Giorgio Locatelli is the chef/owner of Locanda Locatelli in England. I was contacted by his publisher recently asking if I’d like a review copy of his book. Since I have enjoyed two of his earlier books, and I have a vast collection of Italian cookbooks, I was pleased to accept a copy. Though he now lives primarily in London, chef Locatelli grew up in Lombardy and has a second home in one of my favorite regions, Puglia. The recipes in this cookbook reflect his knowledge of regional Italian cooking and is packed with 150 recipes.
As is described in the book, the recipes in this latest books are the kind of recipes you would cook in your own kitchen. They are simple, rustic recipes that are easily tackled by even the novice cook, but are delicious and varied enough to please the more experienced cook.
The book is broken down into the usual categories to take you through the entire day, and most recipes are accompanied by gorgeous color photos. Studded throughout the book are groupings of four recipes over two pages featuring a single ingredient with photos. For example, for Aubergines (Eggplant) the group of four includes Char-grilled & Marinated Eggplant, Caviar, Parmigiana, and Pickled.
Made At Home Categories;
Seasonal Salads and Vegetables,
Panini, Crostini, Pies and Other Snacks
Pasta, Rice & Pizza
Favorite Fish & Seafood
Grilled Meats, Roasts & Stews
Cakes, Treats & Ice Cream
This cookbook includes many typical recipes that one would expect to find in any Italian cookbook such as Eggplant Parmesan, Pappa Pomodoro, Cherry Tomato Focaccia, & Roast Chicken, but also has a variety of unique recipes that combine regional ingredients in ways you do not often see. A couple of recipes I have tried from this cookbook that I thoroughly enjoyed include Pasta Fagioli With Mussels, and Gnocchi With Taleggio, Radicchio, and Walnuts. Both recipes included a mix of ingredients that I wouldn’t have thought to put together myself, but the final results were absolutely delicious. I am looking forward to trying many more recipes in this book!
I recommend Made at Home for anyone looking to buy an Italian cookbook packed with recipes that celebrate Italian seasonal ingredients for the home cook to enjoy. Although a few of the listed elements may not be accessible to everyone, there are natural substitutions you can make to create dishes that will impress family and guests alike. If you want to read more about this cookbook or wish to purchase it, just click on the links below.
Made at Home by Giorgio Locatelli
4th Estate Publishers