A Night In with
Join one of the UK’s most-loved chefs Gennaro Contaldo to celebrate the publication of his new book, Gennaro’s Cucina.
Cucina povera is the basis from which all our favourite Italian dishes come from. It’s the sort of cooking Gennaro was brought up on and still cooks today. It originated mainly from rural areas, where meals were created using the limited number of ingredients available – either what people grew or what little they could afford to buy. In doing so, they learnt to value what they had and to lovingly cook dishes to ensure they tasted better, using all their imagination to make dishes go as far as they could.
In his new cookbook, Gennaro takes us on a culinary journey of regional basic Italian staples and turns them into beautiful meals. With tips and ideas of what to do with leftovers, Gennaro helps home cooks squeeze maximum use from the ‘cucina povera’ ethos, turning humble ingredients into nourishing feasts without taste sacrifice.
For this special event, Gennaro will discuss why now felt like the best time to write a new cookbook focusing on Cucina Povera. He will delve into his favourite recipes from the book, from Pumpkin Risotto to Egg and Parmesan Gnocchi. Cucina encourages an ethos of zero waste, ensuring that every part of the ingredient, and your budget is put to good culinary use. Be sure to tune in!