Jamie Cooks Italy, the latest cookbook and title of the newest hit TV show from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, shows his passion for Italian cuisine, the ingredients and his relationship with mentor Gennaro Contaldo.
It’s likely that you have a Jamie Oliver cookbook, or two, or three, on your shelves? He’s known the world over as the Essex boy who has taught us how simple it is to cook great homemade food. Jamie’s campaigns have enacted real change in the UK, from the Ministry of Food, sugar tax to tackling childhood obesity, or his earlier campaign to change school lunches.
In Jamie Cooks Italy, we see The Naked Chef going back to his mentor's roots. Travelling around Italy with Gennaro, Jamie learns tips and tricks from 'Nonnas' (Italian grandmothers) around the country. The most important part of Jamie Cooks Italy is that the Nonnas are excited to pass on their recipes – as Italians move away from home cookery, the Nonnas feel that their family recipes may die with them. It gives the book a sense of urgency, that we should take these recipes on board and try to incorporate them into our repertoires so as to give them a new lease of life.
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The cookbook photography paints a beautiful picture of Italy and truly invites the reader into the book, persuading them to try something new like a pot-roast rabbit or grilled squid. The recipes themselves seem suitable for all skill levels, ranging from Jamie’s quick-and-easy dinners to more time consuming, delicate desserts. Tempting and authentic, Jamie Cooks Italy provides delicious recipes and an enchanting story to go with them.
We’ve selected three of Jamie’s new recipes for you to try out so read on and enjoy cooking…
This tomato-infused rice dish is the less-refined cousin of risotto: both are Italian and made with rice, but Panissa is a little more rough-and-ready. Perfectly satisfying and easy enough to make, this dish is perfect for a quick dinner.
This salad is an accessible way for the average cook to venture towards more exciting produce. The method of cooking squid here should be easy enough for even the most inexperienced cook to replicate. Try it out for a light and fresh lunch option.
This tart would be an impressive finish to any meal. The pastry combines wine, olive oil and vanilla to create a unique end result, while the lemon filling is just zesty enough to satisfy all taste buds.
All recipes from Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver. Published by Penguin Random House © Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2018 Jamie Cooks Italy), photography: David Loftus.
You can taste delicious, authentic Italian dishes at Jamie's Italian in Dundrum and for the party season, there is a festive Christmas menu available.
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