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Her recipes range from teriyaki rice ''burgers'' and spiced mussel one-pot wonder, to root vegetable rosti and feta, dill and beetroot savoury cheesecake. There are also a handful of classics, like French onion soup, roast tomato puttanesca and peanut butter and chocolate muesli bars. There's a lot of good eating in this book.
Her background shows in this book which not only contains a tempting selection of recipes from many regions, several from friends and relatives, but also has sections explaining some of the techniques. These include breadmaking, sourdough starters and bigas, how to fillet different types of fish, how to prepare artichokes, temper chocolate, tell when steak is cooked to your liking, and how to make different types of pasta and tomato passata. There's also lots of information on ingredients, vegetables, herbs, Italian wine and cheese. Recommended for Italophiles and those who aspire to being one.
A glossy book with lavish photography and stylish recipes, some tarted-up classics like macaroni cheese with truffle oil, or his dad's steak and kidney pudding with an old-fashioned suet crust. Others are stylish restaurant fare like salmon with bread and butter potato pudding.
A good coffee-table book that may also find use in the kitchen.