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Gennaro: Let's Cook Italian Favourite Family Recipes

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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!

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Gennaro: Let's Cook Italian Favourite Family Recipes by Gennaro Contaldo

Gennaro shows that good family cooking doesn't have to be complicated. Whether you're looking for a soup, a salad, a quick pasta dish, a slow-cooked Sunday lunch or something for a special occasion, this book has the recipes for you. Everyday dishes such as Trofie pasta with green beans and basil, Ricotta dumplings and Beetroot salad sit alongside special occasion meals such as Rack of lamb with artichokes, Roast chicken with lemon and herbs and Homemade ravioli. There are dishes for all ages, with plenty of recipes for kids, including pizzas and simple pasta dishes, and lots of ideas for getting the children involved with the cooking. Gorgeous desserts such as Summer fruit jellies, Coffee meringues and a delicious trifle, and traditional Italian preserves such as Preserved peaches and Small filled peppers make this book irresistible.

About the Author

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.

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24th August 2012


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Pavilion Books an imprint of Anova Books


240 pages


Cookery, Food and Drink

National & regional cuisine



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