Hundreds of thousands of tourists pass through the city of Venice each year, eat at trattorie, and leave having dined in Venice, but not having eaten well. It is the food cooked in homes and made with local ingredients, the recipes passed down through generations – which Venetians guard ferociously and exclusively for their own gratification – that is Venetian food. It is romantic and it is exotic. It dapples in spices, and delightfully foreign flavours. It's pine nuts and raisins, bay leaves and sweet vinegar, heady saffron and creamy mascarpone.
It's a legacy of a maritime republic that once upon a time journeyed across the seas, gathering culinary gems from as far and wide as Turkey, Greece and China, and then over generations wove them into the city until they became the way of living and eating. For Skye it is the food of her childhood, laden with nostalgia, synonymous with comfort and the source of an endless fascination.
Some of the recipes in Dolce Vita are translated and barely adapted from the old Venetian cookbooks. Other dishes are more loosely inspired by Venice, by the ingredients, by the flavours, and by everyday life there. All of the recipes are typical of Skye's cooking style: simple, fresh, colourful and always plentiful, and offer a rare glimpse into the tastes and secrets of a true Venetian kitchen.
About the Author
Skye spends the majority of her time in Venice, where she writes, practices photography and teaches cookery workshops. She is the author of a successful blog, From My Dining Table, and contributes regularly to publications from around the world, including Food52, The Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler and Corriere della Sera. A Table in Venice is her first book.
A real and rare gem, this is the must-have book on Venice and its cooking -- Anna del Conte
It is a beautifully evocative book, offering a delicious stroll through the city: you don't need to be renting a flat in Venice to get a taste of it -- Nigella Lawson
Skye brings Venice alive - the sights, smells and sounds - all described in the most mesmeric way -- Skye Gyngell
A cookbook I will return to again and again -- Ruth Rogers
An ode to her adopted city and full of simple, tasty Italian home cooking * Stylist *
Has there ever been a prettier cook book? Envy-inducing and mouth-watering all at the same time, Skye McAlpine has a good eye as well as good taste for food * Evening Standard *
Prose as beautiful as the platefuls that garnish each page -- Stephen Bush * Guardian *
McAlpine combines her own photography with musings about her Italian home, bringing it to life for readers, whether you've had the pleasure of visiting or not * Independent *
The home-style recipes and photography are gorgeous, as is Skye's writing. A beautiful, evocative book for armchair travellers and food lovers * Delicious *
A Table in Venice is a beautiful combination of recipes... But what really shines through is [Skye McAlpine's] innate passion for Italy, the people and the food * Metro *
A wonderfully thorough guide to traditional recipes from northern Italy * Elle Decoration *
McAlpine has pulled together a beautiful collection of her most trusted recipes... Expect to return to it time and time again... These are the kinds of recipes that are passed down through the generations * National Geographic Traveller *
Tempting and refreshingly simple recipes * Crumbs *
A wonderfully enticing collection of mouthwatering Venetian recipes and anecdotes * Italia! *
Simple yet fresh Venetian home cooking * Food & Travel *
This beautifully presented book has the earthy flavour of an Elizabeth David cookbook with a sassy pinch of Delia Smith - finished with evocative photos of Venetian tables, canals and landscapes * Australian Financial Review *
Skye's recipes have won huge popularity as lovingly-formed slices of Italian life * Bristol Post *