I am unashamedly obsessed with Jamie Oliver. He is without a doubt the reason I fell in love with food, giving me the confidence to test, try, adjust, play and create. And while I have been loving his last few releases (I am currently working my way through 5 Ingredients), my favourite recipes are still those inspired by his trips through Italy. So that’s why I really, really want his new book dropping in July: Jamie Cooks Italy.
Are we drooling yet?
From his early days working with Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo to his famous stint at the River Café, Italian food has always had a special place in Jamie’s repertoire. Just follow his Instagram stories to see him create the best, simplest pastas for his family.
Over the past two years Jamie has visited Italy whenever possible, travelling from the mountains in the north to the islands in the south, getting right to the heart of the food, people and places he loves. During this journey, he noticed that despite the world-famous Italian passion for food, there’s been a decline in how beloved family recipes are being passed from generation to generation. Busy lives and an increasing dependence on technology means it’s often easier to cut corners, and those all-important tips and decades of food knowledge are being lost. That’s where his latest book comes in.
Jamie Cooks Italy, to be published by Michael Joseph on 12 July 2018, contains more than 140 new recipes that not only celebrate Jamie’s great love of Italian food, but also acknowledge what the Italian nonnas and the mammas can teach us. From Sicilian Artichokes to beef Stracotto, Salina Chicken and Baked Risotto Pie to Stuffed Focaccia and Amalfi Lemon Tart, Jamie Cooks Italy will let us recreate the true tastes of Italy at home.
“Whether it’s recipe principles, flavour combinations, tips or techniques, I’ve gathered all this incredible insight in order to share with you the true heart and soul of Italian food, expressed through fresh, achievable recipes in an accessible modern way,” Jamie said of the book.
They are promising the well-loved mix of quick fixes and simple dishes with just a handful of ingredients to more indulgent cooking for weekends and special occasions.
Yeah, this one is definitely going into my collection. Do you want it?