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Venetian Taste

Venetian Taste

by Adam D. Tihany
     
 
Entertaining Venetian-style is celebrated in a luscious volume.

In this splendidly illustrated cookbook presenting some 100 recipes, the Venetian table and entertaining style are celebrated as never before. Although Italian cooking is enjoying an enormous popularity, the specialties of Venice's fascinating cuisine are less well known. With this long overdue

Overview

Entertaining Venetian-style is celebrated in a luscious volume.

In this splendidly illustrated cookbook presenting some 100 recipes, the Venetian table and entertaining style are celebrated as never before. Although Italian cooking is enjoying an enormous popularity, the specialties of Venice's fascinating cuisine are less well known. With this long overdue cookbook-created by a five-star team of experts led by Adam D. Tihany with recipes by the Venetian chef Francesco Antonucci, text by Florence Fabricant, food artistry by Nir Adar, and photographs by Peter Pioppo-it is now possible to prepare the delicious foods of Venice in a home kitchen. This enticing book features clearly written, authentic recipes specially adapted for easy preparation with lively comments, inventive tips, and insights regarding Venice. The inspiring photographs, especially commissioned for this book, marvelously portray the dishes, often in a Venetian setting, capturing the essence of the fabled city.

While Venice has bedazzled visitors for centuries, the cooking style is equally enchanting, yet distinctive in its simplicity. It is based primarily on fresh vegetables and fruits and the bounty of the sea, seasoned with herbs and spices from centuries of world trade. Decidedly Italian, it also incorporates elements from Spanish, Turkish, Persian, Byzantine, Jewish, and Chinese traditions. Despite their exotic origin, many recipes are uncomplicated and easy to prepare, appealing to today's concern for healthy, tasty foods tempered with a few irresistible indulgences. Here is the traditional food of Venice inventively updated for the contemporary cook, including antipasto, risottos, pasta, vegetables,seafood, poultry, meats, and sweets, plus drinks and wine.

More than an invaluable cookbook, this is also a lifestyle book showing how to create a Venetian table at home, using carefully chosen glassware, linen, and other details of entertaining that transform even an ordinary meal into a special event. In an inspiring chapter devoted to menus, several Venetians share their cooking and style ideas. There are also suggestions about where to dine in Venice as well as sources for tableware. Everyone who loves food, cooking, or entertaining will want to own this captivating book.

Other Details: 148 full-color illustrations 192 pages 9 7/8 x 9 7/8" Published 1996

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This visually striking cookbook floats tuna carpaccio in an eddy of Venetian waters, courtesy of photographer Peter Pioppo. And while it's a truism that many lavishly illustrated cookbooks are knockouts, here this bears repeating. The volume's outstanding design places descriptive text squarely on the page, provides photos as off-center attractions that will detain and recipes stacked up in sidebars. Full-page color photos are often so artfully composed that one can forget they concern food at all. To read is to travel among enviable dinner tables, with glances cast at Venetian canals and fruit stalls, and pauses as readers may try to imagine whether they could produce equivalent results with pumpkin gnocchi, polenta with wild mushrooms or tuna ravioli with ginger. In most cases, the answer is yes-though perhaps with less fastidiously styled panache. Antonucci is the chef of Remi, the New York restaurant; Tihany is co-proprietor of the same, and of its cousins in Mexico City, Tel Aviv and elsewhere; Fabricant (Pleasure of the Table) is a New York Times writer. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558595484
Publisher:
Abbeville Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
10.27(w) x 10.22(h) x 0.80(d)

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Foreword

"...in my opinion, if the earthly paradise where Adam dwelled with Eve were like Venice, Eve probably would have had a hard time to tempt him out of it with any fig. For it would have been another matter to lose Venice, where there are so many lovely things, than to lose that place where there are nothing but figs, melons, and grapes."—Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)

As anyone who has ever been truly in love with a city like Venice knows, the only way to share the experience is to take someone special by the hand and patiently and lovingly explore and savor the beauty, the secrets, and the rich unforgettable flavors.

Famous for centuries, Venice's courts, piazzas, theaters, coffee houses, and restaurants and even her dank alleyways and shadowed canals have attracted visitors from all over the world eager to taste of her culture. Lovers of the unusual, of exquisite detail, mysterious beauty, and complex flavors have flocked to Venice, drawn by her art, music, artisanry, and gastronomy and also bringing their own contributions to enhance her complex splendor. The city has absorbed all this, layer upon layer, century after century, to emerge a glorious and undisputed universal attraction that constantly eludes definition.

Like others who have come under her spell, I have found Venice to be a major source of inspiration. Her rich history, evident even in the most trivial detail of Venetian everyday life, has always stimulated my creative process. Every trip to Venice adds another meaning to the word "style" in my life, not to mention a couple of pounds—deliciously acquired—to my body. To help me share this love affair with you, Francesco Antonucci, my partner,who is a great Venetian, as well as a chef, opened his recipe book and heart; and together with friends like Florence Fabricant, Nir Adar, and Peter Pioppo, we created this book for all of you to enjoy.

Come, join us on this journey over water and experience the magic of "Venetian Taste"!

Adam D. Tihany

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