The meaning of Polpo’ is octopus. For me this image depicts the most delicate of sea creatures with wild pink legs and a bulbous body. Slightly voluptuous and a little unruly in behaviour.

‘Polpo’ is the new book by Russell Norman, a Venetian cookbook, a Venice inspired delight. Russell bares the tattoo of the ‘Polpo’ on his back, that shows dedication for you. Beautiful photography with mouthwatering recipes. I have not been fortunate enough to visit Russell’s restaurant in London as yet, but am hoping to be whisked off there at some point before the spring…….

Simple food with flavour, seasonings, herbs and texture. A perfect combination to get your taste buds working over time. It is typically Italian with a twist. No fussy food, which is my style of cooking completely. A recipe does not require a list of ingredients as long as your arm. It is simply the case of embracing what is fresh and seasonal around you, wherever you are. This book would make a great addition to any book case or passionate foodie, I adore it.

Recipes include. butternut risotto, arancini, linguine with clams, tiramisu, warm polpo salad and so much more. I could happily cook every recipe and serve it at my family table.
‘Polpo’ inspires me in the kitchen and also bring back to life some old recipes that Nonna would cook, using pigeon and rabbit, something I do not cook as often as I should. Knowing now I will.

 Carmela x