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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (Nov. 14 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401301959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401301958
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Oliver, television's Naked Chef, may have been born in Southend-on-Sea, but he turns out to have an Italian soul in this collection of recipes from all over the Boot. As an outsider, Oliver has great reverence for the traditions of Italy, and he offers some surprisingly deep insight about how a lack of choice and a massive working-class population have kept those traditions alive. This is no sugar-coated fairy tale, however: Oliver doesn't hesitate to get down-and-dirty, as in a description of Palermo street food served by hand from a "chain-smoking, dirty-looking bloke," and he cogently explains why he insisted on including a "graphic and gruesome" photo of a slaughtered sheep. Indeed, Oliver enthusiastically encourages British and American readers to familiarize themselves with foods less common in their home countries such as rabbit. Nonna Giusy's Fish with Couscous reflects the African influences of Sicily, and Altamura Pea Soup with fresh peas and broken spaghetti perfectly represents the Italian genius for making something out of almost-nothing. Desserts include a simple Pear Sorbet with grappa. Candid photos such as one of Oliver's mentor's father, a 96-year-old who cooks for himself every day reinforce the personal feel of this collection, and the impression that Oliver has a deep affinity for Italian food, no matter his British roots. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Jamie Oliver grew up in his parents' country pub, the Cricketers in Clavering, where he started cooking at the age of eight, before studying at London's Westminster Catering College. He then went on to work with some of the top chefs in England namely Antonio Carluccio at the Neal Street Restaurant and Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers at the River Café. The author of such popular titles as The Naked Chef, Jamie's Kitchen, Jamie's Italy, among others, he has written for the Saturday Times, served as Food Editor at GQ and Marie Claire magazines, and hosted the popular television show The Naked Chef. He is twenty-nine and lives in London with his wife Jools and their daughters, Poppy and Daisy.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bachef on Nov. 23 2007
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Having been to Italy many times I was really hoping for some special and authentic recipes in this book and it has delivered. It is a fun book to read as a novel as well. Although I normally just use recipes for inspiration this book has tons of great ideas that taste just as good as when in Italy. I have always liked and appreciated his writing style as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Despina Vegas on April 22 2008
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Have tried many of the recipies in this book and each one surpasses the other with tastes and aromas! I love cooking with Jamie and this is really a fantastic book to owe!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary on April 13 2013
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Once again, Jamie hits everything bang-on the nail in his culinary mastery of authentic Italian cuisine.

The book is fun, has many recipes that one may not typically see even in a lot of other authentic Italian cookbooks, which is ode to Jamie. The book is visual eye candy of his travels in Italy, and like most Jamie Oliver cook books, expressively documents his stories and experiences, the people he met, etc. Like any Jamie Oliver cook book, the balmy photographs transport you directly to the place, and in this case, the warm, Mediterranean, sun-drenched land and rich cuisine if Italy.

I recommend this to anyone who loves Italian cuisine,but especially to the avid Jamie Oliver collectors. Whether you own one or all of his books, this one is fundamental to own.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Juno on Nov. 30 2009
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Jamie Oliver's best book!!! This book is full of absolutely fabulous recipes, stories and photographs. This book is a work of art! You can't be disappointed.
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I had wished there was more pasta dishes but all in all this book is very good. Its a go to cookbook that I go to first if Im craving Italian. And I learned so much from this cook book on how there is not one way of Italian cooking. There are so many regions of Italy that has its own way of cooking. Still a little nervouse to make my own pasta...but it is on my bucket list!!!!
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By mlgreco on March 26 2013
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I love the book has alot of great recepies but i love the history that is behind each town
that jamie visted and wrote about his experience he had met all my expectations
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