Coastline – Recipe, Review & Giveaway

Coastline: The Food of Mediterranean Italy, France and Spain by Lucio Galletto and David Dale was published in the US by Interlink Books in August of this year. Prior editions in both Australia and the UK were published in March and May, respectively.

This truly spectacular book is a collection of stories, debates, beautiful images and delicious Mediterranean recipes covering salads, pasta sauces, pizza and pies, soups and stews, feasts and desserts from the fishing villages, farms and cobbled squares around the golden crescent.

The photographs spirit us away to houses magically stacked high upon mountain sides, marketplaces with colorful wares and fresh ingredients frequented and owned by beautiful people, and the vivid blue sea calmly awaiting us in the distance. These images give us a glimpse into the adventure that is the Mediterranean. I am smitten by this type of book that serves up a delicious sliver of paradise.

Shrimp in almond butter, Fried ravioli with Swiss chard or pumpkin stuffing, and a Ligurian apricot tart will deliver a taste of this beautiful region around our own kitchen table. The stories that blanket these recipes are just as lovely as the recipes themselves.

Special thanks to Interlink Books for sharing a recipe for Baked fennel with our members today and offering two copies of this book to our members in the US. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to enter.

Finnocchi gratinate / baked fennel

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Fennel was a familiar favorite for the ancient Greeks and Romans, because it is native to the western Mediterranean. The Greeks called the plant “marathon,” not because it lasts a long time but because it grew in profusion near the town that gave its name to the running race. Fennel is at its best in winter, and while it tastes pretty good in a salad, it’s much better when it’s been subjected to high heat, to bring out the sugar.

3 lb 5 oz (1.5 kg) fennel bulbs
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup (80 ml) olive oil
2 ½ tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
2 ½ tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°c)

Clean the fennel and peel off the outer layers. Cut the bulbs into segments, wash them, then place them in a saucepan of boiling salter water for 8 minutes.

Drain the fennel segments, dry them well, then place in an oiled baking dish in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with most of the olive oil,  and toss them around a bit until nicely coated in the oil.

Tip the breadcrumbs into a wide shallow bowl. Mix in the parmesan and sprinkle the mixture all over the fennel. Sprinkle with a little more olive oil and bake for a further 15 minutes, until the crumbs have turned into a lovely golden crust.

Serve hot.

Recipe from Coastline © 2018 David Dale and Lucio Galetto. Interlink Books

The publisher is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • heyjude  on  October 31, 2017


  • contest718  on  October 31, 2017


  • laureljean  on  October 31, 2017

    Tomato Bread

  • bibliophile02  on  October 31, 2017

    Pesto alla Genovese

  • lauriesk  on  October 31, 2017

    The first recipe I would try is the Eggplant Caviar.

  • lpatterson412  on  October 31, 2017

    Shrimp Skewers with Paprika!

  • ladybrooke  on  October 31, 2017

    Cherry and almond rice pudding (Le riz aux cerises)

  • rivergait  on  October 31, 2017

    Fig, almond, and orange cookies (Biscotti). So many of this book's recipes use the products of the Mediterranean which are also the products that grow in my California.

  • ravensfan  on  October 31, 2017

    Catalan pizza (Coca)

  • Lem9579  on  October 31, 2017

    salad of salted cod, oranges and black olives

  • sir_ken_g  on  October 31, 2017

    Ratatouille / Samfaina

  • rchesser  on  October 31, 2017

    The Shrimp Skewers with Paprika!

  • ebs  on  October 31, 2017

    Homemade ricotta with walnuts and honey

  • ecolucy  on  November 1, 2017

    The Sarsuela looks interesting – a soupy fish stew. I'd also love to make a Onion and anchovy pie.

  • sgump  on  November 1, 2017

    The chickpea and sausage stew (cigrons amb xoric) sounds hearty!

  • Siegal  on  November 1, 2017

    I always wanted to make pistou

  • RoseMGenuine  on  November 1, 2017

    Artichokes with ham and pine nuts. Three of my favorite things!

  • Nhcookingdiva  on  November 1, 2017

    Salmon Carpaccio with Anchovy Salad.

  • Shelley.b  on  November 2, 2017

    Shrimp skewers with papricka

  • Dannausc  on  November 2, 2017

    Walnut sauce

  • peacheater  on  November 2, 2017

    I'd love to try the recipe for Chicken livers crostini!

