Author(s): Katie Caldesi
Katie Caldesi travelled the rice fields of Italy's northern provinces and the lemon groves of the south, the richly diverse urban and rural terrains and patchwork regions. She collated recipes, techniques and ingredients to create this unique compendium of Italian food. "The Italian Cookery Course" will guide you through the vast collection of famous recipes and lesser-known regional dishes, with clear instruction on how to replicate them at home. The book is broken down into straightforward chapters including 'Meat', 'Fish', 'Dolci' and 'Cheese'. Each chapter contains 'masterclasses' on technique, revealing the practical secrets of Italian cooking and giving the reader new confidence in the kitchen. All this is interwoven with fascinating narration about the culinary influences that have come together to create this wonderful cuisine.
Owner of London's Caldesi Restaurant and Caffe Caldesi, Katie is also the principal of the cookery school, La Cucina Caldesi, where she teaches alongside some of the biggest names in Italian cuisine, including Gennaro Contaldo, Ursula Ferrigno and Valentina Harris. Previous cookery publications co-authored with her husband Giancarlo include "Italian Mama's Kitchen" and "Return to Tuscany", the cookbook that accompanied a BBC2 TV series which chronicled the couple's trip to Tuscany to rediscover Giancarlo's culinary roots.