From Tuscan tomato and bread soup to monkfish stew, simple spaghettis or lemon and pistachio polenta cake, Made at Home is a colourful collection of the food that Giorgio Locatelli loves to prepare for family and friends.
With recipes that reflect the places he calls home, from Northern Italy to North London or the holiday house he and his wife Plaxy have found in Puglia, Made at Home is a celebration of favourite vegetables combined in vibrant salads or fresh seasonal stews, along with generous fish and meat dishes and cakes to share. Early every evening, Giorgio’s ‘other family’, the chefs and front of house staff at his restaurant, Locanda Locatelli, sit down together to eat, and Giorgio reveals the recipes for their best-loved meals, the Tuesday ‘Italian’ Burger and the Saturday Pizza.
Giorgio Locatelli is also a judge on BBC Two’s brand new competitive food show The Big Family Cooking Showdown, alongside chef Rosemary Shrager. They will judge and crown the nation’s best family of cooks. The show will be presented by Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and TV presenter Zoe Ball.
Made At Home is out on the 7th September and you can pre-order it now.
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‘Caponata is a Sicilian dish of aubergine and other vegetables, cut into cubes and deep-fried, then mixed with sultanas and pine nuts, and marinated in an agrodolce (sweet-and-sour) sauce. In some parts of Sicilia, it is traditional to mix in little pieces of dark bitter chocolate. Because it is such a Southern dish, I had never even tasted it until I started cooking at Olivio. Then, one day when we were looking for something sweet and sour as an accompaniment, I found the recipe in a book and I remember thinking: ‘This will never work!’ But we made it, the explosion of flavour was brilliant, and has become one of my favourite things. You can pile caponata on chunks of bread, or serve it with mozzarella or fried artichokes. Because it is vinegary, it is fantastic with roast meat, as it cuts through the fattiness, particularly lamb. Traditionally it is also served with seafood – perhaps grilled or fried scallops (see page 108), prawns or red mullet. With red mullet, I like to add a little more tomatoes to the caponata.’
Giorgio Locatelli’s ‘Made in Sicily’ was launched in spectacular style last night at Giorgio’s restaurant Locanda Locatelli with Kate Winslet, Gwen Stefani, Nigella Lawson and Antonio Carluccio all out to celebrate with us.
As you’d expect at the launch of Sicilian cookbook at a a Michelin starred restaurant, the food was incredible.
We ate seafood arancini (rice balls), spaghetti with cuttlefish ink, calamari fritti; and for dessert cannoli with orange marmalade and pistachio ice cream and palline di bucce d’arancia (orange zest balls, but it just sounds better in Italian!).