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Buonissimo! - Gino D'Acampo
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Buonissimo! - Gino D'Acampo
Date: 23/05/12, updated on 23/05/12 (66 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to follow and some nice ideas for everyday cooking
Disadvantages: Not that impressive for entertaining
Having just come back from visiting my inlaws in Italy I was keen to do some Italian cooking. This cookbook was given to me as a gift from my mother who saw Gino at a cookery demonstration. This is his second book and the first time I have tried his recipes although I have seen him on various tv chef programmes.
The first thing I should mention is that this is not a traditional layout such as starters, mains, deserts instead it is divided into the type of occasion. The chapters are:
Recipes for two - this I like as my husband and I like to have a special meal every week and this has given me some good ideas for example salmon and leek parcels. Some of the ingredients are more expensive but these are meant to be special meals. The gnocchi with truffle oil is lovely and worth buying the truffle oil for.
Recipes for one - I like that this book acknowledges that there are a lot of single people out there who like to cook for themselves.
Everyday suppers - I really like to have ideas for day to day cooking and these recipes are easy to follow for example the lamb shank in red wine and mashed potatoes. For a vegetarian alternative there is the vegetable bake which I prefer with broccoli than cauliflower. Naturally there is also Gino's lasagne. The toad in the hole involves frying onions with the sausages but I prefer to keep my onions separate and to make red onion gravy.
Easy but impressive - this title appeals to me as I like to entertain but dont want to be stressing in the kitchen. Unfortunately I havnt found the recipes that impressive. For example pasta, mushrooms, peas and mascapone is more of an everyday supper.
Party food - this chapter has recipes mostly to feed 6 to 8 people. It has recipes such as artichoke and spinach tart which is great to take on picnics. The recipes are pretty straightforward such as the baked salmon with tomatoes, potatoes and anchovies. My favourites have to be the deserts however. Who could resist chocolate souffle with raspberry and grand marnier sauce. Mmmmmm!
Most recipes have photographs which I like as I like to know what the finished meal should look like.
Not the greatest Italian cook book but some nice ideas. The recipes would suit inexperienced cooks as they tend to be easy to follow and do not involve lots of technical cooking. Most of the ingredients are easy to obtain and likely to be found in your local supermarket. I sometimes find Gino on the tv a litle irritating but you can ignore his funny comments in this book and get straight down to the cooking. As I said earlier my copy was a gift but it is at the time of writing this review on sale on Amazon for £9.74.
I would just like to add Gino's tip for cooking.
Pour yourself a nice glass of wine, throw everyone else out of the kitchen, make sure your ingredients are fresh and of good quality and that your knife is sharp and finally only cook if you are in a good mood.
Summary: A good cookbook for everyday cooking
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