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Venice: Recipes Lost and Found

by Katie Caldesi

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Katie Caldesi and Giancarlo Cadesi, the couple behind a series of greater London based culinary enterprises, have a new book out: "Venice: Recipes Lost and Found." Searching an anonymously authored 14th-century Venetian manuscript "Libro per Cuoco" (Book for Cook) for clues, the authors lead us through an engaging culinary mystery. Why did Venice, once renowned for its extravagantly spiced food, seem to forget its storied past? Researching the case, Giancarlo worked in a marvelous Venetian restaurant situated near Piazza San Marco - the Bistrot de Venise - and gathered recipe ideas from their historically inspired dishes. Katie and Giancarlo also wandered through the maze of Venetian streets, searching for memories of the Serenissima's culinary history. From the city's last remaining spice shop, on the Calle degli Spezieri (Street of the Spice Merchants), to the numerous bàcari and cicchetti bars, and to Venice's seemingly hidden but resurgent gourmet restaurants, the Caldesi's find answers to their questions and share with us their delicious findings. Giancarlo in an interview about the book with Felicity Cloake said,“Even today, for the Italians, Venice is a region apart. When the Roman empire fell, the people there felt no one would protect them, so they had to swim to the islands, to close themselves off. It’s a fantastic place, more than a dream.” Illustrated with gorgeous photographs by Helen Cathcart, and filled with sumptuous recipes, "Venice: Recipes Lost and Found" provides a passport to Venice's culinary past as well as a guide to current trends in Northern Italian cooking. As an added bonus, Katie and Giancarlo include a list of their favorite restaurants in Venice, so you too can search out the history of Venetian cuisine.

Highly recommended. Be sure to read while sipping a glass of sparkling prosecco. ( )
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