Nowhere is food as much a part of everyday life as Italy - a country whose unique topography has resulted in distinct regional differences that are vibrantly alive and passionately celebrated. Following the success of Two Greedy Italians, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo embark on a journey to explore Italy's distinct and varied terrains, and to find out how these have shaped the produce and, in turn, the peoples and their traditions. From snow-peaked mountains to lush plains, our two greedy Italians go in search of their homeland's varied culinary styles. They venture into the Alps for comfort food - those heart-warming dishes based around the use of butter, potatoes, polenta and rice. They head to the sea to uncover the many delicious fish and shellfish dishes emanating from this magnificent peninsula with its 1500 miles of coastline, as well as the distinctive cuisine of the Italian islands. Finally, they examine the rich agricultural plains through which flow some of the greatest rivers in Europe - in particular the Po in the north and the Tiber in the centre - revealing their historic influence on the foods grown and cooked within these regions. Containing over 80 mouth-watering recipes and breathtaking photography, Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy showcases the wisdom and passion of these two men for their native land, its people and produce. It is an essential book for anyone with an interest in this extraordinary country and its food.
Antonio Carluccio is one of Italy's great food ambassadors. He has written fourteen bestselling books, including Complete Italian Food, Complete Mushroom Book, Italia and Simple Cooking and has also made numerous television programmes. With Priscilla Carluccio he ran the Neal Street Restaurant in London's Covent Garden and spent 10 years developing the hugely successful Carluccio's Caffes. In 1998 he was given the Commendatore award - the equivalent of a British knighthood - for his knowledge, enthusiasm and lifetime's service to the Italian food industry. In 2007 he received the O.B.E. Author Location: London Gennaro Contaldo is widely known as the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking. He is also a highly respected chef in London and a renowned personality in his own right. Gennaro's quintessentially Italian spirit has made him a TV favourite, regularly appearing on BBC's Saturday Kitchen. He has written five cookbooks, of which Passione was awarded Best Italian Cookbook at the World Gourmand Awards in 2004. Author Location: London