This is a beautiful book, and exactly how a cookery book should be written. It’s not just a collection of recipes and photographs of the results, but a whole story of where the chef grew up and who influenced him. It documents the food he ate as a child and discovered as he grew up, anecdotes of his family and adventures he’s been on, and how he became successful.
The photographs also help to tell the stories – it’s genuinely a pleasure to read and the recipes are fabulous,divided into seven sections: Antipasti; Zuppa; Risotto; Pasta; Pesce; Carne; Dolci.
None of them are impossibly difficult, and the ones I have tried have produced meals that I could eat over and over again. If I could reproduce one of the photos here I would – my all time favourite is a photograph of pieces of focaccia classica on a wooden board – simple but beautiful and will, like all the others, encourage you to make it just so that you can taste how beautiful it looks!
If you are in the mood for buying a new cookery book, or asking for one for a present, I highly recommend this – you won’t regret it.
- My Life In Food: Giorgio Locatelli (independent.co.uk)
- Giorgio Locatelli’s recipes from Sicily (telegraph.co.uk)