Simple, Seductive Recipes for Lovers of Italian Food
Published 2017 • 7 ½” x 9 ¾” • 210 pages • full-color photos throughout
ISBN 9781566560276 • hardback • $30.00 •
“There are never enough cookbooks that capture the thrills of growing up with family and foods. Italian master-chef Contaldo ("Panetteria: Gennaro’s Italian Bakery," 2016), who famously taught Jamie Oliver to cook Italian, recounts his childhood in exquisite detail, matching his recollections (and some elegant sepia and black-and-white photographs) to the subject on point. In ‘Pesce’ (fish and shellfish), it’s the story of catching the biggest tuna ever: ‘The sea was part of me and I mastered the art of reading it.’ The chapter ‘Carne’ (meat) touches on his pet goat—and the sad ending at Easter time. Tales, in fact, infuse all of Contaldo’s over 100 recipes, whether in the upfront introduction or an occasional page or two aside. It is through this narrative and the dishes that his cooking style shines: fresh, laden with olive oil and herbs, simply prepared. It will be no surprise to experienced home chefs to encounter grilled polenta, steamed meatballs, fresh strawberries with strawberry sauce. Artfully arranged photographs and some well-worn and much-needed tips round out what will soon be an oft-referred-to classic.”
—Booklist (starred review)
A NEW BOOK FROM THE ITALIAN LEGEND WHO TAUGHT JAMIE OLIVER ALL HE KNOWS ABOUT ITALIAN COOKING
Born just feet away from the sea on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast, chef, food writer, TV personality, and restaurateur Gennaro Contaldo learned from his parents how to seek out wild food—free-diving for oysters, foraging for wild mushrooms, and missing school to go fishing. This adventurous spirit lived on throughout Gennaro’s career in food and was what went on to inspire Jamie Oliver to call Gennaro his “London dad.” It was summed up here in this first, glorious collection of his favorite Italian recipes.
This cookbook features photographs from Gennaro’s childhood, alongside stunning food and travel photography. Over 100 recipes, and delightful personal recollections, share the secrets of Gennaro’s love affair with Italian food and will inspire cooks of all abilities to taste the true flavors of the Italian coastline. Buon appetito!
Gennaro Contaldo is widely known as the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking, as well as a renowned personality in his own right. Born in Minori on the Amalfi Coast, Gennaro’s quintessentially Italian spirit and positive nature has made him a TV favorite. He regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen and more recently his own TV series, “Two Greedy Italians” on PBS. In 1999 he opened his own restaurant, Passione, in Charlotte Street, London, which was awarded Best Italian restaurant in 2005. Gennaro is currently involved in the Jamie Oliver restaurant chain, Jamie’s Italian, where he creates dishes and trains chefs nationwide and abroad. He is the author of many cookbooks, including the highly-acclaimed Panetteria: Genarro’s Italian Bakery. He also has his own YouTube food channel and is an ambassador for Citalia and Bertolli. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
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