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“Andrew Carmellini’s Urban Italian is that rare breed of cookbook: written by a skilled, top-tier professional, yet at all times accessible, unintimidating, and inspiring to the home cook. In short, it’s everything a cookbook should be. The conversational style provides both a thrilling introduction and the feeling, while cooking, that the chef is standing next to in the kitchen, forgiving your mistakes, urging you along, painlessly expanding your reservoir of knowledge. In a world awash with Italian cookbooks, this one's a must-have.”—Anthony Bourdain
“Andrew Carmellini is an enormously talented chef who brings a distinctive style and voice to his restaurant. Urban Italian captures that style and voice for the home cook with intriguing recipes—and also with great stories about the cook’s life, written with a candor and bravado not typically found in chefs’ cookbooks. A terrific book.”—Michael Ruhlman
"Andrew’s passion for Italy is contagious. Urban Italian is entertaining, informative, and witty." —Eric Ripert
“This would be a great book if it did nothing more than faithfully capture between covers the great food served at A Voce. But, marvel of marvels, the modest-but-confident chef I've admired for so long for his cooking can also write his ass off. Urban Italian is every bit as intimate, profane, soulful, and amusing as Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. To paraphrase Andrew himself on the subject of cooking, this book engages your senses, takes your mind off your day-to-day problems, and makes both the reader and (I'm pretty sure) the writer happy.” —Sara Moulton
“Like many Italian American chefs, myself included, Andrew had to go through France to get to Italy. Urban Italian takes the reader on that journey. Fabulous recipes, of course, but just as important are the stories that informed the heart and soul of this great chef.” —Tom Colicchio
Many other great looking recipes as well with nice photos.
This book would be a nice addition for anyone who has a passion for cooking and finding others who do or someone who enjoys Italian food with some updated twists.
For amateur cooks, the recipes are relatively simple, but a few do require specialized tools like a pastry bag that may not be found in all kitchens.
Delicious twist on cooking Italian - sophisticated and rustic at the same time. The roasted potatoes are one of the best dishes I've ever made.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Purchased this book to learn to make gnocchi like he does. Many other great looking recipes as well with nice photos.Published 28 days ago by smt
The name Urban Italian says it all: Carmellini takes simple peasant fare and dresses it up for the urban scene. Read morePublished 4 months ago by NewEnglandScene
I enjoyed the stories of the tribulations of a young chef. The recipes look delicious but rather complicated for the home chef but Chef Carmellini does give examples of how to do... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Harriett J Calcagno
I have a lot of cookbooks.. some are good some are ok, some are hard to follow, some require a lot of thought to figure out what the author is getting at and how I want to decide... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ian Brown Gelb
Since buying this book I have figured out that I'm spoiled by Lidia Bastianich's Italian cook books. This book pales in comparison. Read morePublished 18 months ago by I Do The Speed Limit
Fantastic stories AND recipes. Entertaining as well as useful. You get a true sense of Carmellini's persona and expertise. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nicole P Simithraaratchy
I love food. I eat lots and I cook as often as I can. This cookbook is by far, the best cookbook that I have ever seen. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by Val Haskell
I'm a fan of Carmellini's restaurants in New York and I'm a fan of his cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow and they're all delicious.Published on October 11, 2010 by Tyler Wilkins