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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802119476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802119476
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enticing.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Fans of Donna Leon's mysteries set in Venice and starring her cosmopolitan detective, Commissario Guido Brunetti, will be delighted to have this cookbook. … A great read and a superior Venetian-Italian cookbook.” —Mary-Liz Shaw, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[A] wonderful cookbook.” —Janet Rudolph, Dying for Chocolate




More About the Author

A New Yorker of Irish/Spanish descent, Donna Leon first went to Italy in 1965, returning regularly over the next decade or so while pursuing a career as an academic in the States and then later in Iran, China and finally Saudi Arabia. Leon has received both the CWA Macallon Silver Dagger for Fiction and the German Corrine Prize for her novels featuring Commisario Guido Brunetti. She lives in Venice.

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Recipes extremely well presented.
F. Oakley
My daughter bought me Donna Leon's book of essays and in return I bought her Brunetti's Cookbook.
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I highly recommend to anybody who likes and appreciates the Italian cuisine! .
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108 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Carlo Vennarucci on April 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Our long wait to actually experience the wonderful Venetian food portrayed in Donna Leon's Brunetti novels is over. This beautiful full-color cookbook has something for everyone.

By the numbers... The focal point of the cookbook are the ninety-one recipes by Donna's close friend, Roberta Pianaro. These delights cover six food categories, each with an enlightening introduction written by Ms Pianaro. For the avid reader, there are seven original food essays by Donna Leon and about thirty lengthy excerpts highlighting the Venetian food experience from fifteen of the Brunetti novels. The book is illustrated with over forty full color drawings by the famous German illustrator, Tatjana Hauptmann.

To truly experience this marvel, I must now get into the kitchen, try the recipes and share these Venetian morsels with my family and friends.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By F. Oakley on June 12, 2010
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This cookbook celebrates in the least self-conscious way everything that is the opposite of going to the drive-through and eating in your car.

Recipes extremely well presented. No wondering what the author means.

Stories diverting and delightful and will remind you why you want to cook in the first place --- nourishment, love, togetherness.

Bought a copy for myself. Sat down with it for ten minutes. Logged on to purchase copies for gifts. Lovely recipes. Simple, straightforward, genuine Venetian food, the kind my children and their spouses and children adore for our big Sunday night family meals. Not to mention the fussy grandfather at the head of the table who only wants to eat food he can easily understand.

Anyone can understand this food. Divine!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Garcia Morilla on May 20, 2010
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I love cooking and I love Brunetti. What else could I ask for? Both together in a beautifully presented book. Perfect gift for Brunetti lovers who like cooking. Thanks, Donna Leon (and R. Pianaro) for so many hours of enjoyment, even more now when you can follow passages from the different novels with the recipes involved. On top of that, they are so simple to prepare (most of them) and suitable to impress your guests. Excellent choice.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Isch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2012
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This book will make interesting reading for many Commissario Brunetti/Donna Leon fans. The "eating" excerpts from Brunetti books and little Leon essays make nice scene-setters and the illustrations are charming. But as a book to actually cook from? Not so hot. As a former newspaper cookbook reviewer, I long ago came to appreciate the value of professional cookbook writers and editors and (in the case of chefs' books) ghostwriters. While Ms. Leon's dear friend Roberta Pianaro is doubtless a superb Venetian cook, she clearly could have used some help from the cookbook-publishing pros in crafting a book useful to an international audience.

A few examples of things that could have done with some Americanization in its English language edition: Considering the variations in size of onions, "Half a white onion, chopped" could mean anything from a teaspoon to a cupful. And 10 tablespoons of olive oil is easier to measure if you know that amounts to 3/4 of a cup and "4 tablespoons of stick butter" is half a stick if you buy sticks or 1/4 cup if you don't. And while I'm pretty sure "minced pork" is the British term for what we call "ground pork," I'm not at all sure what "mild bacon" is or how to "wash and press" raisins. A check of Google tells me that potato flour's virtue is that it delivers results that are more moist than other flours, but that the name is often confused here in the U.S. with "potato starch," which is something else entirely. Also thanks to Google, I now know that the Kaiser pear used here is what I know as a Bosc pear. I'm also wondering if American editors might not have been able to rejigger recipes so that they'd call for ingredients in amounts compatible with the measuring devices we use here in the U.S.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By mostserene1 on May 28, 2010
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Given my screen name, there's no surprise that I love all things Venetian. I've been a fan of Donna Leon's Brunetti mysteries from the beginning. I've never read anything else, fact or fiction, that captures daily life in Venice so well. And one of the secrets to capturing the essence is through the food. So again, no surprise, I love Brunetti's Cookbook. Just paging through the book felt like a stroll through the city. I can't wait to try out some of the recipes. So if you, too, are enamored with Venice, are a fan of Donna Leon, or desire another fabulous cookbook, this book is for you. Mangia!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ed Harvey on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Each section of recipes includes an except from one of Leon's books featuring not only the food, but the entire philosophy of eating that is the foundation of Italian life: Mangia, mangia, ti fa bene (Eat, eat, it's good for you). It even has the recipe for Brunetti's mother's "Lasagna con cuori di carciofo e prosciutto" (Lasagna with artichoke hearts and Prosciutto). I liked this book truly ,and I must now get into the kitchen, try the recipes and share these Venetian morsels with my family and friends.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Jones on July 2, 2010
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I have been reading Donna Leon books and dreaming about eating as the Brunetti family does. Now I can. These recipes are clear, easy to follow and fairly simple to prepare. Cookbook was accurately described and arrived quickly and well packaged.
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