Straight from the banks of the Thames, London, the owners of this most classic of restaurants (which can claim the likes of Jamie Oliver as its alumni) comes this collection of simple, seasonal recipes.
Reviewed by Karen Coleman, Booktopia Buzz Editor
There is a brief moment as summer overlaps with autumn when the beautiful borlotti beans are fully ripe in their pods, the huge, wonderfully-flavoured porcini mushrooms are beginning to appear in the markets, and the tomatoes are so ripe and sweet they are almost bursting.
'Most of what we have learnt has been from Italians who we've cooked side by side with. With this book, we want you to cook side by side with us' Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers. Over the last twenty years, Rose and Ruth have both visited Italy time and again and during these visits have learnt the many subtleties that appear in dishes from the diverse regions of the country.
They have cooked alongside friends, cousins and wine makers who have all shared their family recipes, including ones which are cooked less and less in Italy these days.This book is Rose and Ruth's personal interpretation of these recipes. It's a celebration of the real, classic food of Italy; the traditional, regional food they both love to eat when they are there, and the food they cook at The River Café and in their homes.
They are precious recipes that they have become well known for.The twelve chapters focus on every part of the Italian menu; form Antipasti to Sweet Dishes for Special Occasions. With accompanying narrative stories and anecdotes, this book gives you a personal insight into the relationships that both women have with the food of Italy. They not only show how purists cook the dishes but also how Ruthie and Rose interpret them in their own cooking.If you love food and you love Italy, you will turn to this book time and again.
The result is their best book yet, which, when set against the standard they have set over the last 20 years, is saying something' * The Guardian * Another best-seller certainty, with its dreamy photos of cheeses, food markets and Tuscan landscapes * Telegraph * This is a book to learn from, to cook from... buy it and love it, because make no mistake, it's the cookery book of the year * The Spectator *
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.9 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.47
Edition Number: 1