Polpo by Russell Norman
A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts)

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Tucked away in a backstreet of London's edgy Soho district, POLPO is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up dishes from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this kind of cooking is unfussy, innovative and exuberantly delicious. The 140 recipes in the book include caprese stacks, zucchini shoestring fries, asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter, butternut risotto, arancini, rabbit cacciatore, warm duck salad with wet walnuts and beets, crispy baby pizzas with prosciutto and rocket, scallops with lemon and peppermint, mackerel tartare, linguine with clams, whole sea bream, warm octopus salad, soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel salad, walnut and honey semifreddo, tiramisu, fizzy bellinis and glasses of bright orange spritz. With luminescent photography by Jenny Zarins, which captures the unfrequented corners, the bustling bacari and the sublime waterways of Venice, POLPO is a dazzling tribute to Italy's greatest hidden cuisine.

About Russell Norman

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Russell Norman spent a decade running several venerated London restaurants before setting up his own place in the scruffy Soho district, serving authentic Venetian cuisine. Polpowas an instant hit and has been followed in quick succession by Polpetto, da Polpo and Spuntino. Russell Norman lives in London.
Published July 5, 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. 320 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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octopus 1 medium, 1½-2kgfennel bulb 1, cut in halfonion 1, cut in halfcelery stalks 2, cut roughlyparsley stalks 1 handful, roughly choppedpotatoes 3 medium waxy, peeledgarlic clove 1, finely choppedflat parsley leaves 1 handful, choppedchilli flakes 1 tspflaky sea salt and black pepperextra-virg...

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I have never been (to POLPO or to Venice), but after looking through this cookbook from POLPO's owner Russell Norman, I want to hop a plane right now and visit both.

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The book is a beauty, from its unusual naked binding to the sparse layout of the pages to the Venetian street scenes.

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