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The Best Italian Cookbook

Italy has, in my humble opinion, the best cuisine in the world yet so few Italian recipe books ever get much beyond pasta and pizza.

In Italy there are literally millions of cook books focusing on every nuance of Italian cooking.

Pity though that very few have ever been translated into English.

To overcome that I have spent ages searching for the best Italian cookbook - those translated into or written in English.

Let me share the results of all those long hours of research.

Four books guaranteed to bring to you the real taste of Italy...

The Silver Spoon

The Best Italian cookbook ever written? I am not sure if that definition, which is so often given to this great book, is quite justified but if there is one classic book about Italian food and cooking, that every lover of Italian recipes must have, then it is this book. No other Italian cookbook is anywhere near as comprehensive.

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Veneto: Authentic Recipes from Venice and the Italian Northeast

It is always surprising how few good recipe books there are focusing on the excellent cuisine of Venice and the Veneto. In English this is definitely the best one I have discovered. Even if you don't feel much like cooking don't worry as this is a beautiful book for your coffee table too. Packed full of the most evocative photos of the Veneto it will have you longing to visit this splendid corner of Italy.

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La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

The best Italian cookbook you will find in English in my opinion. Unless you really want to become an expert on Italian food then this is the only Italian recipe book you will ever need. Full of easy to make genuine Italian recipes passed down through generations, this book is a true gem.

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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

Much like La Cucina, the Essentials of Classic Italian cooking brings "real Italian cooking" to the English speaking world. Some of the recipes in this book are just so delicious they will drive you quite crazy with delight. All in all a lovely book packed full of authentic recipes for many the very best of Italian dishes.

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  • Our Homemade Lasagna Recipe

    I am Italian and here is the way I have always made lasagna. It is the way my mother taught me and this homemade lasagna recipe is something my family really love.

  • Mamma's Italian Meatballs Recipe

    My mamma makes the BEST Italian meatballs recipe. Yes, the BEST. They are to die for and if you don't believe me, you must cook up a pot of them yourself. I dare you...

  • Venice Italy Restaurants Guide

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    Need a tiramisu recipe? You won't find any better than this one - it is 100% authentic Italian.

  • Best Veneto & Venice Restaurants - Cooking as Good as my Mamma's

    These Veneto & Venice restaurants don’t cater for the tourist trade but to locals and you won’t find many of these restaurants in any guide book . What you will find are excellent restaurants

  • The Best of the Venice Restaurant Guide

    A marvelous restaurant, no other restaurant in our Veneto and Venice Restaurant Guide can beat the Ristorante da Riccardo – Absolutely superb dining.

  • The Veneto & Venice Itinerary

    Visiting Venice? Want to explore a little of the wonderful Veneto region in which Venice is located? Then our Veneto & Venice Itinerary is just what you need.

  • The Venice Food and Recipe Guide

    Discover the great cuisine of the Veneto and Italy with us. You simply have to try our Cannoli recipe.. and hear the amazing story behind the recipe.

  • Veneto Restaurants - The Irma Restaurant

    The Veneto Restaurants Guide selects some of our favourite restaurants in this region of Italy. The Irma Restaurant is one of the best for hearty Italian country dishes in a stunning location.

  • Trattoria alla Vedova

    A restaurant I can highly recommend in Venice, if you want genuine local food, is the Trattoria alla Vedova. My review explains why.

  • Nonna's Spaghetti with Clams and Pistachio Pesto

    Been to the Italian seaside? You'll recall sitting outside a little family run trattoria, the scent of the sea and seafood dishes bubbling away in the kitchen. Short of returning to Italy, the way to bring those memories flooding back is to cook nonna's spaghetti with clams

  • Spaghetti Bolognese Does NOT Exist in Italy.

    Spaghetti Bolognese does not exist in Italy; however, you'll be delighted to know that the real Italian version is far more delicious... and we have the recipe just for you.

  • The Best of all Sardine Recipes from Venice Italy

    Perhaps the greatest of all Sardine recipes is this one from Venice Italy. Not difficult to make it is known as Sarde in Saor. Sour Sardines in English

  • A Simple Risotto Recipe

    I love this Risotto Recipe. It was given to me by internationally acclaimed chef Viviane Bauquet Farre. Our site is full of great Italian recipes and this is surely one of the best.

  • A Guide to Restaurants in Verona and Veneto

    The Trattoria da L' Amelia is one of the restaurants in Verona that I would recommend. Our guide to the best restaurants in Veneto and Venice Italy features many great restaurants

  • A Great Restaurant in Venice Italy

    The Ristorante Antico Dolo is a great restaurant in Venice Italy. Located in a 15th century building, close to the Rialto Bridge, this is a restaurant that has been going close on five hundred years

  • The Best Italian Recipes for Chicken

    Gallina Ubriaca otherwise known as drunk hen is one of my all time best Italian recipes for chicken or hen. It is from the Veneto region of Italy. Try it here.

  • Quick Easy Chicken Recipes from Venice Italy

    We have an abundance of quick easy chicken recipes and other great Italian recipes on the site. All are authentic, easy to make and delicious of course!

  • A Traditional Homemade Polenta Recipe

    This polenta recipe is one hundred percent traditional. It is the way my granny has made it for decades. Whether you have it with a roast or with milk for breakfast you'll love it!

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