Jamie's Italy Hardcover – Nov 14 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
that jamie visted and wrote about his experience he had met all my expectations
Most recent customer reviews
I use this book very often and the recipes are some of the best I have tried over the years.Published 3 months ago by Gilles Gervais
I really like the content of this book but have only done a couple recipes from it. Some are a bit too complicated for my liking and I think this book could use a new edition. Read morePublished on April 28 2014 by Doris Hidalgo