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Ciao Bella ➲ [Read] ➭ Ciao Bella By Tessa Kiros ➽ – Thomashillier.co.uk To Tessa Kiros, Venice isn t just a place to visit, it is also a place to discover inspiring magical moments She shares these special moments with foodies and fans in Venezia Food and Dreams This stun To Tessa Kiros, Venice isn t just a place to visit, it is also a place to discover inspiring magical moments She shares these special moments with foodies and fans in Venezia Food and Dreams This stunning book is so muchthan a cookbook It s a personal journal, a travel guide, and a memoir about Tessa s love for Venice, Italy, and its special place in her heart and palateIn Venezia, cooks awake to amazing recipes and four color photographs focusing on the fascinating city and its famous fare Chapters include Eating in Venice, Essential Recipes, Cicchetti small bites , Antipasti, Zuppa Pasta Gnocchi, Risotto, Secondi, Contorni sides , and Dolce sweet things Venice is like when you hear a piece of music that scoops down into your soul, or notice a real tear getting ready to drop from the eye of an unlucky child One of those rare moments when you grasp the magnificence of this world Yes, Venice is one of those places Tessa Kiros.


10 thoughts on “Ciao Bella

  1. Rosemary Rosemary says:

    An absolutely stunning book visually So much so that I considered buying it the first time I saw it, despte the fact I rarely eat seafood and that makes up the majority of these recipes When I stumbled across a cheap second hand copy I couldn t resist I m yet to make any of the recipes but will definitely be trying a few, even some with seafood.


  2. AJ WEI AJ WEI says:

    My Bible when cooking


  3. C. Thompson C. Thompson says:

    Venezia Food Dreams is a love letter to Venice Reading it and cooking from it is a bit like looking at a Caravaggio painting The dreamlike colors of the photos, the lovely setting of Venice, the simple yet forthright recipes This book is written, photographed and designed in a dreamlike fashion one that is so often associated with Venice Tessa Kiros knows her subject well In addition to the wonderful recipes, Kiros sprinkles in her thoughts, and comments her experiences in the city in the form of poetic moments Many of the photos are of the city itself and its citizens, or of the colorful buildings, or of Carnival not only of food and recipes This book is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have come across in a long time And the food and recipes, as I came to find out, are as delicious as the book is beautiful.Kiros divides the book into sections that mirror an Italian menu Antipasti, Zuppa Pasta Gnocchi, Risotto, Secondi, Contorni, and Dolci with additional sections on Essential Recipes and Cicchetti, small bites unique to Venice As she unfolds the sections she weaves in her thoughts and comments about Venice, about a dish, a little history, or a moment in time In one she describes trying to stand up in a gondola like the Venetians do feet apart to steady yourself so you won t fall down She mentions that a sure sign of a tourist is one who sits versus stands Standing up allows people to ride I loved reading this I laughed when I saw in the front of the book in the Essential Recipes section that the first entry is Polenta with recipes for both fast using instant and slow preparations I like that it s the first thing you see and that she offers both ways of cooking the dish It s a nice starting point From there it s a slow, leisurely roller coaster ride through an Italian menu via the dishes of Venice As Venice is known for its seafood many of the recipes have fish and seafood in them Sardines, scampi, octopus, baccala, anchovies, clams, scallops, branzino, crab, calamari, appear in every other recipe Dishes like Spaghetti al Nero de Seppie, Spagehtti with Squid Ink to a simple, ubiquitous Mista de Pesce Mixed Grilled Fish Other interludes involve her trying to get the locals to divulge their recipes she writes that while Venetians offer up directions at the drop of a cappello, getting them to give up secrets to their cooking is not so easy.Over a recent weekend I cooked several recipes from the book Polpette di carne Meatballs , Bigoili in salsa Healthy pasta with anchovies onions , Brasato con amarone di valpolicella Braised beef with amarone , Radicchio al limone Radicchio in lemon , Fast Polenta I can say that they all worked beautifully and were huge hits with my dinner guests At one meal we ate the braised beef, the raddichio and the polenta the oohs and ahhs didn t stop until the last morsel was consumed It was truly, restaurant outings included, the best thing I ve made and eaten in a very long time I chose the beef dish as I wanted to buy meat from a new local butcher McCall s Meat Fish Co located in the Loz Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles The piece of chuck that butcher Nathan McCall sold me was perfection Combined with the amazing recipe it was an incredible thing A dish I will make again, and again, and one I highly recommend And it couldn t have been easier to prepare The radicchio saut ed in olive oil, salt and pepper then simmered in lemon juice for ten minutes was a beautiful combination of bitter plant, tart lemon juice, olive oil and saltiness so simple yet so satisfying The next night for Sunday dinner I made the meatballs and the pasta The pasta dish was wonderful a slight hint of the sea due to the anchovies, the cooked down to sweetness onions a perfect compliment This dish would be great for a light meal, add a green salad perfetto The meatball dish was the only one I had any trouble with but I think it may have had to do with operator error than a flaw in the recipe For some reason my guesses too much oil, not hot enough, meatballs not cold enough, pan too crowded, ratio of beef to potato wrong I couldn t get the meatballs to stay together when I cooked them I would have liked the recipe to offer a tad guidance during the cooking process That s my only critique We still ate them, they were still very good.I love this book There are so many recipes I still want to try Dishes I ve eaten on my travels in Italy, or at restaurants here in the U.S but have never made at home I ve never made anything with squid ink, I d like to try Maiale al latte Pork in milk because I ve heard of it before and it intrigues me, and I ve never made a salt cod preparation at home either So one day soon, back in the kitchen with Venezia Food Dreams, and Venetian cooking, eating and dreaming.


