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This new book captures the essence of central Italian food and cooking, with a fascinating introduction to the diverse landscapes, climates, histories and cuisines of Lazio, Campania, Abruzzo, Molise and Sardinia. An in-depth guide to the traditional local ingredients of the area follows and includes pasta, artichokes and tomatoes; cheeses, such as Mozzarella, Pecori and Scamorza; and local delicacies, such as milk-fed lamb and saffron. The recipe section contains 65 delicious dishes, and includes classics, such as Pizza Napoletana, Pasta Carbonara and Chicken Cacciatora, as well as lesser-kwn regional specialites like Sardinian Saffron Risotto, Scamorza Crostini and Caprese Cake. With 370 photographs and a variety of cook's tips and variations, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to cook the world-famous dishes of Rome and Naples, and explore the cuisine of their surrounding regions.
Valentina Harris attained two diplomas for teaching and cooking at the Scuola di Alta Cucina Cordon Bleu School in Rome in 1976. In 1984 she published Perfect Pasta (Shuckburgh Reynolds), which won an award for literature and gastronomy in Germany. Many other books followed, as well as a six-part BBC television series, Italian Regional Cookery, in 1990. Valentina regularly features on radio and television, writes for national newspapers and magazines, and acts as a consultant to supermarkets, food manufacturers and restaurants. She holds cooking courses in Sardinia, Sicily and Tuscany under the name 'Villa Valentina'. For more information about Valentina visit www.cucinavalentina.co.uk. Martin Brigdale has specialized in food photography for more than 20 years. He has photographed more than 50 cookbooks, including Korean Cooking (Aquamarine), which won Best Asian Cuisine Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2006.