- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Appetite by Random House (March 20 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0147530903
- ISBN-13: 978-0147530905
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 26.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home Hardcover – Mar 20 2018
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“A love letter to a beautiful Italian city. The photographs are stunning and the recipes are seaworthy.”
--Joy the Baker
“What she’s offering isn’t just instructions for what to cook, it’s how to have a more sustaining, vibrant, delicious existence.”
“To eat well in Venice, you need to be invited to someone’s home, which is what McAlpine does in this book.”
“Readers will get an authentic taste of Venice with McAlpine's vignettes evoking joyous holidays, local cafes, and the simple pleasure of a stuffed sardine in the summer.”
About the Author
SKYE MCALPINE is the creator of From My Dining Table, a blog where she writes about living and cooking in Venice. She and her blog have been featured in Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveller, the Guardian, The Huffington Post, Vogue Living, Food 52, The Kitchn, and Cup of Jo. She lives in Venice with her husband and their son.
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It was on a sunny Friday spring afternoon that I decided to give her recipe for Zucchini Pizzettes a try. She explains that these mini pizzas made on buttery puff pastry are a "thing" in Venice. They were delicious and an unexpected take on the traditionally doughy version. These pizette also seemed like the perfect thing to serve on this quite "Pizza Friday" at home. The puff pastry, a star in this recipe, takes a recurring role in several other recipes throughout the book. The Peach and Saffron Pastries that I made and the Poppyseed Puffs were absolutely delicious and are recipes I'll make again. With the use of package prepared puff pastry these recipes are quick to make/bake and yield professional-looking dishes. Speaking of which, the Poppyseed Puffs were exactly as advertised: uno tira l'altro/one calls for another! Once I set them on the table they were gone in no time and I think I'll take her advice and add some olives and cheese the next time to really make it a perfect Happy Hour snack!
A Table in Venice is divided into 6 chapters -- Il Cafe/Sweet Breakfast Recipes, Il Mercato/Vegetable Recipes from the Rialto Market, A Tavola/ Classic Lunch Recipes, Lo Spritz/ Recipes for a Venetian Aperitivo, La Laguna/ Fish and Game From the Venetian Lagoon, and La Pasticceria/Desserts and Sweet Treats. McAlpine also helpfully elaborates on essential ingredients in her pantry section. I found the ingredients easy to source at my local grocery store and I'm finding that the recipes in this book also lend themselves well to farmer's market shopping. While enjoying many of her vegetarian appropriate recipes (as my family and I are vegetarians), I think the book offers many recipes that support an omnivorous diet -- I know both my mom and sister would adore this book!
One of the most memorable recipes that I made from the book is her Chocolate Birthday Cake -- a flourless paragon of a chocolate cake this recipe is one that her mother has made for all of her birthdays and one that McAlpine, herself, makes for her son's and husband's birthdays. So imagine my husband's delight to receive this cake in celebration of his birthday a few weeks ago (he's one of those "if it's not chocolate it's not dessert"-types). This two-layer fudge-y chocolate cake covered in a rich Mascarpone Icing is one that's going to become the cake that everyone requests -- however with 600 g of both chocolate and butter as well as a dozen eggs this is one treat that will be saved for those special occasions (it is here where I emphasize how incredibly rich, sweet, and magical this cake really is).
All of the recipes I've tried so far have been really delicious and very easy to make. Even with my first attempt at making risotto (a dish I had never attempted before because I thought it might be too difficult to make or easy to ruin) I was extremely pleased with the results. The book is full of a combination of easy weeknight cooking and recipes to save for enjoying on the weekend when you have more time to spend on a recipe (think -- handmade pasta and gnocchi). I also really enjoyed making her gnocchi and found that her method of using baked potato instead of using boiled lead to a much more light and airy gnocchi.
A Table in Venice offers a delicious look at this iconic floating city through some enticing, easy to make recipes.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Appetite by Random House / Penguin Random House for providing me with a free, review copy of this book. I did not receive monetary compensation for my post, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.