Italian cookbooks

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The Italian Cookery Course

Katie Caldesi, Kyle Cathie, £30

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London-based restaurateurs Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi have brought out this hefty 500-page tome, aimed at the serious student of Italian cookery and culture. It takes a more in-depth approach, with the aim of developing the key skills of Italian cooking.

There are chapters on bread, antipasti, soups, pasta, rice and polenta, fish, meat, game, sweets and cheeses, each with detailed entries on ingredients, regional variations and equipment required.The book covers the whole of the country, but it goves a pretty thorough grounding in how to cook Italian essentials.

Susan Low, Time Out London Issue 2050: Dec 3-9 2009

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