It’s a glorious July day, an English heat wave is upon us and I’m sitting in the garden eating delicately baked peaches with rich mascarpone. The recipe is from Valeria Necchio’s beautiful debut cookery book, Veneto. With every sweet mouthful of peach I’m transported to the Venetian hinterland and the bucolic realm of Valeria’s inspiring grandparents. I’ve barely owned the book two weeks and it’s already become a well-thumbed source for recipes. From a crowd-pleasing pot of meatballs to a humble tomato, basil and garlic salad, every recipe is approachable and unfailingly delicious. A new favourite are Valeria’s indulgent bitter almond biscuits, which popped in a jar make the perfect gift.
Valeria grew up in a rural Venetian village, surrounded by miles of farmland. Simple local ingredients have become central to her home-cooking philosophy. Her book shares the lesser-known culinary world beyond the glistening canals of Venice. From the thrifty and uncomplicated to the elaborate and bountiful, her book is a true celebration of Veneto, as well as a captivating memoir of much-loved family recipes and stories. Through anecdotes and serene photography, Valeria’s enchanting narrative showcases her passion for the area’s culinary traditions and their place in her modern kitchen.
This charming book is as happy on the nightstand as it is on the kitchen shelf, and has calmly asserted itself as a classic that I’ll return to again and again.
For more info on the book and events, head to Valeria’s website: www.lifelovefood.co and watch the beautiful trailer here: