FRANCESCA’S ITAL­IAN KITCHEN

NZ House & Garden - - DRINKS -

Francesca Voza and James Sta­p­ley, Pen­guin, $50, 240 pages, pa­per­back

This spin-off from the trio of Francesca’s Ital­ian restau­rants in Wanaka, Dunedin and Christchurch has home-cook friendly pas­tas, piz­zas, an­tipasti, mains, dolci and cock­tails. Chefs’ tips, step-by-step guides (for ex­am­ple, for can­noli and gnoc­chi) and a chap­ter on ba­sics add to its use­ful­ness. Buy it for some­one who loves cook­ing Ital­ian or sim­ply wants to turn out re­ally good piz­zas from their wood-fired oven.

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