Polpo : A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts)

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Tucked away in a backstreet of London's edgy Soho district, POLPO is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up dishes from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this kind of cooking is unfussy, innovative and exuberantly delicious. The 140 recipes in the book include caprese stacks; zucchini shoestring fries; asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter; butternut risotto; arancini, rabbit cacciatore; warm duck salad with wet walnuts and beets; crispy baby pizzas with prosciutto and rocket; scallops with lemon and peppermint; mackerel tartare; linguine with clams; whole sea bream; warm octopus salad; soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel salad; walnut and honey semifreddo; tiramisu; fizzy bellinis and glasses of bright orange spritz. With luminescent photography by Jenny Zarins, which captures the unfrequented corners, the bustling bacari and the sublime waterways of Venice, POLPO is a dazzling tribute to Italy's greatest hidden cuisine.

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 265 x 269 x 180mm | 1,140g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Colour
  • 1408816792
  • 9781408816790
  • 8,329

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A marvellously useful guide to anyone who actually wants to cook -- Cary Gee Tribune Wonderful ... the dishes are simple, with relatively few ingredients, but they're inspired. The grilled courgettes with toasted breadcrumbs, for instance, was sublime. The pages of my book are already smeared with olive oil and egg; a good sign -- Melanie McDonagh Evening Standard A present for the greedy gourmets in your life Observer Delicious Mail on Sunday Gorgeous Daily Mail Praise for the restaurant: It is inspiring when done this well Daily Telegraph A brilliant Italian bacaro in London's Soho -- Jay Rayner Observer Simply the best value in the West End -- Aa Gill Sunday Times

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About Russell Norman

Russell Norman spent four years running some of London's most venerated restaurants in the Caprice Holdings group, before turning his back on the high life, getting a tattoo of an octopus on his back and setting up his own place in scruffy Soho. Fusing the energy of New York with the cuisine of Venice, it was an instant hit. POLPO has been followed in quick succession by Polpetto, da Polpo, Spuntino and Mishkin's. Russell Norman lives in London. @PolpoSoho

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