POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

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Tucked away in London's edgy Soho district, Polpo is one of the most irrepressibly buzzing restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up small dishes-think tapas-from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this kind of cooking is unfussy, innovative, and exuberantly delicious. The 120 recipes in this book range from salads and snacks to small main courses, drinks, and desserts, including asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter; warm duck salad with beets and walnuts; crispy baby pizzas with zucchini, mint and chilli; scallops with lemon and peppermint; soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel; fizzy bellinis and glasses of bright orange spritz; panacotta with poached rhubarb; and warm autumn fruits with amaretto cream.

The recipes are accompanied by luminescent photography within a dazzling design, including a distinctive stripped-away spine to reveal colorful Japanese stitching--a feature that also allows the book to lie open flat on a chef's workstation. Polpo captures the unfrequented corners, bustling bacari, and sublime waterways of Venice as they've never been seen before.

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Russell Norman spent a decade running several venerated London restaurants before setting up his own place in the scruffy Soho district, serving authentic Venetian cuisine. Polpowas an instant hit and has been followed in quick succession by Polpetto, da Polpo and Spuntino. Russell Norman lives in London.

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POLPO does what a great cookbook should do: it makes you urgently want to cook and breaks new territory Daily Telegraph Wonderful ... the dishes are simple, with relatively few ingredients, but they're inspired. The grilled courgettes with toasted breadcrumbs, for instance, was sublime. The pages of my book are already smeared with olive oil and egg; a good sign -- Melanie McDonagh Evening Standard A marvellously useful guide to anyone who actually wants to cook -- Cary Gee Tribune A present for the greedy gourmets in your life Observer Delicious Mail on Sunday Gorgeous Daily Mail Like a trip round the bars and bacari of Venice Independent A delight for its goodies from Venice and beyond, beautifully presented in a book that (hallelujah) lies flat on the kitchen surface -- Lisa Markwell Independent Definitely the design classic of 2012 Irish Times

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