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POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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The book is divided into the following sections:
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)
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.Read more ›
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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The book arrived without a spine. Sent it back to Amazon and the new one arrived the same way. I guess this is the new way that publishers save 5 cents. Read morePublished 7 months ago by profile
Absolutely gorgeous cookbook with a sewn folio binding. A truly impressive gift whether to be used or just looked at. The recipes are great too.Published 10 months ago by S. L. Duncan
great cook/travel book... I'm visiting the restaurant(s) while in LondonPublished 12 months ago by barbara versino
The recipes are good--it does remind me of Venice. But the editor could have told the author: "you can either show off and give European measurements or you can make it kitchen... Read morePublished 12 months ago by david sorenson
Very pleased with this insiders view on Venice and it's cuisine. Really whet my appetite for my upcoming trip to Venice!Published 18 months ago by Leda N. Andrews