  4. Sandra Lassiter Sandra Lassiter says:

    Stunning That is the word that comes to mind to perfectly describe this book A gorgeous cover, delectable recipes and fascinating history, this book is a love affair with Venice The book starts with a letter, rules for eating in Venice, and then we dive into the recipes She starts with Essentials those recipes that she considers a must have to cook Venetian food From Polenta both the fast and the slow method to Bussolai Bread Bangles , Mostarda di Frutta Quince Mustard and a few drinks I don t drink, so half of that section I skipped completely.From Essentials she moves on to Cicchetti Small Bites , Antipasti, Zuppa Pasta Gnocchi, Risotto, Secondi, Contorni Sides and Dolci Sweets There is definitely something for everyone You can find everything from Intruglio, a delightful appetizer consisting of different olives, sun dried tomatoes, cheeses, oil and herbs to the quintessential classics such as Fritto Misto di Pesce, Bollito di Carne, Spaghetti Nero di Seppie Spaghetti with Squid Ink and Tiramisu.My husband is very careful with his diet, and I was looking for a new way to cook the ever present chicken breasts so I tried Pollo con Pomodoro in Tecia Chicken in Tomato I substituted chicken breasts for a cut up chicken, but it was a definite hit It made a nice change and the flavors were lovely.If you like seafood, you ll love this book Many of the recipes include some sort of seafood, and are an absolute delight The desserts are classic Italian and to die for Venice is calling your name Take a tour of the fascinating place and cook some delectable Venetian food for supper You won t regret it I received a copy of this book from Murdoch Books through IPG for my honest review All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  5. Christine Christine says:

    Glowing and bronzed, the book whispers from the shelf open me I am caught It s alluringly rich with memories and recipes, the food seductively photographed I come away from the first read of Venezia Food and Dreams enchanted.You see, I have been to Venice, and this cannot be the same city I visited I recognize it from the photos, but the food, the food , so lush and local and homey and ancient That s not what I ate Yet it s exactly what I looked for when I traveled there, what I expected to find by scouring dead end alley restaurants and tiny nook cafes for family fare And the last day of my trip, just before the hours of rushing to the train station on crowded water taxis after carting unwheeled luggage over a thousand bridges, I found exactly the ingredients this sort of food is made of fat chunks of parmesan, firm tart olives, wedges of herb flecked focaccia, handfuls of squid, and baskets of tomatoes, plums, apricots If only I could ve followed the food directly to the restaurants that cooked like this, the trip would have been heaven on a plate.Organized by traditional Italian courses, Kiros empowers readers to create a full menu using whatever ingredients are freshest As a vegetarian with limited fish intake, I was pleased to find so many things to make, at least one from every category Mozzarella in carrozza, one of my favorite Italian appetizers, are droolingly photographed in their deep fried glory, a dripping sandwich of mozzarella smashed between savory, egg battered bread An array of risottos, polentas, soups, and fried fish dishes had me salivating Gnocchi di zucca, winter squash gnocchi, is a toast to fall with nutmeg and sage, though shaping takes a few tries to perfect Almonds shine as the center of the sbriciolona, or crumbler cake, a divine addition to any casual dinner party as it perfectly finishes any meal without too much fuss.Though I m not certain it s possible to replicate the flavors of some recipes, including Kiros intruglio, an appetizer specific to Sergia s restaurant, without access to the produce and cheeses of Venice, I m willing to give it a go I imagine it will taste better if I close my eyes and remember dipping my fingers into the plastic bag of olives from the cheese mongers, following each with a fat bite of focaccia padded with fresh mozzarella It s simple yet exquisite, one of my standout meals, and this feels like Kiros wrote Venezia about it.


