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Venezia: Food and Dreams Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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Kiros divides the book into sections that mirror an Italian menu: Antipasti, Zuppa/Pasta/Gnocchi, Risotto, Secondi, Contorni, and Dolci -- with additional sections on Essential Recipes and Cicchetti, small bites unique to Venice. As she unfolds the sections she weaves in her thoughts and comments about Venice, about a dish, a little history, or a moment in time. In one she describes trying to stand up in a gondola like the Venetians do; feet apart to steady yourself so you won't fall down. She mentions that a sure sign of a tourist is one who sits versus stands. Standing up allows more people to ride. I loved reading this. I laughed when I saw in the front of the book in the Essential Recipes section that the first entry is Polenta with recipes for both 'fast' (using instant) and 'slow' preparations. I like that it's the first thing you see and that she offers both ways of cooking the dish. It's a nice starting point.Read more ›
As for its second purpose as an Venetian cookbook, I have not had the pleasure of traveling to Venice and have to accept the authenticity of the recipes presented, but a disappointing percentage of the included dishes either use ingredients that may be difficult to find in typical American markets (fresh anchovies, guinea fowl) and/or may not appeal to American tastes (squid stewed with ink, eel fillets, beef tongue). Now I don't mean to blame the author for the lack of variety in American supermarkets or the lack of curiosity of the typical American palate, but perhaps the author should have included reasonable substitutes for some of these ingredients. And when I have to search the internet to determine exactly what the author means by "peperoncino" (and I'm still not exactly sure what it is) then perhaps a better index or a glossary is in order.
But as I continue to peruse this book I do appreciate how the prominence of seafood makes this a good complement to the typical "Italian" dishes thought of by most people. In all Food and Dreams is not the best guidebook for Italian cooking, but does present an interesting regional variation, and if you desire, serve as a colorful book for one's table as well.
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Author Tessa Kiros is a very creative writer and this book is put together in a way that I especially appreciate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alana Campbell
If you are missing Venezia, even if you don't love to cook it's food (though I sure do), get this just to look at the pictures to feel heartsick for the place... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bryna Siegel, Ph.D.
This is a stunning book with wonderful photographs and Venetian recipes-a lovely combination! For lovers of Venice and the delightful dishes from that region, you will be... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Grace Camille Lyons
wonderful book filled with authentic receipts from Italy. Me and the wife absolutely love cooking from this book, highly recommend it if you look Italian food (p.s. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Jason G. Creative Studios
easy to prepare and understand, her recipes share he soul of Italian Cooking.
Molto Bene Tessa Kiros. You understand the everyday fare if Italy.
Great Italian recipes beautifully bound in the most remarkable photographs of the real Venice I have come to know and love!Published on May 3, 2013 by memarkley
This book has the varity of recipies that you'll enjoy trying not only on yourself but your friends and yes even your relatives, nice to even go through once in a while.Published on February 4, 2013 by Dave G