La Dolce Vita Cookbook Hardcover – Oct 27 2008
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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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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."
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.
Can't wait for the next one coming out in October.
Most recent customer reviews
Love this cook book! I love the way David shares his recipes and all the photos of his family and friends. This book is excellent and makes a great gift!!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved every recipe! The pasta dishes were simple and delicious. I loved the soups. Didn't require a lot of ingredients.Published on Dec 9 2013 by Recluse
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 morePublished on March 5 2013 by Maddy
I love recipe books with photos, and this is great. I love that nothing gets wasted (using stale bread, rinds of cheese, etc.)Published on Jan. 4 2013 by Carol
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 morePublished on July 6 2011 by S. Smith
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 morePublished on June 24 2011 by Teresa A. Vigil
A very visual book with nice simple and tasty recipes. David and his wife Nina are not to hard to look at either. Lane MallettePublished on May 26 2011 by Lane
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 morePublished on Feb. 9 2011 by vickys
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