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Venezia: Food and Dreams Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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About the Author
No one captures the spirit and soul of a place quite like Tessa Kiros. She was born in London, to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was 4, and at the age of 18 Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world’s cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London’s The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens, and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food, she met her husband, Giovanni. They now live in Tuscany, with their two children.
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I have so far made three of the 105 recipes: spaghetti alla busara (spaghetti with scampi and tomatoes); risotto di zucca (risotto with winter squash and pancetta); and, twice, risotto con la verza (risotto with sausage and cabbage). Every dish was a huge success -- the directions are easy to follow and the dish looks exactly as described. I liked especially the simplicity of the dishes -- these are true Italian fare dependent on fresh ingredients. Also, the inclusion of an old-fashioned attached velvet ribbon to mark one's place was enchanting.
Sometimes books like this feature such obscure ingredients that they become more coffee table curiosities than actual usable cookbooks. Not this one: even though I live in the middle of the country, I have had not problem finding the needed ingredients. Since Venice is a coastal town, the majority of the recipes focus on seafood which might, for those who do not like seafood, make the book a bad fit. But other than this possible small issue, I highly recommend this book. I intend to buy several more copies for holidays gifts this year.
Although many reviewers of this book appear to argue that it is too beautiful to use, I have to disagree. Who says a cookbook cannot be beautiful? Plastic cookbook holders work wonderfully well to conserve a book like this and the recipes are simple, easy and very worthwhile.