Weekend Cooking

Two Greedy Italians

I love Italian food, so Two Greedy Italians by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo looks like a book that I would love to have!

This book  accompanies a new series on BBC2 which starts on Wednesday 27 April 2011 at 8 pm.

Carluccio and Contaldo are old friends. They return to Italy to reconnect with their culinary heritage, explore past and current traditions and reveal the very soul of Italian gastronomy. Containing over 100 mouthwatering recipes, this  book goes beyond the clichés to reveal real Italian food, as cooked by real Italians. It includes an intriguing combination of classic dishes and ingredients as well as others showcasing the changes in style and influences that have become a part of the Italy of today.  (Description adapted from the Product Description on Amazon.)

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (18 April 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 9781844009428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844009428

We do have one of Antonio Carluccio’s books – Passion for Pasta, which is a beautiful book, full of recipes for making your own pasta and sauces. He writes:

… I would like you to forget about bottled sauces, ready-made pasta dishes, and pre-packed Parmesan cheese. Instead indulge yourself by trying the amazing soft texture of your own hand-made pasta, the bite of fresh Italian cheeses, the flavour of cured meats such as Parma ham, and anchovies and fresh basil. (page 7)

There are also lots photos of mouth-watering food, such as this which shows Pasta Per Tutte Stagioni – Pasta For All Seasons, made with fresh shitake mushrooms, fresh oyster mushrooms, chanterelles and small dried fusilli. It includes double cream, smoked ham, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, parsley and truffle oil, which Carluccio says is very expensive and very sophisticated – a dish for special occasions!

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (24 July 2003)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 9780563487616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563487616
  • ASIN: 0563487615
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 18.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Source: I bought it

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8 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking

  1. Hi Margaret,

    Whilst I have to admit that I would probably never even think about making my own pasta, I do love Italian food.
    In fact we both have eclectic tastes, when it comes to food in general and will try almost any new experience once, although pasta remains a firm favourite in our house.


  2. Pasta of all kinds is favorite around here too. I have made my own pasta but I’m usually just as happy to buy it (we have some places that sell it fresh, and I admit I like it better than dried).

    The TV show sounds like it’s going to be great. I wonder if we’ll get it here on BBC America.


  3. I’ve seen Antonio Carluccio on BBC before, he’s quite funny 🙂 And I’ve seen him eat cheese that got its distinctive flavor from worms (or maggots, I don’t remember) :s


  4. What’s not to love about Italian cooking? I’m pretty sure I could eat pasta every day of my life and never tire of it. Sounds like a fun cookbook!


  5. While I love pasta, It does get rather tiring when restaurants only serve it with a heavy red sauce. Glad to see that this book is showing that Italian cuisine is so much more than that.


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