Gen­naro’s Ital­ian Bak­ery

NZ House & Garden - - ART, B O O K S & B LO GS -

Ital­ian baker Gen­naro Con­taldo’s pas­sion for bak­ing is ev­i­dent on ev­ery page of this book, a vol­ume that will be of in­ter­est to the be­gin­ner and the ex­pe­ri­enced bread baker alike. In­struc­tions for ba­sic bread-mak­ing tech­niques, ac­com­pa­nied by ex­plana­tory pho­tos, are easy to fol­low. Tra­di­tional recipes, mod­i­fied for the home kitchen, in­clude fo­cac­cia, panini, grissini, bis­cotti and panet­tone as well as lesser known Ital­ian breads, tarts and cakes. Pizza fea­tures promi­nently and Con­taldo’s handy tips for pizza doughs and clas­si­cal top­pings will en­sure mas­tery of the art. Most breads are ac­com­pa­nied by a brief his­tory of their ori­gins, mak­ing this beau­ti­ful book more than just a col­lec­tion of recipes. Vir­ginia Pawsey is a writer and keen bread maker artists. He be­came famous for his sur­real, car­toony posters and T-shirts fea­tur­ing alien be­ings and hy­brid beasts. Most en­dear­ing and en­dur­ing are his lyri­cal, sim­pli­fied land­scapes with trees and houses. His treat­ment of tricky sub­jects like water, clouds, night scenes, light and shade can be mas­ter­ful. The il­lus­tra­tions are as good as you can get and, be­cause Mom­bassa works mainly in small scale, this large book is the next best thing to hav­ing a col­lec­tion of his art. War­wick Brown

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