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La Dolce Vita Cookbook [Hardcover]

David Rocco

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Oct. 27 2008 155468028X 978-1554680283 First Edition

“I’m not a chef; I’m Italian!”

After three seasons of the popular television series David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, its eponymous host David Rocco has become one of Canada’s most popular celebrity cooks. His show is aired on Food Network Canada, in Italian on TLN and in French in Quebec via TVA . He was chosen as one of Flare magazine’s 20 most stylish Canadians. David’s popularity goes well beyond Canada. His show airs in 100 countries around the world. As a proud Italian-Canadian, David says his love for food, cooking, and preparing meals for friends and family is part of his DNA .
    Eagerly anticipated, this book is full of everything that makes the TV show such a favourite: beautiful food photography and locales, and, of course, David’s sense of la dolce vita, the sweet life. His cookbook is all about taking a relaxed, enjoyable approach to the everyday, and the foundation of this lifestyle is simple, elegant food. David’s easygoing style embraces straightforward ingredients and techniques to create wonderful dishes anyone can enjoy without stress. He emphasizes the philosophy of quanto basta, or “just enough,” and encourages readers to suit their own tastes.
    Try some of David’s wonderful sfizzi, simple but sophisticated snacks: Fiori de zucca (zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella and anchovies) or Frico (parmigiano chips). Delight in Spaghetti con pomodorini e pecorino (spaghetti with cherry tomato sauce and pecorino cheese), delicious Beef carpaccio (easier than you think!), or melt-in-your-mouth Gnudi (“naked” ravioli). For something truly sweet, why not try his simple spin on the classic Italian dessert, Tiramisù al limone? From antipasti to mains to desserts to brilliant and delicious uses for leftovers, David Rocco shows you how to bring la dolce vita into your life.

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About the Author

DAVID ROCCO says, “I’m not a chef, I’m Italian!” His cooking learned at his mother’s side, David is the epitome of an Italian food lover: adventurous, opinionated and fantastic to be around at dinnertime. Dolce Vita is shown in over 150 countries around the globe and as of 2010 has been airing on the Cooking Channel to over 80 million homes in the U.S. Formerly a model, David Rocco spends his time developing new concepts for his company, Rockhead Entertainment, with his wife and business partner, Nina. They have two daughters and split their time between Toronto and Italy. Check out his website at www.davidrocco.com.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
David's whole book carries me back to Italy with page after page of sensual photographs: joyful families and friends eating al fresco, caramelized fennel shot so close I can taste it, or a glimpse of Italian life like "Il Mercato--the Market".

Its pages burst with lush Mediterranean colours and textures. Many recipes are set on photographs of ancient walls of gold, powder blue, pink with paint peeling in layers. The Spaghetti Alla Caprese with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella on a pale blue plate on gray marble becomes a work of art.

The introduction is a must read to fully understand David's philosophy of life, ways of cooking, where recipes came from. It steeps you in his philosophy of life and cooking: Quanto Basta, La Dolce Vita, Simplicity, Sensuality, Alchemy, Balance and Connection.

"Quanto basta", an Italian recipe term, means as much as you like. David says, "It's a bit of folk wisdom that can guide you in life...take as much as you need and no more. Moderation and balance." He defines Dolce Vita as "being present in moments that bring you joy."

He gives tips on olive oil, herbs, stocks, following your instincts. I smiled when he explains why he has no food processor. He uses his hands...just like me!

David says, "I'm not a chef. I'm Italian." You don't need to be a chef to cook these 100 easy recipes from his family, friends and his repertoire: appetizers, salads, soups, sauces, pasta/risotto, meat/fish, desserts and drinks.

Each recipe, like Aunt Franca's roasted peppers or lemon tiramisu, has a mouthwatering photograph with David's chatty comments.

