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POLPO does what a great cookbook should do: it makes you urgently want to cook and breaks new territory --This text refers to the Digital edition.

About the Author

Russell Norman spent a decade running several venerated London restaurants before setting up his own place in the scruffy Soho district, serving authentic Venetian cuisine. Polpowas an instant hit and has been followed in quick succession by Polpetto, da Polpo and Spuntino. Russell Norman lives in London.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608199096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608199099
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Manygoats on November 8, 2012
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Polpo is an amazingly beautiful book from Russell Norman's restaurant Polpo. Starting with the unusual binding, and the gorgeous botanical type drawing on the covers. Inside the covers, a beautiful sepia map drawing of Venice. The binding allows the book to lay open very flat, but it also has an old-world look and feel to it, which is carried through to the paper. Polpo is heavily illustrated with photos of the food and the area, as well as 140 relatively simple recipes that look divine.

The book is divided into the following sections:

Introduction
Cicheti (Small Snacks, such as Smoked Salmon, Horseradish and Dill Crostini)
Breads (Stracchino, Potato, and Rosemary Pizzetta; Stracchino, Fennel Salami, and Fig Bruschette)
Fish (Soft-Shell Crab in Parmesan Batter and Fennel Salad)
Meat (Rabbit, Sage, and Apricot Terrine)
Vegetables (Panzanella; Grilled Zucchini Salad)
Desserts (Chocolate Salami)
Drinks (Negroni)
Gazetteer (a short guide to some of Venice's wine bars and restaurants).

The recipes look like they will be surprisingly easy to make. I plan to make Rocket and Walnut Pesto Crostini, Spinach, Soft Egg and Parmesan Pizzetta, Burrata with Lentils and Basil Oil, Garlic and Chilli Prawns, Warm Autumn Fruits with Amaretto Cream, Cavolo Nero, Gnocchi and Pecorino Romano, and Tiramisu Pots, to name a few. The recipes all look pretty delightful, it is difficult to decide just what you will make first.

So now for the bad news. First of all, the ingredients/ instructions are given in a mixture of metric and English. eg. 120g cooked cotechino, 1 X 400g tin of chickpeas, 160 degree C/ Gas 3 setting for the oven, 50 ml vodka, 85g caster sugar, 4 tablespoons of olive oil.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Adrian on January 31, 2014
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I've had this book on my wishlist for a while and am so beyond glad that I finally purchased it! It is absolutely gorgeous!
I actually purchased a copy to give to my mother during the holidays it was so beautifully done.
This is a work of art from beginning to end. The binding is sewn opens to lay flat which is just gorgeous in person and really makes this volume stand out amongst my other cookbooks!
And as if that unique and beautiful detail wasn't enough, there are full color images of the dishes, and they are gorgeous! Absolutely swoon worthy. The recipes themselves are mouthwatering and not too complicated, surprisingly! I think most can be easily followed by any intermediate home chef. The ingredients are accessible for the most part and not so outlandish and bougie that you'd have to make a trek to a specialty shop for them, but the combinations are ingenious.
This book had everyone drooling over the holidays and is a new favorite among everyone I know!

Perfect for any fan of italian cooking, as well as bibliophiles who can appreciate a well thought out, visually beautiful book.
I can easily see this becoming not only a regular go-to, but also a family heirloom. Which is definitely something you don't find everyday among the masses of cookbooks published every day!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donna DeLorenzo on January 3, 2013
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GREAT book! If you love food, Venice and stories this is a book for you. The recipes are doable, intriguing and delicious. But more importantly, it's a beautiful book to cuddly up with and savor.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Emily from Minneapolis on July 31, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my father and boy has it paid off. We have family dinners every week and lately we've been treated to some really tasty dishes from this wonderful book. The pictures are beautiful, the content is great, but the food is just SO good. If you are a foodie and/or love to cook creatively, if you love Italy, if you like to experiment--buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gonzalo Marambio Araya on November 28, 2013
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Beautiful book. I've just fell in love with the cover, materials and that naked spine!!!! Very very classy.
When you open it, quotes a sing on the door of a venetian Osteria: "No Pizza. No Lasagne. No Directions."... That tells you that what you have in your hands is a different italian cookbook. Great cichèti (venetian snacks), fish, bread, meats, etc recipes, pictures and histories behind signature dishes. Immediately brings me back to Venice!
I'm a professional cook as well a book collector and definitely this is one of my favs.
Two thumbs up to Russell Norman, Jenny Zarins and Bloomsbury Publishing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunshy on September 6, 2013
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Having just returned from Venice this book was an invitation to re-visit from home. It sits on my coffee table and I find myself flipping through daily......enjoying the photos and oodling over which recipe to make. Even the binding and cover of the book are special----with the inner workings of the binding being exposed revealing a very pleasing visual and tactile experience. The book feels like a treasure from the past......but reading it--- it is very current in its interpretation and combination of flavors. Simply wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek on March 2, 2014
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This is a most attractive cookbook, a little work of art that one probably will not want soiled from actual in-kitchen use. There are some excellent Italian recipes here, and one is motivated by the wonderful photographs to try to match the results -- at least visually -- presented within these pages. From a string of different pizzettas to asparagus risotto with prosciutto to eggplant parmesan wraps, this is chock full of great recipes to try. Recommended.
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