This beautiful new book opens with an introduction to the landscape, climate, history and cuisine of each region, as well as the wonderful festivals that take place, and the foods that accompany them. This is followed by a guide to classic ingredients of these regions, including raddicchio Trevisano, white asparagus, Asiago cheese, speck, Lamon beans, and famous wines, such as Bardolino and Prosecco. A collection of 65 authentic recipes follows, with chapters covering the full range of courses, including Soups and Antipasti; Pasta, Gnocchi, Rice and Polenta; Fish and Shellfish; Poultry, Meat and Game; Eggs, Vegetables and Cheese; and Desserts and Baking. With 370 inspiring photographs and cook's tips and variations, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to explore the unusual cuisine of Venice and north-eastern Italy.
Valentina Harris is a noted authority on Italian food and food culture. In 1984 she published her first cookbook, 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. The book of the series, Italian Regional Cookery, became a top-ten bestseller. Since then, Valentina has written many books, including The Cooking of Tuscany (Sainsburys); and Southern Italian Cooking (Pavilion). For more information about Valentina and her books, visit www.cucinavalentina.co.uk. Martin Brigdale has specialized in food photography for over 20 years. He has photographed over 50 cookbooks, including Korean Cooking (Aquamarine), which won Best Asian Cuisine Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2006.