Al Dente

Al Dente

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In Al Dente, William Black travels the length and breadth of Italy in order to get to the roots of Italian food. Our intrepid gastronome eats whatever gets in his way which often isn't quite what it seems. If it's cheese then it may be considered ripe only when it has been predigested by maggots or perhaps made solely from the milk of tired cows. A bowl of pasta might come with donkey sauce. A dish of wind dried tuna apparently includes its testicles. A lovely risotto has been made with seagull broth... William's dedication to his task knows alarmingly few bounds. His quest for the most delicious and authentic cooking and the very finest ingredients takes him to some wonderfully familiar places as well as others far off the beaten track: he drinks great coffee in Turin, chases rabbits in Ischia and views the mattanza, the annual tuna catch, off the coast of Sardinia. One minute he's scoffing eel brodetto, the next waxing lyrical about the joys of frog risotto. And as he eats his way to the country's culinary heart, he unearths the fascinating story of his own family's role in Italian history. A joy from cover to cover and 100 per cent mierda di bufala-free, Al Dente is a must for anyone with an interest in Italy or its food. It will probably make you want to book a holiday and it will certainly make you laugh.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 28mm | 340.2g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, map, ports.
  • 0552999989
  • 9780552999984
  • 1,346,470

Review quote

"'A delicious mixture that evokes Italy, both past and present'" * Woman & Home * "'This vibrant and witty account of his gastronomic travels through Italy combines mouth-watering descriptions of dishes and foodstuffs, simple authentic recipes and a travelogue that is as richly observed as it is fascinating'" * The Economist * "'For anyone who enjoys good food, Al Dente is a must'" * Financial Times * "'Al Dente is to Italian food what a map is to Italian roads - essential reading. I loved it!'" -- Giorgio Locatelli "'I couldn't put it down. They had to call me from the kitchen. When I was reading it I felt I was almost there. It brought a tear to my eye!'" -- Gennaro Contaldoshow more

Flap copy

Contrary to popular opinion, the answer to the question 'Where does pizza come from?' is not 'The freezer.' But it is true to say that many Italian foods are now part of our everyday diet. Pesto, Parmesan and ciabatta are on sale in every supermarket. In Al Dente, William Black travels the length and breadth of Italy to get to the roots of Italian food. His quest for the most delicious and authentic cooking and the very finest ingredients take him to wonderfully familiar places and hidden delights: he drinks coffee in Turin, and views the mattanza, the annual tuna catch, off the coast of Sardinia. And as he eats his way to the country's culinary heart, he unearths the fascinating story of his own family's role in Italian history. A joy from cover to cover. It will probably make you want to book a holiday and it will certainly make you laugh.show more

About William Black

is the author of AL DENTE and the co-author with Sophie Grigson of several bestselling books: Fish, Organic and Travels a la Carte. He was the winner of the Glenfiddich award for his television programme Matters of Taste and he has sourced ingredients (fish in particular) for many of the UK's finest restaurants. He lives in Oxfordshire.show more

Review Text

"'For anyone who enjoys good food, Al Dente is a must'"show more

Back cover copy

In Al Dente, William Black travels the length and breadth of Italy to get to the roots of Italian food. His dedication to his task knows alarmingly few bounds and he eats whatever gets in his way: cheese infested with maggots; pasta with donkey sauce; risotto made with seagull broth... His quest for the most delicious and authentic cooking and the very finest ingredients takes him to wonderfully familiar places and hidden delights: he drinks great coffee in Turin, and views the mattanza, the annual tuna catch, off the coast of Sardinia. William scoffs eel brodetto, and waxes lyrical about frog stew. And as he eats his way to the country's culinary heart, he unearths the fascinating story of his own family's role in Italian history.show more

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33 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 24% (8)
4 36% (12)
3 27% (9)
2 12% (4)
1 0% (0)
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