Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Florentine by Emiko Davies Review and Giveaway

A few months back a lovely publishing catalogue arrived at my home from the guys over at Hardie Grant publishing house. You know I love cookbooks don't you, they regularly feature on my blog. There were a number of fantastic cookbooks in the Spring/Summer line up and a couple which I knew I had to review. I think the on location photos lured me in, alongside Emiko's journey and love affair of Florence. Italian cuisine is probably one of the most published cuisines in the world and when you think a certain angle of Italian cuisine can not be covered it is. What I love about Florentine, The True Cuisine of Florence is that it's not pasta heavy, in fact Emiko shares a number of recipes which perhaps we would not ordinarily eat on a regular basis such as tripe, livers and rabbit. I suspect Emiko, has a sweet tooth, or that in fact the Florentines have a sweet tooth, as there are many mouthwatering sweet recipes. This cookery book also explores the history of Florentine cuisine from the Renaissance era to the present day.

I've tried three recipes so far, all meat free (what's happening to me). My only thing about this boo is there are a lot of baking recipes which need proving and resting, something which I wouldn't ordinarily have time.

What is impressive is that Emiko has taken stunning photographs of what, it would appear daily life in Florence. One which makes me want to jump on the nearest plane to Florence.
Here is what I've made so far:
Tuna and Butter Bean Salad (eggs added)

Fennel Fritata 

Florentine Style Peas.

The cook book is split into the following chapters:
  • La Pasticceria - The pastry shop - recipes to try include Apricot Jam Crostata, Doughnut Holes and Rice Fritters. 
  • Il Forno - The Bakery - Recipes to try (when you have time on your hands) is Grape Focaccia, Florentine Cake and Bar-Style Pizza. 
  • Il Mercato - The Market - Stand out recipes include Florentine Style Peas, Fennel Frittata and Tuna Bean and Onion Salad. 
  • La Trattoria - The Trattoria - recipes to try include Onion Soup, Florentine-Style Crepes and Pappardelle with Duck Sauce - how fab does this sound. 
  • Il Maccellaio - The Butcher - stand out recipes to include Chicken Cooked Under a Brick, Florentine Fried Chicken and Grilled Pork Ribs.
  • In Grio - Out and About - Truffle Sandwiches, Warm Brie and Spinach Roll and Crostini with Butter and Anchovies. 
Here is the recipe for Tuna, Bean and Onion Salad, as you can say I added a couple of eggs for good measure.

Ingredients
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
250ml boiling water
250g tinned tuna in brine, drained
350g drained cannelini beans (can be tinned)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
10-12 basic leaves, torn.

Method
To take the edge off the raw onion, put the slices in a mixing bowl and pour boiling water over the top. Let the slices sit for about 5-10 minutes so they are still crunchy and sweet, drain. Combine the onion with the remaining ingredients in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper, toss together and serve. 

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63 comments

  1. I'm quiet simple in my tastes I like any pasta dish :)

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  2. ever since i went to italy it has to be gnocchi

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  3. A lovely creamy carbonara

    Kirsty Fox

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  4. My favourite Italian recipe will always be lasagne.

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  5. It has to be lasagne.The best lasagne I ever had was on holiday in Sorrento.

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  6. my favourite is carbonara i think :) but i love risotto too. my favourite food is everything italian!

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  7. I love a good lasagne, with a mixed salad and of course, a good pinot grigio!

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  8. That is so difficult to choose as italian is my favourite food anyway, Lasagna or piccata Milanese

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  9. Any pasta with a tomato sauce - I do have a preference for arrabiata though

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  10. I love calzone with any type of mushroom.

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  11. I love carbonara but its sooo fattening

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  12. i love chicken tagliatelle

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  13. I love Italian food, but I think my favourite recipe would be Lasagne

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  14. I make Carbonarra a lot for me and the children, we love it.x

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  15. It's boring - but a Hawaiian pizza.

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  16. focaccia,drizzled with olive oil

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  17. Balsamic Strawberry Pizza on a Spring day :)

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  18. Can't go wrong with lasagne! :)

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  19. Italians are brilliant at making simple food delicious. I love pizza and I love pasta but the most memorable thing I ever had in an Italian restaurant were some delicious stuffed courgette flowers. So good!

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  20. It depends on my mood, I love lots of Italian foods, with cold April showers falling outside a nice warming risotto would hit the spot today :)

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  21. Pasta Pescatore loaded with prawn, mussels and squid .... delicious

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  22. I love a delicious creamy risotto.

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  23. spinach and ricotta cannelloni

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  24. spinach and ricotta cannelloni

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  25. Spagetti Carbonara and I've got to have garlic bread with it.

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