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Gennaro: Slow Cook Italian – A Lovely Book Of Classic Recipes


Those Italians know how to do great food. They have a massive passion for cooking and know exactly how to get the best out of their ingredients. But you do know there is more than great pasta and amazing desserts, right? I’m not talking about amazing fish dishes or fantastic risotto’s – Italian cuisine also has some of the best slow cooked recipes in the world.

One of my own favourite chefs, Gennaro Contaldo, has recently released a cook book all about the art of slow cooking – Slow Cook Italian.

Inside the 192 pages (which includes index and a credits page) are sections that include soups, pasta, stews and breads. There’s even a section on desserts and what to do with left overs. There are plenty of pictures that show off the process or results, though not every recipe has one. It’s a nice big thick book with plenty of recipes that get the best out of the ingredients by taking time over the cooking process.

Each recipe has an introduction from Gennaro, an ingredients list and what it takes to put it all together. Now, while this may sound like most recipe books, it has been put together with the theme of ‘old traditional Italian’ in mind. As mentioned at the beginning of the book in Gennaro’s introduction. There, he reminisces about how his Grandmother used to cook on open flame. I can just imagine the smells wafting around as meats, soups and breads were cooking. Lovely!

Sadly, those days of cooking on a wood burning stove has passed for most of us. Though, all has not been lost since we have the slow cooker, or as our American cousins would call it –  a crock pot. For fans of those devices, you may be pleased to know that some of the recipes mention in the book have alternative instructions for using them.

The recipes I like the look of the most include; Minestra Di Verdure e Riso (vegetable soup with rice), Maltagliati Con Cannellini e Olive (fresh pasta strips with cannellini beans and olives) and Stinco Di Maiale All’Arancia (roasted pork shins with oranges). There are many others that caught my eye but I can list them all here!

There’s a good mix of recipes that should entertain anyone looking to explore slow cooking and the Italian style. They are packed with flavour and if you are  looking for something different for the cold wintry months, you really can’t go wrong with this book. Highly recommended!

Head over to Amazon UK and pick up a copy right now!

Thanks goes to Pavilion books for my review copy. All opinions are my own.

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