A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home by Skye McAlpine

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  • Fig and mascarpone cake (Torta di mascarpone e fichi)

    • ncollyer on August 26, 2019

      Delicious, very moist and very easy prep. Perfect dessert on a warm late summer evening when fresh figs are back in season.

    • Lepa on August 30, 2018

      This is another good breakfast cake. It is full of fruit and not too sweet. It was easy to whip together and very nice with my coffee this morning.

  • Chocolate, orange, and hazelnut breakfast bread (Putizza)

    • Lepa on November 17, 2018

      I am Slovenian and this doesn't resemble any Potica I have ever eaten. It was good but had a bit too much going on for my taste. I think I prefer the traditional walnut filling. I made this last night, put it in the refrigerator for the second rise and baked it this morning. I haven't done this before and was pleased at how well it worked!

  • Fennel seed and candied-peel yogurt cake (Ciambella allo yogurt con semi di finocchio e canditi)

    • Lepa on August 27, 2018

      I've spent years baking and looking for just this kind of cake. It is not too sweet, so it's suitable for breakfast. It has a lovely texture and a complex, interesting flavor. The fennel and candied peel make for such a beguiling combination. I did not ice the cake; I just dusted it with confectioner's sugar. This will certainly become part of my regular rotation. I finally have a good excuse for holding onto that little six cup bundt pan!

  • Boiled eggs and anchovies (Uova e acciughe)

    • Lepa on August 28, 2018

      This is more of a serving suggestion than a recipe but it is a very nice way to dress up a boiled egg and I anticipate eating this frequently.

  • Olive focaccia bread (Focaccia alle olive)

    • Frogcake on April 21, 2018

      This is one of those back-pocket recipes that you can make anywhere, and adapt it to any ingredients you have on hand. I halved the recipe to enjoy with Mr. Frogcake. Made it to eat with the balsamic buffalo mozzarella app (Food52). Drizzled fine olive oil on top and sprinkled sea salt. Delicious in its simplicity!

  • Gratin of fennel (Finocchio al latte)

    • Frogcake on January 19, 2019

      A memorable side-dish. Lovely medley of flavours. Served with kabobs and melting potatoes (Samarkand). It was a great dinner!

  • Bigoli with creamy walnut sauce (Bigoli in salsa di noci)

    • Frogcake on April 08, 2019

      A unique and tasty pasta dish ,which comes together quickly. I used pecans instead of walnuts as I didn’t have any walnuts. Also added a teaspoon of lemon rind and about three generous pinches of sea salt. Would definitely make this again.

  • Fennel risotto (Risotto di finocchio)

    • Frogcake on April 21, 2018

      A really lovely, tasty risotto. I used beef broth and tomato juice -five cups was sufficient for the arborio I used. I had gorgeous fennel fronds -I chopped up about half a cup and mixed it in with butter just before serving.

    • Pamsy on November 03, 2019

      Mr P suggests adding Pernod as the aniseed flavour in the fennel didn't come through. Perhaps because I blitzed the onion, garlic and fennel in the mini processor? Also added a grated courgette which gave nice little specks of green. Served with pan fried Sea Trout Fillets. Could also do Sea Bass. Worth repeating.

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  • Joy the Baker

    ...is a love letter to a beautiful Italian city. The photographs are stunning and the recipes are seaworthy.

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  • Eat Your Books

    All the magic of Venice captured in one beautiful volume.

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  • ISBN 10 0147530903
  • ISBN 13 9780147530905
  • Published Mar 20 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries Canada
  • Publisher Appetite by Random House

Publishers Text

A love letter to the storied city of Venice, with 100 irresistible recipes, 150 sumptuous photos, and evocative essays that will bring the beauty of its cuisine into home kitchens everywhere.

Charming, illusive, and endlessly mysterious, Venice is a top travel destination that is accessible to all, yet seems almost to belong to another world and time. To find the true heart of this fabled city, to find real Venetians and experience the local fare, you need a guide. Skye McAlpine has lived in Venice for most of her life. Born in London, her family moved there when she was six years old. Traveling by gondola, enjoying creamy risi e bisi (Venetian-style rice and peas) for lunch, splashing through streets that flood when the tide is high--this is her everyday life. Daily rhythms are established by markets, mealtimes, and afternoon spritzes.

Like other regions of Italy, Venice has its own distinct cuisine. As an ancient maritime city, it is at once local and global, combining risotto and zabaione custard with exotic spices and ingredients from neighboring countries. From Rum and Raisin Bread, Thick Hot Chocolate with a Dollop of Zabaione, and Focaccia with Gorgonzola and Walnuts, to Ravioli with Pumpkin and Truffle Filling, Risotto with Zucchini Flowers and Scampi, and Chocolate and Amaretto Roulade, Skye's cookbook has traditional Venetian food covered.

A Table in Venice takes readers to this city to share in cooking traditional Venetian dishes using the methods and styles Skye learned from her neighbors and friends. The stunning photography and beautiful storytelling will bring this lovely city to life like never before.


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