Two Greedy Italians

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Quadrille, 2011 - Cooking - 208 pages
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Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo separately left their native Italy for Britain where, in time, they met, worked together and established themselves on Italian cooking. In this compelling book, the two old friends have embarked upon a journey back to their homeland to reconnect with their culinary heritage, explore past and traditions. Containing recipes, this book includes a combination of classic dishes and ingredients as well as others showcasing the changes in style and influences that have become a part of the Italy. Reflecting the insights of both men into Italy, Carluccio and Contaldo's return captures the essence of its authors - their humour, their wisdom, their curiosity and their passion for food.

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Antonio Carluccio was born in Vietri sul Mare, Italy on April 19, 1937. He briefly worked as a journalist in Turin before moving to Vienna, Germany, and London to work as a wine merchant. He then became an Italian chef and restaurateur. In 1981, he opened the Neal Street restaurant in London's Covent Garden, which closed in 2007. In 1998, he started the first Carluccio's Caffè, which is now a chain that operates from more than 80 locations. Carluccio sold his interest in the restaurant chain in 2005, but maintained involvement from a distance. He wrote 22 books including 100 Pasta Recipes (My Kitchen Table), Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy written with Gennaro Contaldo, Vegetables, Carluccio's Complete Italian Food, Antonio Carluccio's Simple Cooking, and Pasta: The Essential New Collection from the Master of Italian Cookery. He also starred in television programs including Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feast and the series Two Greedy Italians with fellow chef Gennaro Contaldo. He was appointed commendatore by the Italian government in 1998, received an OBE from the Queen in 2007 for services to the catering industry, and received the AA Hospitality Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. He died on November 8, 2017 at the age of 80.

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