When this arrived at our office, there was a collective ‘ooh’ not only for the beautiful cover – we want that fabulous hat – but also for the delicious recipes inside…
Details: Hundreds of thousands of tourists pass through the city of Venice each year, eat at trattorie, and leave having dined in Venice, but not having eaten well. It is the food cooked in homes and made with local ingredients, the recipes passed down through generations that is real Venetian food. It is romantic and it is exotic. It dabbles in spices, and delightfully foreign flavours. It’s pine nuts and raisins, bay leaves and sweet vinegar, heady saffron and creamy mascarpone.
Some of the recipes in A Table in Venice are translated and barely adapted from old Venetian cookbooks, while other dishes are more loosely inspired by the ingredients, the flavours and the everyday life of Venice. All of the recipes are typical of Skye’s cooking style: simple, fresh, colourful and always plentiful, whether it’s quick-to-assemble cicheti – the small plates accompanying an afternoon spritz – or a hearty serving of risotto topped with an extra grating of Parmesan. From Apricot and raisin sticky pastries with a morning espresso, to dinner of Roast duck with apples, pears and chestnuts, A Table in Venice offers a rare glimpse into the tastes and secrets of a true Venetian kitchen.
Skye McAlpine, author of the successful blog From My Dining Table, offers an insider’s perspective on Venetian home cooking, illustrated with her stunning photographs.
Review: This stunning book tops the list as one of our all time favourite cookery books. From the front cover to the last page this book is packed with delicious recipes and the most beautiful and evocative photographs taken by Skye. This is a book that you want to read from cover to cover, each chapter is introduced with a delightful narrative from Skye explaining her daily life in Venice, and a little of the history and tradition behind the recipes.
If you have ever visited Venice this gorgeous book will have you sighing with the memories, and if you have never been it will inspire you to book your ticket!
This book was kindly given to us to review by the publishers, all opinions are our own.
This review was originally published in Hot Brands Cool Places – www.hotbrandscoolplaces.com