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La Dolce Vita Cookbook Hardcover – Oct 27 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (Oct. 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155468028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554680283
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By Margaret Cowan on Nov. 27 2008
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 By Rosalind Raleigh on 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By OG on 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 By Nathalie B on 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 By S.S.W. on Aug. 2 2011
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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