‘4 Grosvenor Square’, the first cook book from Danilo Cortellini is a celebration of his time at the Italian Embassy in London, featuring recipes that reflect the day-to-day life there; from business lunches to gala dinners, family meals and drinks receptions.
The hardback book features authentic Italian dishes using some of the finest produce available. Sample dishes include multi-coloured burrata tortellini with Sicilian red prawns in a smoked artichoke broth, red mullet with stuffed courgette flower and smoked buffalo mozzarella sauce, and a pumpkin panna cotta with apples and mosto cotto.
The book is divided not simply into starters, mains and desserts but into sections based on style of occasion instead. This provides an insight on how Danilo plans his menus at the Italian Embassy, and certain recipes are perfect for particular events.
However, each dish is applicable to home cooking; if you are looking to impress someone, go for a dish from the pranzi di gala section, or if you are cooking for your family the il pranzo della Domenica chapter is made for you. Nothing is regimented in this book, and Danilo encourages all to experiment and interpret dishes and elements of recipes as you like.
Danilo says: “I never underestimate the comforting side of food, cooking is truly an act of care and love. Treat yourself and your loved ones with a good Italian dish, the whole Embassy menu range is at your disposal with recipes for every occasion.
“You don't need to be a chef to cook well, so forget about showing off, the art of plating and over complicated fussiness. Good cooking should be simple and sincere, rely on good quality ingredients and let them be your natural beauty on plate!”
4 Grosvenor Square, published in both English and Italian, is due to be released on 30th November and will be available to buy from Amazon, Waterstones and all good book shops, priced at £25.00.