In the end, I felt marinated in his Dolce Vita philosophy, the friendship, flavours and sensuality of Italian life. I felt an Italian Canadian friend had invited me,"Come to my family in Toronto and friends in Italy. We'll show you our way of living and cooking."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Italian" cookbook I've been looking for... Oct. 8 2010
I recently discovered David Rocco on the Cooking Channel. In addition to the recipes, I love his show because we get to experience everyday life in Italy...so delightful! After several trips to Italy, if I had the option, this is where I would live. Watching him reminds me of watching my grandmothers cook...the everyday, yummy meals they created. (I enjoy all cuisines but truely believe, Italian is the most tasty) At the time, I wasn't interested in the recipes or learning how to cook. If David had a cookbook, I wanted it. This is the cookbook my grandmothers would have written. I now have their recipes & learn the basics to produce quick, everyday, great Italian dishes. If you are a fan of Ina Garten & her approach to French cooking, you will love this book. It is also a beautifully produced, high quality book...well worth the price. Coming from Canada, I was shocked to receive it within four days from ordering. I could not be more delighted with my purchase.....unless I could be miraculously be transported to Italy....
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a book - it's an experience Nov. 13 2008
This is a beautiful book that you'll want to refer to often not just for the recipes, but also for the inspiration. David has done a great job presenting a style of living that is truly the best life lived with simplicity and joy. He lays out how easy it is to live the Italian way by sharing his own personal stories of growing up in an Italian family, when Sunday mornings he would wake up to the aroma of espresso coffee and tomatoe sauce simmering slowly for the special Family gatherings of uncles, aunts, cousins etc. The Dolce Vita is something that is accessable to anyone, and David will show you how you can live the "Sweet Life" too. It's all about a relaxed attitude toward making the best out of what you have and taking the time to select the best ingredients, cooking with love, and sharing food with those you care about whether it's family or friends, bringing you fun, joy and laughter.
The recipes are great and because David is Italian and lives in Italy half of the year, you know that these recipes are authentic. The recipes are easy to follow with tips and additional information, everything is covered from herbs to kitchen equipment. There are beautiful pictures that show you how the dish should look like. You will also see additonal pictures of Italy and it's people which give you the feeling that you are actually there and perhaps even wanting to go there. I highly recommend this book and especially to anyone who is Italian not living in Italy but remembers what it was like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cookbook i've had! Feb. 24 2010
The best cookbook i've had. there are different kind of recipes than other books, great pictures of meals, and of many places in Italy. Love Dolce vita, David's way to appreciate life ( to refer to his mother or grand-mother's way of cooking) and how he simply prepare great healthy meals. If you love Italy or italian food, you must have this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple recipes with a twist Aug. 2 2011
By S.S.W.
Love this book. The beets risotto and drunken spaghetti are my favourite recipes ever and never fail to disappoint my guests. His pasta dishes are truly wonderful and absolutely easy to make. I am a visual person so this book is perfect for me in choosing what to make for special occasions or just everyday dinner. (I've noticed that Giada de Laurentiis, who's pumping out books like there is no tomorrow, have also adopted a visual method. Her earlier books have alot of texts and not every dish had a picture to go with it, but her later books are all about the visual, which helps amateur cooks like me tremendously.)

Can't wait for the next one coming out in October.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything in this book is delicious.
I loved every recipe! The pasta dishes were simple and delicious. I loved the soups. Didn't require a lot of ingredients.
Published 9 months ago by RZapanta
5.0 out of 5 stars David Rocco
Love this book. It is rustic Italian cooking at it's best. Not only does it have good recipes but the pictures are also fabulous. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Maddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Peasant cooking at it's finest
I love recipe books with photos, and this is great. I love that nothing gets wasted (using stale bread, rinds of cheese, etc.)
Published 20 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolce Vita cookbook
I purchased this cookbook online and watch to show daily. I love the show it is so refreshing to watch a cooking show that is not in always in a kitchen and learn about the foods,... Read more
Published on July 6 2011 by S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for sure if you have a family!
I saw the cooking show on demand course charter now took it off - only paid to see, but you can get the recipes form his website. Read more
Published on June 24 2011 by Teresa A. Vigil
4.0 out of 5 stars The sweet life!
A very visual book with nice simple and tasty recipes. David and his wife Nina are not to hard to look at either. Lane Mallette
Published on May 26 2011 by Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Rocco's cookbook
My daughter requested this cookbook for her birthday. She was absolutely delighted and I was very pleased with the quick shipment of the book. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2011 by vickys
5.0 out of 5 stars Un grande successo!!
A big hit!! Love, love, love this book. Thanks David for reminding me how simple La Dolce Vita can be. Molte Grazie...
Published on Nov. 10 2010 by Tete
5.0 out of 5 stars Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Simply put, SIMPLE. Great recipes made super easy. If you are looking for a book that with few ingredients, without complex steps and special kitchenware ... look no further. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2010 by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Italian Cook Books I own
David Rocco's La Dolce Vita Cookbook is like a great book a reader cannot put down and never wants to end.I am half way through and I love eveything about it.
Published on Aug. 22 2010 by Lovin Rocco in NYC
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