I have dreamed of writing a cookbook for as long as I can remember, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to share with you my very first book.
Out this Spring and available for pre-order now:
UK Edition (Published by Bloomsbury):
A little bit about the book
In a quiet corner of Venice, far off the beaten track and away from the crowds that cluster around Piazza San Marco, stands a little house. Its walls are a soft, dirty pink and made of crumbling plaster. Its windows, hidden behind watermelon green shutters, look out over a sleepy canal. Were you wandering past, you most likely would not look twice at it, too beguiled by the the riches and beauty that the streets of Venice have to offer all around you. Were you wandering past you may even be lost – few visitors come to that part of town by intention. But were you to pause for a moment, just outside the green door, standing in the campo with the cherry tree growing in the middle, were you to stop and look, what you would see is my home. The house where I grew up, where my husband and I celebrated our wedding, where my son took his first steps, and where I learned to cook…
In ‘A Table in Venice’ I’ve collected together my most loved recipes from home, dishes that I cook time and time again, the ones which mean the most to me and which have provided me with the greatest joy over the years. It’s the kind of simple, fresh, unpretentious food that you won’t find in restaurants or hotels, but the kind of food that I enjoy the most, and that is the heart and soul of life in Venice. You might call it my ‘take’ on Venetian cuisine. It’s pine nuts and raisins, bay leaves and sweet vinegar, heady saffron and creamy mascarpone. Zabaione custard, where you whip prosecco, eggs and sugar into a frenzy as light as air and then eat it by the spoonful; buttery risotto made with garden peas so sweet and tender you would be forgiven for mistaking the dish for a pudding.
You could call it a celebration of Venetian home cooking. Though really you will find that the book, is of course Venetian in inspiration and character, but what it is really about is something far more universal: the belief that with a few simple ingredients you can create a meal that is at once opulent and humble, that brings people together and casts an indelible mark upon their memories. And the belief that to do so is one of the greatest pleasures and privileges life can offer. ‘A Table in Venice’ is about celebrating real food and bringing people together: where friends and food gather around a table a certain indescribable magic occurs – a magic that I happened to find in our little kitchen in Venice; but once captured, it is magic that translates to kitchens everywhere.
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