  • matag  on  November 2, 2017

    Catalina pizza…Caco

  • ltsuk  on  November 2, 2017


  • kmn4  on  November 3, 2017

    Salt cod and potato bake (Brandacujun)

  • sarahawker  on  November 3, 2017

    Potato and pine nut fritters (Cuculli Genovesi)

  • t.t  on  November 4, 2017

    Tuna tartare crostini

  • rachael_mc  on  November 4, 2017

    garlic shrimp

  • gravesgoetz  on  November 4, 2017

    Eggplant cavier as I have a few in my frig

  • PennyG  on  November 4, 2017

    Chickpea polenta (Panisse)

  • robynsanyal  on  November 5, 2017

    Garlic Shrimp yum

  • skipeterson  on  November 6, 2017

    Shrimp and scallops crostini

  • motherofpearl81  on  November 6, 2017

    Tomato, garlic, and anchovy pizza

  • RSW  on  November 7, 2017

    Cherry and almond rice pudding (Le riz aux cerises)

  • tcjanes  on  November 7, 2017

    Fried artichokes.

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  November 8, 2017

    Chicken and sausage stew…perfect for a cold autumn day.

  • ktwalla  on  November 11, 2017

    Baked Fennel for Thanksgiving.

  • davisesq212  on  November 11, 2017

    I would love to try the recipe for Roasted spaghetti with baby clams, Ive never heard of such a dish before but it sounds wonderful.

  • PeavineBlues  on  November 11, 2017

    Catalan pizza

  • cora429  on  November 11, 2017

    Chickpea and sausage stew

  • Dmartin997  on  November 11, 2017

    White fish soup with orange aioli, definitely

  • lisaevanoff  on  November 11, 2017

    Fried potatoes with allioli and romesco

  • Peirsd60  on  November 11, 2017

    Roasted spaghetti with clams

  • readers  on  November 11, 2017

    Baked fennel

  • Julia  on  November 11, 2017

    Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce.

  • BMeyer  on  November 11, 2017


  • Alexandria2  on  November 11, 2017

    hi your book coastline sounds wonderful would love to try the catalan pizza it sounds great ,yum !!! happy thanksgiving

  • Karla123  on  November 12, 2017

    I love one-pot wonders, and this dish for Spicy vegetable stew would be a tasty start to any meal.

  • pclisa40  on  November 12, 2017

    Carcinoid fritti – I love seasonal meals, and when baby artichokes are inseason, these are wonderful!

  • dvajefink  on  November 13, 2017

    Tomato bread or homemade ricotta

  • RickPearson54  on  November 13, 2017


  • sgrigis  on  November 13, 2017

    Seafood paella i've definitely spent every day in Spain eating seafood paella, even if the portion is for 2 I eat it myself. I've also been happy to eat it twice a day on most occasions! Cant wait!

  • jim.windle  on  November 13, 2017

    Tuna tartare crostini

  • JenJoLa  on  November 13, 2017

    Fried potatoes with allioli and romesco (Patates braves)

  • tararr  on  November 13, 2017

    Rouille one and two

  • VeryVigario  on  November 13, 2017

    Spicy vegetable stew

  • thecharlah  on  November 14, 2017

    Chicken livers crostini

  • dan.guarracino  on  November 14, 2017

    The remojon — a salad of salt cod with olives — reminds me of a dish my Neapolitan family would have on Christmas Eve. I'd love to try it!

  • fbrunetti  on  November 15, 2017

    Rigatoni with seafood sauce, mussels, and stuffed calamari

  • AnnaZed  on  November 18, 2017

    Beurre Montpellier

  • Katiefayhutson  on  November 18, 2017

    Salt cod and potato bake

  • Scotsman61  on  November 20, 2017

    Finnocchi gratinate / baked fennel

  • kitchenclimbers  on  November 21, 2017

    tuna tartare crostini

  • AnnaZed  on  November 22, 2017

    Eggplant caviar (Caviare d'aubergines)

  • lhudson  on  November 22, 2017

    Potato and pine nut fritters

  • LaurenE  on  November 23, 2017

    Catalan pizza (Coca)

  • auntietina  on  December 1, 2017

    Baked fennel (Finocchi gratinati)

  • matwell  on  December 1, 2017

    Tomato bread sounds delicious. I will have to try it out!

  • RachelMurphy526  on  December 2, 2017

    Spicy vegetable stew!

  • jc214a  on  December 2, 2017

    I would try Picada sauce.

  • jmay42066  on  December 2, 2017

    Chicken and sausage stew

  • patioweather  on  December 2, 2017

    Tomato bread

  • zesty77777  on  December 2, 2017

    Catalan pizza

  • rglo820  on  December 5, 2017

    Riviera seafood spectacular!

  • orchidlady01  on  December 7, 2017


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