Gennaro Contaldo was born in Minori on the Amalfi coast. He came to Britian in the late 60s and worked in several restaurants around the country and London. He then moved to London, where he worked as a chef in a number of restaurants before opening the award-winning Passione. He came to public attention as the chef who inspired Jamie Oliver when they worked together at Antonio Carluccio's restaurant. In spring 2011 he presented Two Greedy Italians on BBC2, and a second series will be aired in spring 2012. Gennaro lives in north-east London with his partner Liz and their nine-year-old twin girls Olivia and Chloe.
“Lemons are precious to me; a symbol of my beloved homeland, they stir up fond memories of my childhood as well as having a wealth of uses. They cleanse, refresh, preserve and are an absolute essential in the home.” So explains celebrated, amiable Gennaro Contaldo in his introduction, setting the vibrant, sunshine-infused tone that streams through this splendid book. After sharing the specific delights of the Amalfi lemon he grew up with, locally known as the Sfusato Amalfitano (“it’s like no other: a huge, elongated-in-shape, knobbly, thick-skinned citrus fruit, but oh-so wonderfully sweet and aromatic”), Contaldo takes us through dozens of inspiring recipes, all accompanied by stunning photography. With chapters covering Small Plates, Vegetables, Fish, Meat, Desserts, Drinks and Preserves, and Sauces and Dressings, it’s as comprehensive as it is refreshing and practical, with no part of the lemon left unused. For example, Contaldo adds a sliver of zest to his breakfast espresso, while lemon pith and skin can be chopped into salads to add extra zing. From a lemon-infused pizza topped with sausage, mozzarella and rocket, to traditional antipasto dishes like scamorza cheese wrapped in lemon leaves, the recipes are truly refreshing. Then there’s the delights of limoncello spritz, and chocolate and lemon truffle. Passionate, personal and practical, this joyous book will delight a huge spectrum of home cooks.
Gennaro Contaldo’s passion for pasta is positively infectious. He states in his introduction that “there is no limit to the joys of pasta” and this irrepressible exuberance infuses this book from its metaphoric aperitivo pages to its flavoursome finale. Beginning with a useful guide to matching pasta shapes to sauces (as a rule, pair long, thin pasta to light sauces, while short, thick pasta shapes suit heavier sauces), Gennaro devotes much attention to “versatile, quick and easy to cook” dried pasta, with a host of inventive and easy-to-follow recipes, among them hearty veal ragù and refreshing mezzi paccheri pasta with mussels and lemon. Following giving clearly photographed guidance for making your own pasta (including recipes for gluten-free and gluten-free eggless dough), the fresh pasta recipes are mouth-wateringly enticing, with subsequent sections devoted to the delicious delights of filled and baked pasta, including a rich butternut squash vegetarian take on lasagne and the decadently delicious “lasagne di Carnevale”. From creating quick and tasty mid-week meals, to curating lovingly-laboured-over filled pasta feasts, Pasta Perfecto! deserves to be a go-book for pasta-lovers.
A true family book, recipes that will appeal to everyone both in the preparing and the eating. There are dishes that children can tackle alone or ones where they can act as assistant cooks. It’s a good introduction to Italian everyday food with a leaning to Southern Italy, where Gennaro was raised. Many of his own family recipes are included together with new ideas inspired by his children. I liked this a lot, Gennaro Contaldo’s enthusiasm and love of good food together with his family memories make this more than a plain recipe book. The range of dishes, a number of which I’ve tried and found very good, invite you to explore further – bread next for me, it looks delicious!Like for Like ReadingThe River Cottage Family Cookbook, Hugh Fearnley-WhittingstallMy Daddy Cooks, Nick Coffer
Die ganze Familie, versammelt an einem groen Tisch, vor einer Kulisse aus grunen Berghangen und dem funkelnden blauen Meer, dazu wunderbares, hausgemachtes Essen alla mamma - genau so stellt man sich das Leben an Italiens Kuste vor. Und eben das verkorpert der erfolgreiche und beliebte italienische Koch Gennaro Contaldo mit seinem Kochbuch Passione. Er selbst wuchs an der Amalfikuste in Suditalien auf und liebte das Angeln, das Sammeln von Krautern, Pilzen und allerhand weiterer Zutaten, aus denen anfangs noch sein Vater kostliche Gerichte zauberte. Von ihm ubernahm Gennaro Contaldo spater den Kochloffel und zelebriert nun in Passione die authentische italienische Kuche, die so viel mehr zu bieten hat als Spaghetti Bolognese, Lasagne oder Pizza. Von Suppen uber Pasta, Polenta, Risotto und Gnocchi bis hin zu Fisch und Meeresfruchten, Fleisch, Wild und Geflugel, aber auch Gemuse, Snacks, Brot und Desserts: Passione zeigt mit uber 100 Rezepten die riesige Bandbreite und reiche Fulle italienischer Kochkunst, die mit frischen und saisonalen Zutaten das mediterrane Lebensgefuhl in die heimischen Gefilde bringt.
