Autentico is a deep dive into the world of Italian cooking by Italian food importer and expert Rolando Beramendi. The book starts off with a tour of essential Italian pantry ingredients, not just the ones to have, but how to find the best and the most authentic among them, including resources of where to buy. Recipes are divided into courses (“To Begin With” “Now, For a First Course”) to give additional context and guide you through the progression of a typical Italian menu.
Autentico is equal parts serious and fun, with playfulness mixed throughout (Artichokes with a Hard-On, anyone?), and will make any person seeking deeper food knowledge rich with Italian food wisdom.Autentico is an introduction to the true flavors of Italy. From the bright notes of fresh olive oil to the hearty warmth of slow-cooked ragú, Rolando Beramendi, importer and connoisseur of the finest ingredients from Italy, has crafted a perfect guide to authentic Italian food.
The stunning photography will either make you hungry, invoke a deep longing to visit Italy, or make you look twice (there are some graphic but beautiful images of meat and fish in various states of butchering.) Most likely it will do all three, and have you flipping the pages again and again looking to discover more.
Of the recipes I’ve tried I’m running back to these to make again: Sweet-and-Sour Onions, Steamed Potatoes with Onions and Capers, and the Sausages with Lentils.
Buy a book for yourself, plus one for everybody in your life you lives to eat well! They'll love this book.