Ian Sutton wrote:Interested in peoples views on the "Silver spoon" book (supposedly the Italian cooking bible). Is it to be worshipped on a shelf or a practical guide to culinary enlightenment?
Ian, I love the Silver Spoon, but you should be aware that it's not by any means a "gourmet-style" Italian cookbook. Rather, it's a direct English translation of a much-loved Italian family book that's more focused on everyday fare than restaurant-style dishes, and that includes a few such exotica as Italian takes on Chinese and Mexican dishes for family enjoyment.
Here's a short review I wrote some time back. Since it was buried at the foot of a FoodLetter, I'll just paste it here rather than linking to it:
<i>Book preview: The Silver Spoon</i>
This hefty volume, Italy's answer to The Joy of Cooking, has just come out in English. It's too recent an arrival to justify a full review, but after a quick scan, and trying a couple of quick side-dish and vegetable recipes (a simple steamed cauliflower dish cloaked with a silken instant sauce of beaten egg, and a mess of fresh greens wrapped in foil with garlic, oil and lemon and baked at high heat), I'm already learning to love it.
Thick as a brick but much more readable, it contains thousands of Italian recipes - not fancy restaurant stuff, but the dishes that good Italian cooks make at home, ranging from spaghetti and meatballs to, well, gazpacho and stir-fried green beans with sesame seeds.
It's not a high-budget book: With its cheap hard-coated cardboard cover, thin paper, low-budget photos and design and typography that fall a bit short of prime time, it's far from a slick, professional volume. But it's the contents that count, and this treasure trove of things Italian is a must-have, at least for me.
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