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Aperitivo by Kay Plunkett-Hogge

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Let's be honest: who doesn't want to be a little bit Italian? To glide through Rome on a Vespa like Marcello Mastroianni, wearing an impeccable suit? Or sit in St Mark's Square in Venice at dusk, nibbling cicchetti and sipping an Aperol spritz? This is la dolce vita, and this is aperitivo - Italy's take on drinks and small snacks.

Aperitivo brings together 80 recipes from across Italy, and tells the stories behind the food and the drinks that shape the aperitif hour. The book opens with the aperitivi themselves - Campari and Aperol - as well as recipes for classic Italian cocktails (including the perfect Negroni) and a guide to Italian wine. Kay then introduces simple recipes for Antipasto and Pinzimonio; Tramezzini; Bruschette and Crostini; Seafood; Meat and Fowl; Vegetables, Dairy and Eggs; Bread and Baking; and Dolci. So let's cinch in our waists, pop on some cat's eye sunglasses, and make like Sophia Loren. It's time for Aperitivo. 

About the Author

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is a cookery writer and broadcaster based in London. A former model agent in New York and London, and a movie co-ordinator in Bangkok and Los Angeles, Kay is the co-author of the bestselling Bryn's Kitchen with the award-winning London chef Bryn Williams, LEON: Family & Friends with John Vincent and the Little Leon series with Henry Dimbleby, Claire Ptak and John Vincent. She also worked with US chef Chris Bianco on his forthcoming book and with Hollywood actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook, The Tucci Table (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Her acclaimed book, Make Mine a Martini, also published by Mitchell Beazley, was the Financial Times's pick for Drinks Book of the Year 2014 and led to her writing a weekly cocktail column for the Daily Telegraph.

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