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'The most charming of the season's cookbooks... The recipes resemble a more homely version of the River Cafe's finest' -- Evening Standard 'This book oozes with the Italian chef's passion and knowledge for the country's festivals, celebrations and traditions - as well as a cracking set of recipes' -- Olive 'From Jamie Oliver's Italian mentor, a seasonal Italian cookbook that can't fail to inspire with plenty of authentic, regional recipes' -- Sainsbury's Magazine
About the Author
Gennaro Contaldo previous titles include Gennaro's Italian Home Cooking, and Passione. Known for his close association with fellow chef Jamie Oliver, he was the executive chef and co-owner of London's Passione restaurant and was involved with Jamie in setting up "Jamie's Italian," a collection of UK-wide restaurants.
`Gennaro's Italian Year' is the second book by Jamie Oliver's mentor, Gennaro Contaldo. The first volume, `Passione', would never have come about were it not for Contaldo's well-known connection to Oliver, but it succeeded on its own merits, giving us this second work due to the prompting of Contaldo's publisher.
The second best thing about this book is that it has all the virtues of the first, which I described in my Amazon review as follows:
"The stories of Gennaro's childhood, especially those directly related to hunting, fishing, and animal husbandry succeed in painting a picture of life along the Amalfi coast which succeeds much better than several culinary memoirs of Italy which I have recently read and reviewed. Mr. Contaldo is not a strong writer and I suspect he received a considerable amount of literary help in transcribing his oral memories of life in Southern Italy to paper. But, the stories are so vivid and so heart-felt that I can almost smell the blood and the sea and the mushrooms that are the subject of so many stories."
Contaldo's memoirs are interesting because of his sublimely rich recollections of an early life along the Amalfi coast that was simply far different than those of us who grew up in the mid-fifties American suburbs. His verbal memoirs are enhanced by the many black and white snaps of his early Italian family and his contemporary London family, with his two 3-year-old daughters and companion, Liz.
The best thing about the book is its seasonal orientation, giving recipes for autumn, Winter, Spring, and summer. Lots of books do recipes by the season.Read more ›
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