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Interesting new books from Italian Gourmet

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SueVT

Interesting new books from Italian Gourmet

For those of you who are interested in Italian baking, particularly the Italian brioches, these books from Italian Gourmet are worth noting:

Un Panettone Mondiale (with English text): "The stars and all the recipes of the first international national competition on the beloved Italian delicacy".

207 pages, with lovely photography and information on all the teams. Also recipes for each team's Classic, Chocolate, and "innovative savory" panettone entries. There are some interesting approaches, and some surprises in the regional savory panettoni: the Argentinian team's savory loaf has chorizo, purple maize, wine flour, chimichurri spices and Malbec, among other things! The Japanese team's savory entry has soy sauce, sesame oil, yuzu, kombu and cheddar cheese added to the mix. 

Many of the Chocolate Panettone recipes look fabulous. Here is the Japan team's version:

While the recipes are too large for most home bakers to handle, they will scale down easily. It's a fascinating and enjoyable read.

And yes, the Italians won. I'm not giving too much away here:

Next, Colombe e Dolci di Pasqua (in Italian). If you can read Italian recipes, which happens automatically if you do it enough, this is a wonderful book. All of the most well-known Italian bakers are here, with clear and well-illustrated versions of their Colomba.

Many of the chefs have multiple recipes, too. So little time, so many Colombas:

 

Finally, Ezio Marinato has put together an incredible 300-page collection of his creations, from hamburger buns and pizza to laminated pastries, biscotti, lievitati and of course numerous panettone recipes. Stunning photography throughout makes you want to bake every page.

Marinato is very influential in the Panettone world; 2023's coach of the winning Italian team in the Panettone World Championship, he is one of the true masters in the field. He is a teacher at various training venues and consultant to multinational companies. 

While coffee is notoriously difficult to work with in panettone recipes, it appears that Ezio Marinato has developed a recipe for it. 

Cheers, Sue

 

 

 

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The Roadside Pie King's picture
The Roadside Pi...

How are things in the great state of Vermont? Thanks for posting your concice, pleasing to read book review. I enjoyed reading this post. I am very interested in Enzo Marinato's book. Is this volume translated to English? I hope all is well.

Kind regards,

Will F.

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SueVT

Hi,

The Marinato book is really terrific, but it is all in Italian. If you point an iPhone camera at the page, it will allow you to select the text and translate..... Mostly the book is absolutely full of full-page photos, really beautiful, followed by the recipe. That's pretty easy to follow.

I can't wait to try some of the recipes. 

We are into lawn mowing season here, and it's hard to do much else!  Cheers, Sue

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albacore

Nice write up Sue! I've always had my eye on the Ezio Marinato book, but my lack of Italian language skills has always put me off.

Lance

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SueVT

or iPad... snap a photo and then select the text in the camera app. If you don't have an apple device, I don't know, lol! But for me, having read so many panettone recipes, I seem to get through most of it. The presentation is pretty simple, most recipes are less than 1 page in length. Here is an example:

 

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albacore

That looks quite effective Sue. I have Google translate on my Galaxy phone, which I think is a similar app.

I've just downloaded DeepL translate to see how that performs and I'm really impressed by the quality of the translation, at least for German - I haven't tried Italian yet.

 

Lance