Saturday, May 28, 2011

Antonio Carluccio's six favorite books

Antonio Carluccio became the manager of Terence Conran's Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden in 1981, and became its owner in 1989. (Jamie Oliver, the celebrity chef, got his professional start under Carluccio at the restaurant, which is now closed.)

Carluccio has written over a dozen books on Italian cuisine and mushrooms, and appeared on television in the BBC's Food and Drink Programme, and in his own series Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feasts in 1996. In 2011 his travels around Italy were filmed for the BBC series Two Greedy Italians.

For The Daily Express he named his six favorite books.

One title on his list:
Italian Cuisine: A Cultural History
by Alberto Capatti and Massimo Montanari

This was recommended to me by a friend, and it really does tell you everything you could possibly want to known about Italian cooking, from a historical viewpoint. The sort of book to dip in and out of, it’s a must-buy if you love Italian cuisine.
Read about the other books on Carluccio's list.

--Marshal Zeringue