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Illustrated Italian Cookbook: Get Out of My Kitchen! Paperback – July 14, 2012
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MALVINA BERTONATI is a self-taught Chef who has been running her restaurant, “Da Malvina” for 40 years, which makes it the oldest restaurant in Bonassola, a village situated right next to the famous Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy. Bonassola is a beautiful little pearl of the Liguria region visited by guests who value their privacy. In 1988 Malvina received a national award for her tasty, healthy and traditional cuisine. She was complimented on her use of fresh, natural, biological and seasonal ingredients. In 1999 she was knighted for her services to the industry. Malvina is a rather reserved person, her restaurant and her cuisine are her life purpose. In the past her main goal was to raise her three children and take care of her mother. Now Malvina can dedicate all her time towards her passion together with her eldest daughter Barbara who is responsible for customer service. Malvina spends in her kitchen between 8 and 16 hours a day where apart from cooking for her clients she produces jams, marinated vegetables and liquors with fruit and herbs she cultivates in her garden and then uses as desserts, digestives and also to make appetizers. When Malvina is done in the kitchen, she takes off her apron, puts on her pearl neckless and greets her guests. Her relationship with her clients has always been extraordinary. The majority of her most loyal customers have become her dearest friends. ALINKA RUTKOWSKA is a writer and entrepreneur who discovered Bonassola during her trip around the world and fell in love with Malvina’s cuisine. It wasn’t easy to get into Malvina’s kitchen. At first when Alinka was curious to see how the extraordinary Chef would prepare her delicacies, she would be kicked out of the kitchen with a “Fuori dalla mia cucina!” meaning “Get out of my kitchen!” Alinka however decided that she could not leave Bonassola without being able to replicate Malvina’s amazing creations and with pen, paper and camera she documented everything. Alinka writes positive attitude / travel / coloring books for children known as the “Maya & Filippo Series”. She is the best-selling author of the first subliminal self-growth book “Read Me - I Am Magical” and runs several websites and blogs. For more information go to www.mayafilippo.com or www.babyweb.co where you can get Alinka’s books, follow her blogs and check out her exotic travels as well as new business ventures.
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The book is well illustrated with hands-on photos and good instructions. Although I have not had the book but a few days, I have tried a few recipes...how could I not after seeing the end result. The results are exactly as described in this informative instruction manual.
As a cookbook author myself, I cannot resist but critique others, as I am sure they do mine. This book gets an A+ in all categories! Graded in cooking levels from Easy to Difficult, there are recipes for just about everyone. The recipes are new, unique and have interesting ingredients. Not unusual ingredients, just different from what you would usually think to use. Ever hear of putting a potato in a cheesecake? Me neither, so I tried it. My tastebuds never got the ‘potato’ taste, but a wonderful texture instead.
I highly recommend this new cookbook to all of you who like to experience new flavors in your cuisine.