Aldo Zilli is perfectly positioned to present Italian food to the British public. He is the founder and chef-patron of some of the most exciting Italian restaurants in London. His warm, vivacious personality comes across effortlessly in his many radio and television appearances, on ITV, BBC, the UK Food Channel and Five.
Italian cusine is brimming over with sun-kissed vegetables that are so full of flavour and versatility they make a meal on their own. In Fresh & Green Aldo Zilli creates delicious, meat-free Mediterranean dishes to eat all year long. Eating vegetarian food has become increasingly popular with people cutting down or cutting out meat for health, ethical and environmental reasons. This book will show you what to do when you have a vegetarian coming to dinner, how to do a meat-free dinner party or celebration meal, or what happens to the family meal planning when one teenager decides to go veggie. The core of the recipes are inspired by the famously healthy Italian diet with its emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruit but Aldo has added his unique slant by adapting dishes he has discovered in Asia and South America like toasted tofu, smoky black beans, roasted aubergines and grilled haloumi. This book will look so yummy, non-veggies will love it too.
With endless enthusiasm, charm and good humour, Zilli transformed the way London restaurants were run - and he soon had every major celebrity flocking to his doors. It hasn't always been easy for him. Along the way Zilli has had to survive prison, divorce, health scares and financial collapse. But now he's a happily married, hands-on father determined to work hard and carry on living life to the full. As irrepressible and mischievous as ever, Aldo Zilli has a heart-warming, hilarious story to share.
How does a boy from a poor farmhouse in the Italian mountains end up running one of London's most popular restaurants?How does he get to count among his friends and customers Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Prince Edward, Denise Van Outen, Cat Deeley and Holly Valance?How does he learn to cook in a kitchen with no electricity or running water - and end up serving royalty and all of the biggest names in Hollywood?Aldo Zilli's extraordinary journey is an inspiration to anyone who wants to change their life and follow their dreams.Leaving home at just 15, Aldo dealt with predatory hotel bosses and repeated beatings from violent chefs across Europe. He survived homelessness and hunger - and by the time he was 26 he had overcome the Soho mafia and was running his own Italian restaurant in England.With endless enthusiasm, charm and good humour, Aldo transformed the way London restaurants were run - and soon had every major celebrity flocking to his doors. But away from the glamour and the high life Aldo has also faced terrible private tragedies. He has survived prison, divorce, health scares and financial collapse. Today, newly slim after Celebrity Fit Club and fronting a new series of cookery shows, Aldo is a happily married, hands-on father determined to work hard and carry on living life to the full. He is also as irrepressible and mischievous as ever. This is his hilarious, heart-warming story.
Aldo Zilli is a rising celebrity chef and in this recipe book he shows how to make a variety of dishes for both formal and informal occasions when entertaining friends.'