Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Book review: Mietta's Italian Family Recipes

Mietta's Italian Family Recipes by Mietta O'Donnell is a lovely tribute to the late journalist and restauranteur who died before this book came to its fruition.
First published in 2000, with a new edition published in 2015, it is first and foremost a book of recipes. It includes Italian recipes made for Australian conditions, beautifully presented with the context of the family stories as Tony Knox writes in the foreword ".. it needed context. What better way to look at Italian food in Australia than to interview those who introduced it: the descendants of the people whose families, like her grandparents, had come to Australia and started restaurants, serving spaghetti that was'nt tinned".
Mietta's family was the Vigano family of Sth Morang whose story is related at the beginning of the book.
This book is beautifully presented sprinkled with black and white photos of people - not food - and arranged under various categories including antipasto, broths and minestrone, pasta, fish, chicken, deserts and more.

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