Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie OliverJamie Cooks Italy is a celebration of the joy of Italian food. Jamie wants to share his love of all things Italian with accessible, best-ever recipes for Classic Carbonara, Salina Chicken, Stuffed Focaccia, Baked Risotto Pie, Pot-Roasted Cauliflower and Limoncello Tiramisu. This is about bringing the pleasure and passion of the worlds favourite cuisine to your kitchen at home.
Featuring 140 recipes in Jamies easy-to-follow style, the book has chapters on Antipasti, Salad, Soup, Meat, Pasta, Fish, Rice & Dumplings, Bread & Pastry, Sides, Desserts and all the Basics you need.
The recipes are a mix of fast- and slow-cooking, familiar classics with a Jamie twist, simple everyday dishes and more indulgent labour-of-love choices for weekends and celebrations. Whether cooking for yourself or cooking for friends and family, the aromas and tastes will transport you straight to the landscapes of Italy. Viva Italia!
Jamie Cooks Italy - Chargrilled Squid, Chicken Pot Roast, Seafood Stew and Fresh Pasta and Pesto
Jamie learns from the locals how to cook stuffed squid, and creates a Sunday lunch for one of the island archipelago's biggest families. Jamie heads for one of the hottest food destinations in Italy, making hand-crafted pasta, a special seafood stew, and the region's answer to paella. Jamie heads to the pizza capital of Italy, to seek out the recipes the locals love to eat and is blown away by acquapazza - fish poached in 'crazy water'.
TV Party: 'Jamie Cooks Italy' on Channel 4
I was very enthusiastic about the book; would I be as enthusiastic about the actual TV series? I watch a lot of food programmes on TV — unsurprisingly! This is the problem with commercial TV — the ads! The running time is only 23 mins 46 secs I checked on catch-up from a half-hour programme. This may seem an odd way to begin the review, but I think that sense of rushing and lack of time played out in the actual watching.
The prospect of entering his fifth decade made The Naked Chef more than a little "reflective", he admits. Meanwhile, his long-time mentor Gennaro Contaldo - who guided Oliver through his early days at the late Antonio Carluccio's Neal Street Restaurant during the Nineties - was edging towards the big seven-oh. Getting away, escaping for a bit became increasingly appealing to them both. Italy, Contaldo's homeland, became the destination, and the pair spent months travelling from the northern mountains to the southern islands, across the seasons. It's not just about the duo barrelling around Italy gorging on pasta in an effort to scrub out the years though. Instead, the pair set out to learn from the last generation of Italian 'nonnas', women in their 80s and 90s who "didn't grow up with fridges, freezers, microwaves, gas, electricity - we're talking about old school," notes the Essex-born restaurateur, reverently.
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