The Weekend Australian - Travel - - FOOD DETECTIVE -

WITH 1500 orig­i­nal recipes, LaCucina d’Oro:FineCon­tem­po­raryCuisine­fromthe ModernI­tal­ianKitchen (Tan­dem Books, dis­trib­uted by Book­wise In­ter­na­tional, $79.95) is the English edi­tion of an Ital­ian book pub­lished in 2006. The cui­sine is never static or even clas­sic; the ed­i­tor writes an in­tro­duc­tion chal­leng­ing the pop­u­lar idea of clas­sic Ital­ian, the dishes here be­ing new or rein­ven­tions of tra­di­tion. A book of en­cy­clo­pe­dic thick­ness, it is de­signed for use, its open pages ly­ing beau­ti­fully flat, each recipe com­plete on the page and clearly set out, some with small mono pho­to­graphs, while full-colour pages are in­ter­spersed through­out the book, more for in­ter­est than in­struc­tion. Recipes are marked for dif­fi­culty and di­rec­tions leave room for cre­ativ­ity. Its cover invit­ingly ra­di­ant, with a golden yolk-driz­zled ravi­olo, this is a book for the se­ri­ous ev­ery­day cook. Ju­dith Elen

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