La Dolce Vita Cookbook First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1554680283
ISBN-10: 155468028X
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About the Author

DAVID ROCCO says, “I’m not a chef, I’m Italian!” His cooking learned at his mother’s side, David is the epitome of an Italian food lover: adventurous, opinionated and fantastic to be around at dinnertime. Dolce Vita is shown in over 150 countries around the globe and as of 2010 has been airing on the Cooking Channel to over 80 million homes in the U.S. Formerly a model, David Rocco spends his time developing new concepts for his company, Rockhead Entertainment, with his wife and business partner, Nina. They have two daughters and split their time between Toronto and Italy. Check out his website at www.davidrocco.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155468028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554680283
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Erin on January 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought David Rocco's "Dolce Vita" and I ended up smiling because it's obvious this man is as much in love with Italian cooking as he is with his beautiful wife and italy itself.

What a gorgeous, hedonistic cookbook that's in love with life itself. At times it is part-journal, part-memoir, part-cookbook. It's recipies are painted through-out, transfered overtop of the exqusite photographs that spill double, page for page. My brother is coveting my copy already, I think i'll have to hide it or buy him one before he steals mine. It's the kind of book you can't stop picking up and flipping thru. You can see, feel, taste, and know Italy and the author's Italian blood coursing thru his veins when you read it. It's not only a great italian cookbook but it's a happy book. It's a joy to discover it's more than a book. You experience Italy when you linger thru it, and it in-turn, makes you want to discover more of it's secrets by cooking the recipes and smiling -- just like David does.

His yummie meat sauce, a "Salsa Bolgonese" is divine:- it's the all-day-simmered beef/pork reduced meat sauce for his lasagna dish. The picture of the lasagna alone gives me a coronary every time I gaze in awe upon it. It's melting Italian perfection.

I love his variations on the basic stock recipies; the stories of his mom's cooking; the starters, main courses, soups, desserts, a few cocktails -- not to mention the Filetto Di Manzo Al Balsamico (beef tenderloin with carmalized onion and balsamic reduction so rich and simple it's worth the book alone.) I just love the pre-ambles he has for each chapter and the ones attached to each recipe. I love a dish to have a story or a purpose for being. All of David's do.

Anyone looking for athentic-in-philosophy-or-recipe Italian cooking will be continually pleased with this very humbly-charming and uplifting book. Welcome to Italy, David's style.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Renaissance Man on October 7, 2010
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David's Dolce Vita cookbook is phenomenal. The layout is spectacular, and the photography is vivido. Amazing recipes. Lots of love put into this cookbook, and David's voice is apparent throughout the book. The cookbook feels like a high school yearbook, you just want to show it to all your friends, and go through it continuously. The recipes are easy to follow, and are well described. It has the recipes from the show and much, much more. Not only can you use it as a cookbook, but it definitely could also be used as a coffee table book because it takes you through Italy. Great Buy. Buon appetito!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leisha M on June 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you love the TV series, this cookbook is a nice extension. Not all the same recipes that are on the show, there are so many more.

I love the photos; I look at the photos and feel that I am transported to Italy.

So many recipes have been marked and tried. It is all about "Quanto Basta"

I know it will be referenced many times to come.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on October 31, 2010
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i bought this cookbook after becoming hooked on the david rocco dolce vita cooking show, it is so addicting! the cookbook stands alone or as a supplement to the show. beautifully photographed and the recipes have been easy to reproduce. i enjoy the way david rocco writes his recipes and has sections describing his life in italy. has a bit of a memoir aspect to it. i highly recommend this book for both it's recipes and the gorgeous style it was written in. love it!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S.S.W. on January 4, 2012
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Some people call it a glamour book, flashy but lacking real recipes. I find it just stunning. I began watching David Rocco's Avventura years back when I was in high school. Over the years I've watched his shows and books progress, but he always stuck with his signature theme: food as a part of a lifestyle. It was never just about the recipes. Each of his dish has a story, a memory, which is what I love.

Some of his recipes in this book can be found in his last book also. But the overall flow was very good. Some recipes are complicated, but some are incredibly simple. A couple have already become regular dishes at dinner. It is definitely a worthwhile book to have and to keep.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2011
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I try to never miss David Rocco's TV show because he makes everything look so easy and simple. This cookbook has a lot of the recipes that were in the first couple of seasons. It's so much easier to see them written down instead of trying to recreate them from just watching the show. Also, David's notes about "La Dolce Vita" help me to live a sweeter life....even here in the US.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Zzzzzzzzzz on August 30, 2010
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Love to watch David Rocco on the cooking channel as do our friends. Bought the book for our friend's birthday and know it will be a wonderful gift. The reciepts are great, we have tried several of them. Beautiful pictures, tips on what you need to know about the reciepts, he writes about his family, etc. A wonderful book as well as a cookbook.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Biondi on June 8, 2011
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I have to say up front that I am a huge fan of the TV show - David Rocco's Dolce Vita, currently airing on the Cooking Channel. This companion book transports me to the Italian way of living, the "sweet life", like no other I've seen. The attitude, Quanto Basta, the freedom and artistry of the Tuscan region are vivid and enticing. I bought this book to get the recipes but I found so much more. Each page is a piece of art and David writes of the lifestyle with simplicity and clarity. It's become a kind of therapy for me. When I get overloaded with stupid stuff, I sit in my most comfortable chair, open the book and I'm in another world. A world of great food, great love and a happy life. The wine, the olive oil, the cheese. The cucina povera is delightful. I'm getting hungry just writing about it. This book is a great read and a beautiful inspiration to live the Italian way. I highly recommend it!
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