I must have been a good girl this year because Santa granted my Christmas wish. I received the cookbook ‘LOVE ITALY’ by Guy Grossi.
Guy Grossi is a celebrated chef and restaurateur from Melbourne. He owns Grossi Florentino (I’ve dined at this one and loved it), Mirka Continental Bistro, Merchant Osteria Veneta, Ombra Salumi Bar and Grossi Trattoria in Bangkok. He’s also appeared on shows like SBS’s Italian Food Safari, Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules.
What I like about Guy Grossi is his passion for life and Italian cooking. He talks about food with such gusto! I was fortunate to be able to meet him in person at a Gourmet Traveller Master Class. I took the opportunity to thank him for sharing his passion for food with us all.
Back to the book – ‘LOVE ITALY’. After flicking through its 539 pages, I’ve come to the conclusion that this tome is Guy’s ode to Italy. It’s such a beautiful book. Overflowing with information and recipes from over 9 regions of Italy – Veneto being one of them – his parents’ home land. Well set out, each recipe has its own double page with ingredients and instructions clearly displayed and vivid images that shout out “eat me, eat me”!
This book celebrates all that is Italian cooking – simple ingredients packed with flavour. The common denominator is food is seasonal and fresh. Guy emphasises this by introducing us to the ‘artisan producers’ he meets along his travels through Italy.
I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time with this book. I can’t wait to try Bigoli con Vongole (Pasta with Clams). I love this type of dish as I adore clams and it’s the best time of the year to be sampling them. I will be posting this recipe soon so stay tuned!
If you love Italian cooking, then you should add this cookbook to your collection. You’ll find yourself falling in love with Italy itself (if you haven’t already) – as Guy and I have!
Available from major book stores, department stores such as DJ, Myers, and BIG W. Not cheap retailing at $100 but I have seen it at BIG W for $68. I’ve researched online and it’s available on Booktopia for $69.95 http://www.booktopia.com.au/love-italy-guy-grossi/prod9781921382420.html