I have always enjoyed deli food. I’m talking about the stuff from the really good delicatessens you find mostly in larger cities. “Alimentari”, the cookbook shares some amazing recipes from Brunswick Street Alimentari, a delicatessen, in Melbourne Australia. This family owned gem, established in 1998 serves the most amazing looking dishes.
“Alimentari has recipes for Morning, Midday and Later. The full color photos in this medium soft cover book make me want to book a flight to Australia. Since I have not won the lottery yet I will have to make the recipes myself. Yay!
Breakfast, salads, wraps, soups, entrees, deserts and basics are included. Just the names of the recipes make my mouth water.
Here are a few Examples:
Corn Cakes with Grilled Bacon, Avocado Salsa and Poached Eggs
Saffron and Leek Risotto
Fennel, Pear, Kohlrabi and Watercress Salad
Ricotta-Stuffed Eggplant “Cannelloni”
Chickpea and Coriander Fritters
Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
Y’all are absolutely going to want a copy of this cookbook. Another must have for your cookbook collection from Hardie Grant.
Alimentari literally means ‘good food and camaraderie’ and that is just what is celebrated at this cult cafe. Full of cafe and deli favourites, Alimentari recipes are perfect for sharing and entertaining with friends and family. It’s where Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern, and where delicious, wholesome ingredients and accessible techniques combine to create the perfect book for home cooking. Think incredible salads, beautiful breakfasts and dinners for entertaining or for the family.
The book starts with morning (early breakfast and brunch), midday (light salads, takeaways, mains salads, sitting in), later (Lebanese, from the woodfire, sweets). And finishes with pickles, preserves and condiments.
Recipe examples include breakfast favourites such as spanish tortilla; mini ciabatta with scrambled eggs, prosciutto, sea salt; chickpea coriander fritters; and semolina porridge with rhubarb compote. A dedicated salad section includes delicious recipes like like soybean, kale, mint, spring onion and lemon salad; risoni pasta with grilled zucchini, Greek feta, lemon and mint; mother-in-law tabouleh salad; and lunch specials like felafel and kibbeh wraps; stunning sanwiches; and chickpea, fregola and wild fennel soup. Dinners include easy recipes for the family or fuss-free but impressive meals that are perfect for entertaining like suckling pig and fennel lasagne; meatballs; eggplant cannelloni filled with ricotta; Portugese fish stew and cabbage rolls filled with mince lamb, mint, rice, garlic and tomato. Dessert and afternoon tea lovers are not forgotten with Persian love cake; fig and marscapone tartin; red velvet cakes; and baklava.
Alimentari recipes are perfect for easy weeknight dinners, entertaining with friends, healthy and flavoursome salads and sanwiches, as well as old favourites for that lazy weekend morning breakfast or afternoon tea. It’s the ideal book for the home cook who wants to eat well without the fuss. Like having your favourite corner cafe at home, Alimentari shares the secrets of the best recipes for how we eat today.
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