Author(s): Guy Grossi
Guy Grossi's parents emigrated from northern Italy to Melbourne in 1960, finding themselves in a country that was beginning to embrace other cultures. 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 personal collection of more than 100 family recipes and stories, stunningly photographed by Sharyn Cairns, is an invitation to cook the way the Grossi family do.
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.