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  10/31/2017 at 2:39 AM


  • contest718  on  10/31/2017 at 3:53 AM


  • laureljean  on  10/31/2017 at 8:03 AM

    Tomato Bread

  • bibliophile02  on  10/31/2017 at 8:52 AM

    Pesto alla Genovese

  • lauriesk  on  10/31/2017 at 11:30 AM

    The first recipe I would try is the Eggplant Caviar.

  • lpatterson412  on  10/31/2017 at 11:34 AM

    Shrimp Skewers with Paprika!

  • ladybrooke  on  10/31/2017 at 12:03 PM

    Cherry and almond rice pudding (Le riz aux cerises)

  • rivergait  on  10/31/2017 at 2:26 PM

    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  10/31/2017 at 5:15 PM

    Catalan pizza (Coca)

  • Lem9579  on  10/31/2017 at 6:10 PM

    salad of salted cod, oranges and black olives

  • sir_ken_g  on  10/31/2017 at 6:25 PM

    Ratatouille / Samfaina

  • rchesser  on  10/31/2017 at 7:50 PM

    The Shrimp Skewers with Paprika!

  • ebs  on  10/31/2017 at 8:12 PM

    Homemade ricotta with walnuts and honey

  • ecolucy  on  11/1/2017 at 8:11 AM

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

  • sgump  on  11/1/2017 at 3:40 PM

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

  • Siegal  on  11/1/2017 at 4:45 PM

    I always wanted to make pistou

  • RoseMGenuine  on  11/1/2017 at 9:52 PM

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

  • Nhcookingdiva  on  11/1/2017 at 9:59 PM

    Salmon Carpaccio with Anchovy Salad.

  • Shelley.b  on  11/2/2017 at 4:40 AM

    Shrimp skewers with papricka

  • Dannausc  on  11/2/2017 at 7:22 AM

    Walnut sauce

  • peacheater  on  11/2/2017 at 8:38 AM

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

  • matag  on  11/2/2017 at 1:58 PM

    Catalina pizza...Caco

  • ltsuk  on  11/2/2017 at 10:56 PM


  • kmn4  on  11/3/2017 at 10:34 AM

    Salt cod and potato bake (Brandacujun)

  • sarahawker  on  11/3/2017 at 11:13 AM

    Potato and pine nut fritters (Cuculli Genovesi)

  • t.t  on  11/4/2017 at 1:55 AM

    Tuna tartare crostini

  • rachael_mc  on  11/4/2017 at 10:12 AM

    garlic shrimp

  • gravesgoetz  on  11/4/2017 at 11:44 AM

    Eggplant cavier as I have a few in my frig

  • PennyG  on  11/4/2017 at 5:57 PM

    Chickpea polenta (Panisse)

  • robynsanyal  on  11/5/2017 at 2:48 PM

    Garlic Shrimp yum

  • skipeterson  on  11/6/2017 at 2:05 PM

    Shrimp and scallops crostini

  • motherofpearl81  on  11/6/2017 at 8:51 PM

    Tomato, garlic, and anchovy pizza

  • RSW  on  11/7/2017 at 6:12 AM

    Cherry and almond rice pudding (Le riz aux cerises)

  • tcjanes  on  11/7/2017 at 6:35 PM

    Fried artichokes.

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  11/8/2017 at 4:25 PM

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

  • ktwalla  on  11/11/2017 at 8:40 AM

    Baked Fennel for Thanksgiving.

  • davisesq212  on  11/11/2017 at 9:04 AM

    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  11/11/2017 at 9:18 AM

    Catalan pizza

  • cora429  on  11/11/2017 at 9:37 AM

    Chickpea and sausage stew

  • Dmartin997  on  11/11/2017 at 11:04 AM

    White fish soup with orange aioli, definitely

  • lisaevanoff  on  11/11/2017 at 1:02 PM

    Fried potatoes with allioli and romesco

  • Peirsd60  on  11/11/2017 at 2:59 PM

    Roasted spaghetti with clams

  • readers  on  11/11/2017 at 3:05 PM

    Baked fennel

  • Julia  on  11/11/2017 at 3:29 PM

    Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce.

  • BMeyer  on  11/11/2017 at 6:35 PM


  • Alexandria2  on  11/11/2017 at 10:49 PM

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

  • Karla123  on  11/12/2017 at 10:16 AM

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

  • pclisa40  on  11/12/2017 at 10:42 AM

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

  • dvajefink  on  11/13/2017 at 5:31 AM

    Tomato bread or homemade ricotta

  • RickPearson54  on  11/13/2017 at 6:31 AM


  • sgrigis  on  11/13/2017 at 10:37 AM

    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  11/13/2017 at 11:40 AM

    Tuna tartare crostini

  • JenJoLa  on  11/13/2017 at 1:53 PM

    Fried potatoes with allioli and romesco (Patates braves)

  • tararr  on  11/13/2017 at 3:47 PM

    Rouille one and two

  • VeryVigario  on  11/13/2017 at 6:46 PM

    Spicy vegetable stew

  • thecharlah  on  11/14/2017 at 7:21 PM

    Chicken livers crostini

  • dan.guarracino  on  11/14/2017 at 10:35 PM

    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  11/15/2017 at 12:54 PM

    Rigatoni with seafood sauce, mussels, and stuffed calamari

  • AnnaZed  on  11/18/2017 at 2:04 AM

    Beurre Montpellier

  • Katiefayhutson  on  11/18/2017 at 7:34 AM

    Salt cod and potato bake

  • Scotsman61  on  11/20/2017 at 11:29 PM

    Finnocchi gratinate / baked fennel

  • kitchenclimbers  on  11/21/2017 at 10:29 AM

    tuna tartare crostini

  • AnnaZed  on  11/22/2017 at 1:27 AM

    Eggplant caviar (Caviare d'aubergines)

  • lhudson  on  11/22/2017 at 7:30 AM

    Potato and pine nut fritters

  • LaurenE  on  11/23/2017 at 12:33 AM

    Catalan pizza (Coca)

  •  on  11/30/2017 at 12:38 AM

    Potato and pine nut fritters

  • auntietina  on  12/1/2017 at 1:06 AM

    Baked fennel (Finocchi gratinati)

  • matwell  on  12/1/2017 at 3:55 PM

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

  • RachelMurphy526  on  12/2/2017 at 2:24 AM

    Spicy vegetable stew!

  • jc214a  on  12/2/2017 at 8:02 AM

    I would try Picada sauce.

  • jmay42066  on  12/2/2017 at 3:59 PM

    Chicken and sausage stew

  • patioweather  on  12/2/2017 at 6:41 PM

    Tomato bread

  • zesty77777  on  12/2/2017 at 7:41 PM

    Catalan pizza

  • rglo820  on  12/5/2017 at 5:06 PM

    Riviera seafood spectacular!

  • orchidlady01  on  12/7/2017 at 9:32 PM


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