The word bread appears in both titles of the two best books published in 2017. Il pane è oro is signed by Massimo Bottura & friends and I wrote about it here. Laura Lazzaroni, instead, has written Altri grani altri pani published by Guido Tommasi Editore. Both are not-to-be-missed.
Lazzaroni is a real journalist, whom we awarded in 2014 at Identità Golose, when she co-authored 10 Lezioni di Cucina with Niko Romito. So as to give an idea of her love for bread, when she opened a consultancy firm with Gianluca Biscalchin, a gourmet lover who expresses himself through drawings, she called it Bread. It cannot be a coincidence and in fact she defines herself as «a decent home-bread-maker».
Niko Romito portrayed by Alberto Zanetti
As for “bread and Bread”, with the different initial letter, in this confession there’s the difference that affects those who eat while acquiring a decent knowledge of the topic, and those who transform food into their reason for living, their hobby, passion, profession and can tell when a product is absolutely good. They often eat, knowing there’s better, much better.
The book starts from this question. The meeting with Alice Waters, the creation of her (Lazzaroni’s) mother yeast starting from two books that are an essential part of her life, «the omnipresent Cooked by Michael Pollan and Il Senso di Davide per la farina, by Davide Longoni» until the final paragraph:
Davide Longoni in a photo by Guido Rizzuti
There’s a total of six chapters: Wheat (from which everything starts, even though we forget), From field to mill (featuring Filippo Drago, Renzo Sobrino and Enrico Giacosa), In America (Laura lived and worked there in the Zero years), In the oven (with, for instance, Eugenio Pol and Davide Longoni), At the restaurant (and here we have two giants like Niko Romito and Franco Pepe), and finally What remains of bread and the afterword by Salvatore Ceccarelli.
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born in Milan in March 1955, at Il Giornale for 31 years dividing himself between sports and food, since 2004 he's the creator and curator of Identità Golose.
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