Full of enticing, authentic and, most of all, quick-to-prepare recipes, Gennaro Contaldo's new book demonstrates how to whip up a delicious Italian feast in 40 minutes or less. From lightning-fast risottos to perfectly pronto pastas, speedy soups and delightful desserts, these recipes showcase the very best Italy has to offer, while requiring very little time in the kitchen. Featuring food from all the major regions of Italy, these quick recipes really make the most of the amazing fresh produce for which Italy is renowned. The result is delicious, nutritious food that can be on the table in minutes - perfect for busy families or for easy entertaining. Beginning with a handy guide to keeping your Italian larder full of the best ingredients to whizz up a speedy supper, the book is split into sections covering Soups, Salads, Pasta, Rice, Meat, Fish, Vegetables, Sauces and Desserts ensuring that you have a wealth of recipes at your fingertips. From lemon-infused steam-baked mackerel to classic pasta recipes and quick chocolate raspberry pots you can impress friends and family with a stunning menu in minutes. 'His talent for cooking and story-telling changed my life and food forever.' Jamie Oliver 'The man cooks like an angel and no ordinary angel.' Matthew Norman, Sunday Telegraph
A glorious update of a modern classic - full of colourful recipes that evoke Italian life at its most enticing, Passione is the story of Gennaro Contaldo's upbringing in Italian food and will teach you to cook like a true Italian. Born just metres away from the sea on Italy's stunning Amalfi coast, Gennaro learnt from his father how to seek out wild food - free-diving for oysters, foraging for wild mushrooms and missing school to go fishing. This adventurous spirit lived on throughout Gennaro's career in food and was what went on to inspire Jamie Oliver to call Gennaro his 'London dad'. It was summed up here in this first, glorious collection of his favourite Italian recipes, originally published in 2003. Lovingly restored and updated for the modern kitchen, this new edition of this classic book features photographs from Gennaro's childhood alongside stunning food and travel photography. Over 100 recipes, full of delightful personal recollections, share the secrets of Gennaro's love affair with Italian food, and will inspire cooks of all abilities to taste the true flavours of the Italian coastline. Buon appetito! 'His talent for cooking and story-telling changed my life and food forever.' Jamie Oliver 'The man cooks like an angel and no ordinary angel.' Matthew Norman, Sunday Telegraph
'Gennaro is an incredible baker - bread has always been central to everything he does. This is a great book - incredible food and full of Gennaro-style passion' - Jamie Oliver Making bread has always been a natural passion for Gennaro Contaldo. Ingrained since childhood with memories of his mother's weekly bread-making and visits to his uncle's village bakery, it is a skill which has followed him throughout his career as a chef. In this book, Gennaro takes you onto a journey into the magical world of Italian bread and baking, giving you his secret tips on making the perfect dough to create wonderful Italian breads for all occasions. And not only bread - have you ever walked into an Italian panetteria (bakery) and marvelled at the amazing variety of freshly baked goods? Not only filone, filoncini, ciabatta, campagnia, panini, but also amazing focaccia, pizzette, biscuits and cakes. Included will be Gennaro's fabled focaccia made in different regional varieties as well as mouth watering torte salate (Italian savoury pies) using seasonal ingredients such as spinach & artichoke oozing with fontina cheese for spring or escarole, black olives & anchovy for winter. There will be a section of rustic pane dolce (sweet breads) as well as delicious crostate (sweet pastry tarts), biscuits and traditional homemade cakes just like Nonna used to make. This book will be the ultimate in Italian bread and baking - it will be your Italian panetteria bible where you will be able to almost smell that dreamy, irresistible aroma of fresh baking as you flick through the pages. Word count: 55,000
Want to master pasta? Let Jamie help, with his essential Food Tube guide to simple and seasonal pasta dishes 'Enjoy this pocket-sized cookbook, full of incredible, achievable pasta recipes, from the very basics to kick-ass dishes for any night of the week. Buon appetite!' Jamie Oliver Jam-packed with delicious and easy recipes, The Pasta Book has all the need-to-know basics from Jamie's own Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo. Whatever your ability in the kitchen, pasta is a staple supper guaranteed to please everyone. With The Pasta Book, you can learn how to spice up your pasta for every craving - and even learn to make your own pasta from scratch! Full of delicious, simple, seasonal recipes such as: - Spring fresh WILD ROCKET & PECORINO ORECCHIETTE - Summery VEGETABLE CAPPELLACCI - Autumnal WILD MUSHROOM TAGLIATELLE - Wintery GAME RAGU - Gennaro's take on classic favourites such as CARBONARA and BOLOGNESE Discover exciting new pasta dishes to freshen up your Italian cooking adventures and satisfy every stomach with The Pasta Book.
Beautiful, classic recipes made with passion, by the man who taught me everything I know about Italian cooking. Jamie Oliver Gennaro shows you how to prepare good Italian food with minimum effort by letting the oven or hob do the work. Slow cooking draws out flavours and softens the texture of food to create delicious, impressive, often inexpensive meals with little fuss. There are casseroles and one-pots that slowly simmer to perfection, roasts that tenderize in the oven, soups that quietly bubble away on the hob, puddings such as meringues and fruit compotes, and breads that bake to light perfection. Gennaro is a traditional, rural Italian cook. He uses lots of inexpensive cuts of meat, as well as beans and pulses, which all benefit from slow cooking, so there is plenty for the thrifty home cook to choose from. This is classic Italian food, such as Roast leg of lamb with baby onions, Rich Tyrolean beef goulash, Lasagne and Meringue with zabaglione cream and custard, that takes the hard work out of preparing supper.