POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

Food & Drink, Chefs, Restaurants , Home & Garden , Non-Fiction
Hardback Published on: 05/07/2012
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Beautiful and delicious
A simply stunning edition from this quirky Venetian eatery. The recipes are inventive and easier than you would think to do. Most of the ingredients are ea... READ MORE
Toby Palfreyman
This is a very beautiful book, I look the way it's bound, the quality of the paper, the typeface, the lovely photos and of course the recipes are fantastic... READ MORE
Martin Gooding
Real Italian Food
This is a wonderful display of real Venetian cooking from the Polpo restaurant, all wrapped up in a beautifully designed book of luxuriously thick paper, m... READ MORE
Imogen Streater at Tenterden


**Winner of the Inaugural [Waterstones Book of the Year](https://www.waterstones.com/category/cultural-highlights/book-awards/the-waterstones-book-of-the-year) 2012** For our very first [Waterstones Book of the Year](https://www.waterstones.com/category/cultural-highlights/book-awards/the-waterstones-book-of-the-year), we wanted a book that reflected publishing’s response to the growing threat of the internet. A book that showcased fine production standards, something beautifully-written, a volume unafraid to celebrate the niche and showcase that to a much wider audience. [Russell Norman](https://www.waterstones.com/author/russell-norman/1161279)’s *Polpo* was that book. Taking as its source the culinary fare of Soho’s Polpo Restaurant (now a group of some seven establishments, dotted around London and further afield), Norman’s book distilled the restaurant’s glorious individuality and eclectic charm. This is simple, backstreet venetian food, delivered with impeccable taste and knowing style: a bàcaro, serving humble but superb food and good honest wine. *Polpo*’s pages capture all this and more, transporting the reader to the heart of the food. Stunning design frames every recipe, a cornucopia of flavour, where Spinach, Soft Egg and Parmesan Pizzetta meets delicate Fennel Ricotta. It’s a book to inspire. *Polpo* set a fine standard for a subsequent [Waterstones Book of the Year](https://www.waterstones.com/category/cultural-highlights/book-awards/the-waterstones-book-of-the-year) winners, and also established a precedent for us in celebrating titles that mirror our own independence and enthusiasm.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781408816790
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 1118g
  • Dimensions: 265 x 180 mm

Customer Reviews

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Absolutely fabulous. I'm an avid cook, the recipes in this book are simple yet delicious. Can't wait to cook myself through the entire book.
Karen Hogarth
possible superhit!
I would personally put this Cookbook right up there with Larousse Gastronomique and Mastering the art of french cooking, this in my mind is the Venetian eq... READ MORE