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Italian Cook Book

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Italian Cook Book

An Italian cook book should be on every kitchen bookshelf, full of stains and well-thumbed to demonstrate its use over the years. Their cuisine is wholesome and tasty.

The Drummer Boy

The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.

Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.

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One More Slice

One More Slice by Leila Lindholm is a chunky volume jam packed with popular Italian recipes that are ever so easy to follow. Leila starts from scratch with all her Italian cooking recipes and then builds up to more interesting ones. For example her first are for the basics of pizza dough and tomato sauce before moving onto dozens of savoury ones such as with asparagus and goat's cheese. Leila's sweet tooth shines through in pizzas such as pear with stilton. Two particular features of the book that we love is the relaxed writing style Leila uses along with the hints and tips that are interspersed. For example in the pizza section she recommends the use of a pizza stone to make it crispy.

Pasta is one of those dishes that most cooks at home think are too difficult to make and rely on packaged produce. Leila Lindholm makes making it at home so easy with her chapters and guides the reader through a range of styles using flour, eggs and a pasta machine so that readers will soon be making it fresh at home. She starts with how to make fresh pasta then gently guides the reader to make spinach pasta, then meat filled ravioli before increasing ingredients to make such Italian dishes as ricotta, lemon and chervil ravioli. This continue with potato dishes such as fresh gnocchi and finishes with a range of sauces like Sicilian tomato sauce. Others include bolognese, carbonara and arrabbiata sauces.

We have never sat down to eat without some form of bread on the table to break together. One More Slice guides the reader from creating sourdough through to baking flavoursome baguettes such as rosemary or onion. Others include levain bread, corn bread and cheese bread.

Italian Cuisine

For those with a love of desserts there are chapters with cheesecakes such as the bittersweet chocolate one. In this section she starts to share her International recipes with her readers with her New York cheesecake seven ways. These are included because they are her family's favourite meals, are interspersed throughout her classic Italian cookbook. We were delighted to come across her homage to the 1990 David Lynch TV classic of Twin Peaks. If you haven't already guessed another clue would be FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper who was played by actor Kyle MacLachlan. Yes it can only be a twin peaks cherry pie recipe! This American theme continues with chapters dedicated to pancakes and waffles, bagel, chocolate brownies and pecan bars.

The puddings soon return to its native roots with a chapter dedicated to homemade ice cream which can be made by those without an ice cream maker. Just in time for the hot weather is an easy to make summer ice cream cake.

Italian cook books are not complete without tiramisu and this does not disappoint. It takes this one stage further with tiramisu semifreddo.

Tortano is a lovely treat for lunch and this has some wonderful fillings for this traditionally egg filled round bread that will transform your lunches. We particularly love the flavoursome tortano with goat's cheese, honey and walnuts.

The food throughout is not limited to large meals and includes snacks and drink accompaniments such as the mini pizzas of pizza al prosciutto e fiche.

Italian cooking

It has a wonderfully rustic feel throughout the book which is enhanced by colourful photos of Italian cuisine and culture by photographer Wolfgang Kleinschmidt at Villa la Casina in Tuscany. It is refreshing to read a cook book that has a photo to accompany each recipe. It achieves what few charming cookbooks can achieve in that it delivers easy to follow recipes using readily available ingredients. The two indexes of a recipe index and flavour index will help the home cook decide what to easily feed the family. This is a must for every home chef.

It was first published in 2011 by New Holland Publishers. The title has several meanings such as another slice of cake of another slice of pizza but refers to One More Slice being the follow up book to A Piece of Cake.

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