  6. Gail Cooke Gail Cooke says:

    While Venezia certainly contains a number of uniquely delicious recipes, it cannot be called merely a cookbook but perhaps appropriately referred to as a work of art It is among the most beautiful books I ve seen with a flower and food bedecked cover so inviting that you want to frame it plus gilt edged pages, and a black velvet ribbon bookmark The dedication page reads, For Venice may you stand strong and beautiful forever Obviously Kiros s words come from one who understands and loves this fabled city, and that love is clear for all to see in her musings sprinkled among recipes throughout Venezia s pages One of my favorites is As many times as I went out was as many times as I got lost But I was never lost I was always in Venice Those words certainly reflected my feelings about the city and, if you have visited perhaps yours, too The full color, full page photographs by Manos Charzikonstantis are spectacular When Venice is the subject his photos are far from the norm, always with a different perspective of the familiar, perhaps an unusual time of day revealing the magic of light on water When he aims a camera at finished recipes, the results are mouth wateringly perfect Kiros deivides the recipes in Venezia by course enabling us to prepare a full Venetian meal should we so choose Her dishes are both flavored with exoticism and traditional, accurate reflections of a sometimes mysterious, always inviting city The recipes are easy to follow from preparation to finish with ingredients found in most stores Now that we have a meal all that is lacking is having the stylist who set the book s tables bring his legerdemain to us Each presentation is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate Venezia is a book to treasure and one to dream on Gail Cooke


  7. Katie Katie says:

    First of all, this book is absolutely beautiful The photography is lovely, the gold, the sweeping font, it s just a stunning cookbook.This cookbook was filled with lots of recipes that made me want to go to Venice and have someone cook these dishes for me The book did not inspire me to make the dishes at home So I guess it is a successful travel book, but not a successful cookbook I found some of the recipes had items that were a little harder to come by so I wouldn t be able to replicate them at home with ease.Not surprisingly there are many fish and seafood recipes I should have guessed this ahead of time, but was surprised at just how many were included I myself don t cook a lot of fish, so right away about 1 3 of the book was not something that would tempt me to cook.I now feel that I have learned about the culinary traditions of Venice and I really am looking forward to visiting.I would recommend this book as a pretty coffee table cookbook, or to someone who likes some different fish seafood recipes glad I read it


  8. Paul Paul says:

    One of the most beautiful cookbooks in my possession The color photographs alone are worth the price of admission and the recipes are outstanding The main focus of course is fish and seafood but there are other recipes included which are typically Venetian the famed panini with crustless white bread and fresh mayonnaise, the Fegato alla Veneziana and so many delectable dishes Bon appetito


  9. Caroline Caroline says:

    This is such a gorgeous book A beautiful blending of travelogue and foodie memoir with some of the most stunning photography It perfectly captures the spirit and essence of Venice And it s lovely enough to leave out on the coffee table for people to daydream over Recommend I liked it so much I gave it to a dear friend for Christmas as a reminder of her trip to Venice this year My first Tessa book on recommendation from a friend, and am now off in search of .


  10. Deb Deb says:

    I love the lush beauty of the cookbooks Kiros creates Part travel journal, part cookbook, Veniza is no exception Full of delicious sounding recipes observations about the Venice, it belongs on both the coffee table and in the kitchen.The Gelato al Limone Lemon Ice Cream and Sgroppino Lemon Chill basically a Milkshake for adults are delicious Here s a link to the recipes and pictures


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