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Polpo : A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) - Russell Norman

Polpo

A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts)

Hardcover Published: 5th July 2012
ISBN: 9781408816790
Number Of Pages: 320

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A luscious cookbook of deliciously simple Venetian dishes from one of London's hottest restaurants.

Tucked away in a backstreet of London's edgy Soho district, POLPO is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up dishes from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this kind of cooking is unfussy, innovative and exuberantly delicious.

The 140 recipes in the book include caprese stacks; zucchini shoestring fries; asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter; butternut risotto; arancini, rabbit cacciatore; warm duck salad with wet walnuts and beets; crispy baby pizzas with prosciutto and rocket; scallops with lemon and peppermint; mackerel tartare; linguine with clams; whole sea bream; warm octopus salad; soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel salad; walnut and honey semifreddo; tiramisu; fizzy bellinis and glasses of bright orange spritz.

With luminescent photography by Jenny Zarins, which captures the unfrequented corners, the bustling bacari and the sublime waterways of Venice, POLPO is a dazzling tribute to Italy's greatest hidden cuisine.

About the Author

Russell Norman spent ten years running some of the most venerated restaurants in the Caprice Group, before turning his back on the high life, getting a tattoo of an octopus across his back and setting up his own place in scruffy Soho. Fusing the energy of New York with the cuisine of Venice, it was an instant hit. POLPO has been followed in quick succession by Polpetto, da Polpo, Spuntino and Mishkin's. Russell Norman lives in London.

Industry Reviews

POLPO does what a great cookbook should do: it makes you urgently want to cook and breaks new territory * Daily Telegraph *
Wonderful ... the dishes are simple, with relatively few ingredients, but they're inspired. The grilled courgettes with toasted breadcrumbs, for instance, was sublime. The pages of my book are already smeared with olive oil and egg; a good sign -- Melanie McDonagh * Evening Standard *
A marvellously useful guide to anyone who actually wants to cook -- Cary Gee * Tribune *
A present for the greedy gourmets in your life * Observer *
Delicious * Mail on Sunday *
Gorgeous * Daily Mail *
Like a trip round the bars and bacari of Venice * Independent *
A delight for its goodies from Venice and beyond, beautifully presented in a book that (hallelujah) lies flat on the kitchen surface -- Lisa Markwell * Independent *
Definitely the design classic of 2012 * Irish Times *

ISBN: 9781408816790
ISBN-10: 1408816792
Audience: BAU
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 5th July 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 18.1  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 1.15
Edition Number: 1

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