A LITTLE FOOD FLIGHT READING
MELBOURNE chef and restaurateur Guy Grossi is one of Australia’s leading authorities on Italian cuisine and in this thumping great volume with a distinctive red cover he charts an epic journey through some of the most interesting food regions of the country of his heritage.
Grossi homes in on key ingredients (strawberries, buckwheat, artisanal cheeses, myriad seafood varieties) from Piedmont to Puglia, introducing the producers whose families have been farming and fishing for generations. Continuing the paddockto-plate theme, the Grossi Florentino owner and presenter of SBS television series Italian Food Safari transforms the freshly sourced produce in 150 recipes of the delectable likes of ricotta gnocchi smothered in butter and thyme; braised lentils with roasted duck and Tuscan kale; and a lemony and light olive oil cake.
Chapters are arranged by region, and scattered with anecdotes about Grossi’s childhood and family traditions. Mark Chew’s rustic food photography and evocative images of Venetian lagoons, sparkling Amalfi Coast beaches and Sicilian olive groves complete a very enticing picture.