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Limoncello and Linen Water Hardcover – October 1, 2012

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About the Author

No one captures the spirit and soul of a place quite like Tessa Kiros. She was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four and at the age of 18 Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world's cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London's The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food she met her husband Giovanni, and they now live in Tuscany with their two children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174266878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742668789
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father, Tessa Kiros grew up learning about the world's diverse cultures and traditions. She has worked in restaurants in Sydney, Athens, and Mexico, and at London's famous Groucho Club. Tessa is the author of Venezia: Food and Dreams, Apples for Jam: A Colorful Cookbook and Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes, both from Andrews McMeel Publishing. She lives in Tuscany with her husband and two daughters.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Autamme_dot_com on December 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Message to publishers worldwide: There is no shortage of cookbooks about Italian cuisine. Please think before you publish yet another one... Fortunately Murdoch Books has thought long and hard about this and managed to find another `new way' with Limoncello and Linen Water.
Yet this rather stout, luxurious book comes from rather odd beginnings. The author, born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father can hardly draw on her Italian roots. The only real link to Italy for the author was being in the country to study the language and food where she met her husband... but this is no handicap and perhaps it is a positive thing as it lets her authentic love for Italian things shine through instead of being possibly skewed by tradition and national pride. So what do you get, other than a very heavy, richly-decorated book that bears all the hallmarks of an aspirational travel diary/photographic travel-style book? Well you get over 100 interesting recipes ranging from preserves, flavoured salts and liqueurs right up to substantial, tasty honest meals with an Italian inspiration that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen.
The book tends to grow on you. At first this reviewer was a little sceptical to the packaging of the book and its styling, based around the advice a mother would have given to her daughter but after going through the book any feelings of negativity were soon banished. The author (along with the hard-working team at her publishers) have managed to not `over egg the pudding' and kept the faux, twee feelings in check. Instead you get a believable, credible, stylised book chock-full of useful content, instead of an artificially-feeling book wrapped up in its own nonsense.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Whitney on May 5, 2013
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I already own "Falling Cloudberries", "Apples for Jam", and "Piri Piri Starfish".

This book is big, thick, and heavy, with a pink velvet ribbon and thick glossy pages. It feels luxurious to just flip through the pages! Just like Tessa's other cookbooks, it is filled with sumptuous photography, simple and easy-to-follow recipe directions, and warm, welcoming writing. Though I have not yet tried any recipes from this book (I will edit this review once I have...), I can say that from recipes I have tried in Tessa Kiros's other books, I'm sure there will be many delicious meals to come! I have many recipes bookmarked, and I cannot wait to give it a go!

What sets this cookbook apart from the others is the inclusion of household tips and "recipes". Like how to make linen waters, and how to organize bedlinens so you know which set is for which family member. There are also recipes for making flavored salts which are also included in recipes later in the book.
And recipes are arranged in such a way that leftover ingredients from one recipe can be used in the next, so there is no waste!

The layout of this cookbook is obviously very well-thought out. A lot of work and love went into making it, and it is worth every single penny! I look forward to owning more of Tessa Kiros's cookboooks.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jay on March 1, 2013
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This is the nicest book, yummy recipes and the prettiest pictures to go with it all. I own most of her books and this one is one of her best.
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