The Food Of Italy by Claudia Roden, [pdf, google books]

The Food Of Italy

Like Elizabeth David, Claudia Roden can write about anything. Whether it’s Middle Eastern, Spanish or Italian food, she is the cook to turn to.

She is world renowned for her classic books like Arabesque and the Book of Jewish Food. These draw on her Egyptian Jewish roots so it’s no wonder Middle Eastern chefs like Ottolenghi are among her biggest fans.

But it is interesting to see that Russell Norman of Polpo cites Food of Italy as his favourite cookbook. Polpo is very cool, very modern, very Italian and yet still Claudia Roden’s classic is his go-to cookbook.

Food of Italy was first published 25 years ago next year. But the recipes are so fresh yet timeless they are hard to date. For this edition she has updated over 30% of the recipes to fit modern tastes with new inclusions like farro salad and burrata.

The book is structured by region. So you get the glorious tomato and aubergine dishes of Sicily; the classically Roman dishes like salty meat and fried vegetables, and rich Tuscan stews and soups, and so on. With over 300 short recipes it is an incredible repertoire, and it is completely approachable for home cooks.

This fully illustrated edition includes recipe photos as well as local Italy scenes. This is the first time it has had photos since it was originally published.

About the Author

CLAUDIA RODEN was born and brought up in Cairo and educated in Paris and in London, where she now lives. Widely admired as both a great cook and a fine writer, she is the author of several books, including The New Book of Middle Eastern Food and The Book of Jewish Food. The Food of Italy grew out of “The Taste of Italy,” a series of articles she wrote for the Sunday Times of London. Her writing has been awarded many prestigious international prizes, including five Glenfiddich Awards, the James Beard Award in the United States, the Versailles Award in France, and the Prince Claus Award for Culture in the Netherlands.


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  • Title: The Food Of Italy
  • Autor: Claudia Roden
  • Publisher (Publication Date): Vintage Digital; Illustrated edition edition (March 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
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