Venice : Recipes Lost and Found, Hardback
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There's an old Venetian saying-'magna e bevi che a vita xe un lamp' ('eat and drink because life is a lightning flash').

With this in mind, Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi have dodged the tourists and unearthed some of the most delicious and authentic recipes that the romantic, alluring city of Venice has to offer.

From San Marco to the old Jewish area, the Caldesis draw inspiration from the less obvious areas of the sinking city for their delectable recipes.

Try some hot polpette (salty pork rissoles) or sarde in saor (marinated sardines) with a glass of wine with friends.

The traditional Venetian pasta, bigoli, served with a delicious fresh fish salsa is a signature dish that you'll cook time and time again. And the sweet fritelle, fried dumplings filled with custard that have been served on the streets of Venice for centuries, are bound to become an instant hit.

Set against the backdrop of breathtaking photographs of the city and Katie's anecdotes of their trip, Venice is a beautiful cookbook and keepsake that will transport you to Italy with every page turn, and have you cooking dishes from Italy's new food hotspot in no time!


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Full colour photography throughout
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
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  • Category: National & regional cuisine
  • ISBN: 9781742707730



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Katie Caldesi and Giancarlo Cadesi, the couple behind a series of greater London based culinary enterprises, have a new book out: "Venice: Recipes Lost and Found." Searching an anonymously authored 14th-century Venetian manuscript "Libro per Cuoco" (Book for Cook) for clues, the authors lead us through an engaging culinary mystery. Why did Venice, once renowned for its extravagantly spiced food, seem to forget its storied past? Researching the case, Giancarlo worked in a marvelous Venetian restaurant situated near Piazza San Marco - the Bistrot de Venise - and gathered recipe ideas from their historically inspired dishes. Katie and Giancarlo also wandered through the maze of Venetian streets, searching for memories of the Serenissima's culinary history. From the city's last remaining spice shop, on the Calle degli Spezieri (Street of the Spice Merchants), to the numerous bàcari and cicchetti bars, and to Venice's seemingly hidden but resurgent gourmet restaurants, the Caldesi's find answers to their questions and share with us their delicious findings. Giancarlo in an interview about the book with Felicity Cloake said,“Even today, for the Italians, Venice is a region apart. When the Roman empire fell, the people there felt no one would protect them, so they had to swim to the islands, to close themselves off. It’s a fantastic place, more than a dream.” Illustrated with gorgeous photographs by Helen Cathcart, and filled with sumptuous recipes, "Venice: Recipes Lost and Found" provides a passport to Venice's culinary past as well as a guide to current trends in Northern Italian cooking. As an added bonus, Katie and Giancarlo include a list of their favorite restaurants in Venice, so you too can search out the history of Venetian cuisine.Highly recommended. Be sure to read while sipping a glass of sparkling prosecco.