Donal Skehan

Cookbook Review and Competition: Two Greedy Italians

In terms of a television format, couples cooking on TV together works beautifully. First came The Two Fat Ladies, then The Hairy Bikers and now we have The Two Greedy Italians.Β  Although the format is the same, two different cooks, on the road, cooking similar food with different takes on it, for me there is so much more going on in Two Greedy Italians.Β  It’s packed full of Italian history, touching personal stories, beautiful scenery and most importantly fantastic food.Β  I had read about the pairing of these two, old, Italian chefs a couple of months ago and couldn’t wait to see what the outcome would be.Β  Antonio Carluccio, the godfather of Italian cookery for many years and Gennaro Contaldo, the man made famous as the mentor to Jamie Oliver, combine forces to create one of the warmest and most fascinating on screen duo’s TV cookery has seen.Β  Sure there might be set up shots, but at the heart of their TV show, there is a genuine friendship and a real warmth.

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Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook!

Ever heard of Annabel Langbein? No? Well neither had I up until a few months ago.Β  While I was cooking away in the kitchen with Good Food channel on in the background, a soft New Zealand accent came from the tellybox and I was intrigued.Β  I sat down and watched the entire program and that was all it took for me to be totally taken in by this free range cook from New Zealand!Β  The program was full of beautiful scenery and most importantly lots of simple, fresh homecooking. A quick trip to google allowed me to see that she had a new book which I finally have in my hands and I can honestly say it’s fantastic.

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