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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.