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The copy of this delightful book I bought for a friends wedding anniversary arrived today, and i immediateately fell in love with both the book and the glorious recipes contained within ~ both simple & exciting, & all which make the most of the freshish of ingrediants, or the beautifully preserved tomatoes & mushrooms, or the grated truffles evocative of this simple cuisine.(Needless to say I have already ordered my own copy!)
As a vegetarian I was delighted to find that this BEAUTIFUL book, which is both visually beautiful & held together by the warmth of Gennaro's intimate personal anecdotes, is also CRAMMED full of vegetable dishes ~ 'orange & fennel salad', 'baked aubergine rolls filled with mozzerella', 'stuffed courgette parcels', 'sun-dried tomato gnocchi with black olive sauce', & 'risotto with fresh peas, broad beans and courgettes' to name but a few ~ the remaining inticing meat dishes i can't wait to make for family & friends, & may well be tempted myself.. 'anti-pesto of fresh peaches & parma ham', 'steamed meatballs', 'duck breasts in limoncello'!! 'chicken breasts with lemon & thyme', 'roast goose with apples and chestnuts in red wine', 'rabbit with garlic & rosemary served with brushetta', & 'breast of guinea fowl stuffed with herbs and served with a balsamic sauce' for example. There are also many ideas for 'pesce'(that's fish to you & me)',such as 'king prawns and crab with garlic & chilli', 'halibut with caper & dill sauce','rolled swordfish with fennel','sea bream fillets in a honey & white wine vinegar sauce', pasta dishes, soups, & basics, such as 'basic polenta with cheese' 'pasta fresca (basic pasta dough)', bread sticks (!), & 'focaccia with garlic & rosemary', basic sauce recipes & such beautiful delights as 'spicy almond biscuits', 'pear cake' & 'strawberry & limoncello ice cream'! But it was the sight of a recipe for 'pumpkin gnocchi with butter & sage', which really did it for me! I've been lucky enough to have had a traditional-style 'trattoria' run by a local Italian family to eat regularly at!! and from my experiences there, it was not difficult for the tastes & flavours of these dishes to come to life for me! And come to life these recipes really do, from the wonderfull personal anecdotes of Gennaro's childhood on the Amalfi Coast.