POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) (Hardback)Russell Norman (author)
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Winner of the Inaugural Waterstones Book of the Year 2012
For our very first 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’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 winners, and also established a precedent for us in celebrating titles that mirror our own independence and enthusiasm.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 1118 g
Dimensions: 265 x 180 x 30 mm
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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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.
“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 easily sourced from your local supermarket with these recipes... More
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 equivalent. The recipes are easy to follow and will give... More
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