Author(s): Dino Joannides
Dino Joannides is a consummate food fanatic and bon Viveur. With an Italian mother and half Greek half Corsican father he spent his first years in Italy before moving to the UK. Over the last 30 odd years he has traveled and eaten all over Italy in people's homes, simple trattorias and the finest restaurants. Dino believes that good quality ingredients, in small quantities, are what make a perfect meal. Whilst growing up, he had fascinating gastronomic encounters with producers, chefs, cooks and fellow epicureans and he has a unique network of contacts and over 30 years of food related knowledge and experience. If you've ever bought olive oil in a supermarket and wondered about the difference between Cold Pressed and not cold pressed, or ever bought dried pasta, and wondered if it would be difficult or worthwhile to make your own, then this book is for you. Dino will let you in on the secrets that make Culatello di Zibello the best possible cured meat, and will show you that it is worth seeking out pecorino Romano for your pasta carbonara.
Taking different elements of Italian cooking and exploring their origin and provenance, Dino will explode myths and expound facts surrounding some of the key ingredients in Italian cooking. There are also 100 delicious recipes to show you how to put your well-sourced ingredients together to make the most amazing, achievable and authentic Italian possible.
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Dino's formative years were spent living in various countries in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America due to the fact that his father was first a journalist and then a senior manager with Reuters. After completing undergraduate and postgraduate education in the UK and France, he worked both as a consultant and then for three North American headquartered technology companies. For the last 10 years he has been involved with a number of New Media Software Services startup companies. Today, largely thanks to his work, he gets the opportunity to continue to eat and travel around the world. When at home in London he enjoys cooking and shopping for excellent ingredients. His passion for good food has led to him opening Melograni Alimentari, a deli which brings the best of Italian ingredients together under one roof, and O'Shea's Butchers, considered to be one of the finest butchers in Europe, as well as taking on a couple of non-executive roles with food related businesses.