We all know Italian cuisine: pizza, pasta, rich sauces and thick soups. But such limitations have long been passé. The fact that modern Italian cuisine has started to take over the world is not least thanks to Oscar Farinetti. It was in Turin in 2007 that he opened his first branch of Eataly, a marketplace for Italian specialities, mostly paired with restaurants, where shoppers can taste everything straight away. Farinelli chooses exceptional locations for his marketplaces: an abandoned vermouth factory (Turin), a former theatre (Milan). In 2010 they expanded to New York (near the Flat Iron Building) and since then at the very latest, Eataly has been the address for fans of cucina italiana and italianità, the associated way of life. Since November 2015 Eataly has also had a Munich branch (at the Schrannenhalle, a former grain market), and other locations are in the pipeline.
And now Farinelli has curated a cookery book with over 300 recipes which cast a new light on modern Italian cuisine. With this book, you can cook up the whole of Italy at home in next to no time. It features clear instructions, manageable cooking times and tips to help you succeed: from trout with thyme, mullet fillet with fresh herbs, pea soup with smoked ham and fish tartare to white chocolate pudding. You don’t need to be a great amateur chef to master these recipes – now anyone can whip up an Italian delicacy thanks to Farinelli!
At the moment the 500-page cookery book is only available in English (though it’s British so it’s in metric), but they’re already working on the German edition.
Contemporary Italian Cooking
English, 512 pages, 200 illustrations, £29.95