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The best Italian cookbook ever

  • Mar 4, 2009
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When I lived in Italy, my parents sent me this book so I could improve my Italian cooking with authentic ingredients.  And I mean REALLY good ingredients, as in I would buy "Trentino Milk" at a store where I could see the pastors a few miles away. 

Jamie Oliver is a British chef known as "The Naked Chef" because of his fondness for using really fresh (or naked)  ingredients when cooking.  Though he is a handsome dude, I don't want to have any women to get the wrong impression that there are naughty pictures in this book. 

His writing style is very casual and you get a really good sense of his enthusiasm for food.  I like how he doesn't bother with measurements a lot of the time and instead says "a handful of basil" or "a dollop of butter." 

EVERYTHING I've ever made from this book has come out incredible with a few highlights being his "orgasmic" risotto (as a few friends put it), Baked Pasta with Chicken and Mushrooms, Chicken Cacciatore, Crostini, Pasta alla Norma, The Best Tuna Meatballs and a lot more.

This is one of my favorite books of all time and I think everyone with a passion for Italian cooking should check it out.

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March 04, 2009
DesignDude - When it comes to Italian cooking, Jamie is all about authentic recipes, with only a few with his own, modern spin. LingsEatCake - Have you read "Kitchen Confidential?" I know chefs that swear by the truth found in Anthony's culinary insanity
March 04, 2009
Jamie Oliver is great, and his cookbooks are usually pretty easy to follow too. The Naked Chef makes orgasmic food, whodathunk? ;) That being said, I much prefer Anthony Bourdain, though more for his smart mouth, not for the cooking.
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Bestselling author Jamie Oliver finally devotes an entire book to America's favorite cuisine -- Italian!

Italy and its wonderful flavors have always had a major influence on Jamie Oliver's food and cooking. In Jamie's Italy, he travels this famously gastronomic country paying homage to the classic dishes of each region and searching for new ideas to bring home. The result is a sensational collection of Italian recipes, old and new, that will ensure that Italy's influence reaches us all.

Italy has inspired Jamie Oliver throughout his career. His ambition has always been to travel across the country on a quest to capture the very essence of Italian cooking -- and to produce the best and simplest Italian cookbook for everybody anywhere to enjoy.

Jamie's Italy is the result of that journey -- and it's a land of plenty. As well as providing more than 120 brand-new recipes for everything from risotto to roasts and spaghetti to stews, structured as traditional trattoria menus, Jamie takes you all over Italy to cook with and learn from the real masters of Italian cuisine: the locals. Far from the standard "lemons and olives" version of Italian cooking, Jamie's Italy is a cookbook by the people for the people. From Sicily to Tuscany, it's about the local fishermen, family bakers, and, of course, the "Mamas," sharing their recipes and the tips that have gone into their cooking for generations. But it's not only mouthwatering food that Jamie brings back home: it's ...

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ISBN-10: 1401301959
ISBN-13: 9781401301958
Photographer: David Loftus, Chris Terry
Author: Jamie Oliver
Format: Book : English
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