COOKBOOKS, FOOD + DRINK | November 21, 2008

David Rocco’s Cookbook Hits the Stores

david rocco\'s dolce vita cookbook

I received my copy this morning from Amazon. The book delivers over 365 pages of beautiful photography, lifestyle and recipes.

David defines dolce vita as “being present in those moments in life that bring you joy.” So basically it is about happiness. And happy moments often happen with friends and family over a meal. Remember this fact as you prepare your Thanksgiving dinner.

Pure and simple

Italian cooking relies on simple, fresh ingredients. Italian recipes enhance the flavours in a few steps. This is because the Italian cooking that survives the passage of time are the cooking of the farming class. David Rocco’s Dolce Vita cookbook is filled with such recipes.

The text is written over different backgrounds. Although it is charming, it can be harder to read on a few pages. But most of the time, the contrast is more than enough. Fans will recognize several shots for the TV series. There are also new pictures.

Food and Drinks

There are a few cocktail recipes including my favorite: the Negroni which is equal parts (typically 3/4 ounce) of sweet Vermouth, gin and Campari.

I learn of a variation that I will definitely try. Negroni Sbagliato replaces the gin by Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine that is not made with the “champenoise” method.

Both drinks are build as a short drink over ice and garnish with an orange slice.

You can meet David next Saturday, November 22, from 1 pm to 2pm at Costco, Woodbridge. Get directions

For my part, I will try his hot version of Spaghetti Al Limone tomorrow. I already have a bottle of white wine that pairs well with the citrus taste.

SOURCING:
+ For Canadians: David Rocco’s Dolce Vita Cookbook – $25.17 CAD
+ For Americans: David Rocco’s Dolce Vita Cookbook – $39.95 USD

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