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Celebrazione! by Michael Harden
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Vittorio De Bortoli left a war-ravaged Italy in the 1920s looking for better life. In the dusty back blocks of New South Wales, he lived in a make shift lean-to under a water tank surrounded by a flourishing veggie patch. It was a primitive existence but there was work and food and a future filled with possibility. He had found the right place. In 1928, he bought his first farm, made his first wine and married his childhood sweetheart Giuseppina. Seventy-five years on, Vittorio's son Deen and four of his grandchildren are running the seventh largest wine company in Australia. Good food, good wine and good friends' is the unofficial family motto, and the traditions of Italian food are an essential part of the De Bortoli story. Recipes include those from Vittorio's early days when food was scarce - the simple Pan Bogio (bread soup) and Osei Polenta (sparrow skewers on polenta) - to the recipes from the world famous chefs, such as Antonio Carluccio, Lorenza De Medici and Rick Stein, who visit the De Bortolis' Yarra Valley winery to talk and cook food. Celebrazione! Is the De Bortoli story. A family that continues to do business around the dining table with a veggie patch that still flourishes. Theirs is the story of Italian immigrants made good - it is story worth celebrating.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2003
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Hardie Grant Books
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