The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

Bocca Ja­cob Kenedy (Blooms­bury Pub­lish­ing, $69.99) IT was the big­gest dis­ap­point­ment of my last trip to Lon­don — ar­riv­ing at the much-vaunted Bocca di Lupo restau­rant in Soho to find a queue longer than a Bri­tish win­ter and friends so hun­gry they were in dan­ger of gnaw­ing their arms off. With lit­tle chance of a ta­ble within the hour, we de­camped to lesser-pop­u­lated sur­rounds, and the chance to try Ja­cob Kenedy’s award-win­ning Ital­ian cui­sine slipped through our fin­gers. With lo­cal crit­ics wax­ing lyri­cal about the food — ‘‘my tongue is still singing, my lips quiv­er­ing, my brain danc­ing’’, read one par­tic­u­larly flow­ery re­view — it was a cruel blow. But ev­ery cloud has a sil­ver lin­ing and mine comes in the form of this com­pi­la­tion of recipes gath­ered by Kenedy as he tra­versed Italy over a year. Lardo and wal­nuts from Pied­mont, fried stuffed olives from Le Marche and Cal­abrian orec­chi­ette with nduja are some of the dishes set to re­store my good cheer, as are Howard Soo­ley’s fab­u­lous pho­tos.

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