Guy Grossi's parents emigrated from northern Italy to Melbourne in 1960. While his father worked as a chef, his mother turned out the pastas, braises, soups, and puddings she had learnt growing up in Verona and in Milan, which sustained the hungry family of six. As a young boy Guy learnt from his mother how to knead pagnotta, roll gnocchi, and whisk the zabaglione, and it is this food that has been the inspiration for his cooking ever since. This collection of more than 100 recipes, along with the family stories and memories behind the food, is a very personal invitation to cook with the Grossi family.
Guy Grossi is an icon of Italian cooking in Australia. He is the owner and head chef of renowned Melbourne restaurant Grossi Florentino, and owner of Mirka at Tolarno Hotel in St Kilda, Merchant Osteria Veneta in Melbourne's Rialto complex and Grossi Trattoria in Bangkok. Recognised as the country's leading authority on Italian cuisine, he has appeared on television programs such as MasterChef Australia, is a judge on My Kitchen Rules and co-hosts Italian Food Safari.