I like to call Christmas the Cookbook Season. Every year during Christmas, book publishers offer shiny, pretty cookbooks to hungry, food porn loving readers. Don't worry, I'm not judging, I'm an avid food porn lover myself after all. Today we are giving away three copies of Phaidon's "Recipes From An Italian Summer". This lovely, thick, hard cover tome is filled with Italian inspired dishes and is authored by the Silver Spoon people with newly collected recipes.
It is divided into seven sections including picnics (don't you just love that there is a whole chapter devoted to picnics?), salads, barbecues, light lunches and suppers, summer entertaining, desserts and ice creams and drinks. It even starts with a calendar of Italian Food Festivals that will have you wanting to move to Italy (sorry Dear Readers, this doesn't come with an airline ticket ;) ) and a seasonal food calendar.
The whole book stretches to over 400 pages and has lovely gems such as bottarga crostini, buffalo mozzarella caprese salad, quails with white grapes, duck with peaches and an intriguing lettuce omelette and strawberry risotto. You know I'm a big food photo lover and the photos are nice although like some Phaidon cookbooks they tend to be bunched together in sections rather than opposite or near the actual recipe.
Thanks to Phaidon, we are giving away three copies of Recipes From An Italian Summer to some very lucky NQN readers! For a chance to win one of these copies, all you have to do is tell me which is your favourite picnic dish and why. Simply add your answer as a comment to the story. The competition ends at Midnight AEST 12th December, 2010 so you may just get your copy under the Christmas tree! ;) You can enter this once daily. This competition is open to anyone in Australia.
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Best of luck!