Let’s face it as a Foodie, is there such a thing as having too many cookbooks? No of course not!
Through twitter Quadrille publishing asked for some people to review the latest Italian cookery book Two Greedy Italians, not only are we off to Italy on holiday this year but Italian is one of our favourite cuisine’s, so I signed up!
Two Greedy Italian’s is a collaboration between Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo and is full of amazing photographs of nearly every region in Italy, every recipe has a wonderful narrative as to why they love certain recipes which I love, most of the recipes don’t have a arm load of ingredients which is typical Italian, just keeping it simple!
The recipe I chose to try was a fish dish.
Il Dentice di Gennaro – Gennaro’s Sea Bream.
4 Sea bream fillets (I used Sea bass)
6 tbsp extra olive oil
2 Garlic cloves chopped
1 tbsp capers
4 anchovy fillets
200ml white wines
300g cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper
150g black olives
Place the fish fillets in a bowl, squeeze over the lemon juice and leave marinate for 30 mins.
Preheat the oven 200c.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the chopped garlic , capers and anchovy fillets for a couple of minute’s, until the anchovies have dissolved. Add half the wine and simmer until evaporated and then add the cherry toms, squash them slightly. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minute’s then add the olives and continue to cook for another five minute’s.
Place the fish in a ovenproof dish (I used a ovenproof frying pan, so placed the fish on top) add the remaining white wine, the sauce and a drizzle of olive oil, cover with foil and bake for 10 minute’s then take the foil off to allow the fish skin to become crispy.
Remove from oven allow to cool and serve with some good bread or new potatoes.
This recipe was wonderful, the flavour of the olives , tomatoes and the fish worked well together. I enjoyed making the dish and this is a wonderful cookbook full of recipes that you will be able to cook at home.
I would recommend adding this to your Italian cookery book collection!
Two Greedy Italian is widely avialable RRP £20 or at amazon.co.uk