Category: Food

Review: Riso

Title: Riso
SubTitle:  Undiscovered Rice Dishes of Northern Italy
Publisher:  Open Road
Imprint:  Open Road
Pub Date:  March 13, 2012
ISBN: 9781453246276
Author:  Vitale, Gioietta

Marketing Copy:

One hundred quick and simple rice recipes capturing the flavor and excitement of traditional Italian cooking

From soups and salads to risottos and desserts, Gioietta Vitale presents the best of northern Italy’s rice-based specialties. Illustrated with line  drawings and filled with tips on ingredients, techniques, and even the  perfect wine to go with each dish, Riso is a comprehensive guide to rice by a master of Italian cuisine.

My Review:

I have to say I love cooking. I enjoy the inventiveness of being able to throw food together and for it to come out tasting pretty good. Also, I have a wife and two children who enjoy my cooking. For me, I can not ask for much more than that.

So when I saw a cooking book pop up for review, I just had to have a look. Italian food is one of the best and rice is one of the most versatile ingredients – ever!! So this looks like a perfect combination.

The book is presented well, but lacks pictures! I like being able to follow a recipe and have an idea of what it is going to look like when I am finished. This had none. Aside from that, the recipes do sound very interesting and are written in a nice, simple language that I think any good hubby could follow. The word of the day though is ‘doneness’. I have never tested my rice for doneness and I have cooked a bit of rice.

For a book specifically about rice, it covers the gamut of courses, being soups, mains and even desserts. All in all, a nice little cookbook.

My Rating:

3 chefs hats out of 5. (Would have got another chefs hat with pictures.)

My lovely wife, C With Nu Eyes, and I escaped South Gippsland for the weekend to St Kilda in Melbourne. I always look forward to our little escapades as we wonder around finding new places and trying new eateries.

This is one of my great loves – food.  New restaurants, old restaurants. I don’t care which, unless it’s one I haven’t tried before. In St Kilda, we managed to find streets loaded with new ones. Excitement abounds at the thought of trying to pick just one of them to eat in. Nevertheless, we manage it.
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