'This book is an uplifting celebration of communal eating and family life: heart-warming affirmation that a family which eats together stays together. Parents will value these enticingly presented recipes which encourage children to have a sense of adventure in the kitchen and teach them healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime'. Tim Jotischky, Sunday Telegraph
'Throughout Versatile, traditional recipes are presented with optional ingredients to be added or removed according to the various palates and tastes of family and friends, an approach that reflects the heart of Italian cuisine... it is this book's legacy of recipes that most evocatively encapsulates the Italian philosophy of food as nourishment for both body and the spirit.' Grazia Giuliani
Versatile: Cooking & Living Italian
is the journey of a Mother, cooking and eating with friends and family throughout her lifetime. The recipes in this book are ones that Grazia Giuliani has been enjoying and preparing since she was a child; she has grown up with these herself, held onto them throughout her childhood and has now given, as a gift, to her own Bambini. In Italy, one cooks a family meal and everyone in the family eats that meal. Variations to the original recipe may be added or taken away - cheese, pepper, spices, herbs are optional - but the basic ingredients and the way of preparing the meal are the same for everyone, young and old. With chapters dedicated to the journeys that have been experienced by her family, Versatile
captures the discovery of seasonal variety, and the colours and scents of dishes that they enjoyed together. Italian cuisine is regional rather than national and often there are several interpretations of a single recipe, each developed according to local traditions and the availability of regional ingredients. In Italy, everybody has always something to say or to add! Throughout the book, the theme of versatility is further enhanced as, when a family adopt a recipe, they take the destiny of a recipe into their own hands, shaping and serving yet more versions of a classic dish across the generations. As well as simple recipes that children can prepare for the family, the book features an entire chapter dedicated to the many celebrated special occasions that see Italians gather around large tables with family and friends. Le Feste (special occasions) are another wonderful 'excuse' to rejoice with plenty of delicious food, fine wine and delightful company. In addition to her own recipes and those handed down to her by her mother, this book also includes recipes passed on by other members of Grazia's family and who share her love for food.