely sofisticated, not one preconceived idea of Italian, authentic, old & new, at the same time. I learned, and I know well Italian eats. Bravo!!
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on 14 October 2013
Excellent italian food with a difference. Recipes easy to follow. Gelato a dream ! Not for the novice cook, a little experience and confidence would help.
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on 29 November 2013
It is a wonderful book and was recommended to me by my daughter, a chef, who rated it very well too
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on 1 August 2014
Excellent book and service
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on 11 October 2011
What a beautiful book. The restaurant (If you can get in) is a wonderful place - an interesting concept, where they serve lots of regional dishes (That are in season) in small or regular plate sizes. It's a bit like an Italian version of Tapas. The photography is great - quirky and evocative images, alongside simple illustrations of the food. However, the print quality is not the best. It looks flat and lacks sharpness on many pages. This is probably due to printing on recycled paper - I have seen this result before when books and brochures are printed using recycled or mixed source papers; a matt finish that looks 'organic' - highly commendable and 'green' - but print quality does suffer.
Of course if you lived in Italy you would have access to all the wonderful ingredients to make these dishes, but not so much in Britain, despite offering a website that gives names of suppliers. If you are a real 'foodie' and have a well stocked kitchen and Italian Deli around the corner - this is the book for you. For people who love italy and Italian food, it's still a lovely book to have on your kitchen shelf.
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on 1 August 2012
This is not so much a cook book, more a way of life. You could live from this one book and eat wonderfully for the rest of your life. It's beautiful, it's intelligent, the recipes are varied and hearty, and the voice in which they are written is unstuffy, unpretentious, and authentic. Go for it, use it as your guide, it will not disappoint.
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on 15 August 2013
Just like the 1980s hit by Duran Duran - you will be 'hungry like the wolf' when you see these recipes from across Italy, gorgeous collection to create in the kitchen to share with family and friends.
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on 27 June 2011
This is not the first cookbook with authentic Italian recipes, nor is it the most comprehensive. But it is the first to fully convey the joy to be had from the most typical of dishes, from all over Italy, in their most honest form. Each dish is honoured with a paragraph about what exciting memories and sensations it evokes in the author, then instructions for the recipe that are always clear and concise, never pedantic (which would be un-Italian), and a full-page photograph. And its greatest strength is that the recipes are so well chosen. Jacob Kenedy has spent a great deal of time, attentively, in Italy, and perhaps his not being Italian helped to him to be a better judge of what is most special over all; he can select recipes from anywhere in Italy without the interference of the local pride and prejudice that almost defines a true Italian. He makes this point in his book. But I think it has helped him in another way too: he has no anxiety about the humble origins of much Italian food (much of the best Italian food), as so many Italian-born chefs do. In fact his mission has been to glorify the most robust and basic aspects of Italian cookery, convinced that they are what make it specially satisfying and evocative. He is right, of course, which accounts for the success of his Bocca di Lupo restaurant. And this is also what should make this book such a success - it is a restaurant cookbook and yet the recipes will work at home, because they derive only from how Italians actually eat at home (if they are lucky).
Kenedy happens to have put affectionate emphasis on the cooking of Lazio, which is perhaps the simplest, and most maligned of Italian regional cuisines - maligned especially by trendy Romans - and the most adaptable to home kitchens abroad. It is great to see because this is food that has never had much exposure, and these days it is rare enough to find even in Rome; now foreigners will discover the joys of guanciale, fave, and pecorino, just as Romans have turned their noses up at them.
Really, it has become hard even in Italy for a foreigner to eat like this; Italian food is so often adulterated by what is expected of foreign tastes, and by the pointless anxiety of Italian chefs to seem modern, that unless you are invited into a local home, or you are lucky enough to stumble into a trattoria so dingy that it repels the average tourist, you are unlikely to see plates like those in Bocca. That is the last benefit of Bocca: it will show you what to look for in Italian food. (Sometimes Kenedy also directs you to where to find it, in different Italian cities.)

Lastly, mention should be made of the dessert section which, though necessarily more complicated, is excellent, and obviously where a great deal of Kenedy's enthusiasm has been directed.

If you want to know what it is like to eat well in Italy, and how you can eat like that wherever you may be, you should get this book.
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on 3 November 2014
Unfotunately, the cover of this book is damaged. Disappointing considering it was described as 'new.'
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on 16 December 2011
For foodies who must have the next "it" chef's cookbook, and for lovers of great Italian cuisine, Bocca will be essential reading and very well laid out recipes with stunning photographs.
Bocca di Lupo is an Italian trattoria with an international reputation. Tables are booked months in advance by diners from around the world who are seeking chef Jacob Kenedy's unique take on Italian cuisine.
In Bocca, Kenedy brings his own brand of Italian regional cooking out of the restaurant and into the home. Kenedy's cooking is simple and delicious, covering the full range of regional specialties: Tuscan porcini soup, Venetian tagliatelle with pigeon ragù, Lazian asparagus and prawn frittata, Sicilian fried mullet, and Neapolitan coffee with zabaione. Organized into food groups (pasta, soups, stews, roasts, etc.), with over 200 easy to follow recipes.
Great for the people who love healthy cooking.
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