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Urban Italian and The Big Fat Duck

Glenys's picture

Tomorrow night I'm having dinner with the author of Urban Italian, Andrew Carmellini. This book has been such a joy to cook from, with flavours of Italian cucina fresca that I love, and no overwrought methodology. He and his food writer wife cooked at home, shopping fresh at the market or shops, while his restaurant was being developed. No fancy equipment, no esoteric suppliers or ingredients, just good food cooked in their apartment on their stove. Simply brilliant food like real grilled bruschetta with sheep ricotta and fresh herbs, strozzapretti with red wine soaked grapes and sweet Italian sausage; shaved winter salad with lemon, citrus tirˆ misu and the list goes on. I'm actually going to make their minestrone risotto for some vegetarians this week. Love, love, love this book.

And for Heston Blumenthal fans, his new book has arrived. Not a Ferran fan but love Heston so I can't wait to dive in.

MadMom's picture

(post #62980, reply #1 of 9)

Mind if I'm a wee bit envious?



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ashleyd's picture

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I'm a big Heston fan but his cookbooks so far have been huge disappointments. I've glanced at the Big Fat Duck Cookbook but I'm not sure it will have a huge audience, unless they want to prop up a coffee table with it, or possibly even use it as a coffee table.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Lee's picture

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Did you ever receive the Alinea cookbook?  If so, what do you think of it?

ashleyd's picture

(post #62980, reply #5 of 9)

Finally got it, but so far have not had a chance to study it in any depth. Certainly some ideas and techniques that can be used in "normal" cooking, and if nothing else it is a beautiful book.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Lee's picture

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Love, love, love this book.


I am NOT listening.  I'm leaving town in 2 days and will not pay any attention to this thread -- ever! 

dorcast's picture

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Dug up this thread because I bought Urban Italian. I think I have a little author crush. It's a great read and I have many recipes marked to try.
Just made the pasta with corn, bacon and ####ake mushrooms (well, a madmommed version) and it is delicious.
Any other recommendations from it?


Edited 10/11/2009 7:44 pm ET by Dorcast

Glenys's picture

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Wow, that's been a while. I'll have to go back but the Italian sausage and grape pasta is unbelievable.

Heather's picture

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I made a lamb ragu from Urban Italian that was delicious. I'll check and see what else I've done.

dorcast's picture

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Thanks.
I'll put that on my list with the sausage grape pasta.
I feel like I've bought a few books lately where I'm only interested in one or two things.
This one has many appealing recipes.

I hate to enable, but maybe Sally will see this and realize that she needs to buy it too.