Gennaro’s Verdure

Widely known as the Italian chef who taught Jamie Oliver, Gennaro Contaldo is a talented, much loved chef who knows a thing or two about vegetables…

Book cover Gennaro's Verdure by Gennaro Contaldo

Gennaro’s Verdure is a testament to the incredible potential of vegetables, including an in-depth profile of each. Whether you’re seeking inspiration for a meatless Monday or aiming to embrace a plant-based lifestyle, Gennaro’s recipes are sure to leave you satisfied, nourished, and eager to experiment with the endless possibilities of vegetables.

Structured by colour chapters that group recipes into vegetable families, Gennaro champions their versatility and breaks the common misconception that vegetables lack texture and flavour. This novel approach not only adds visual appeal but also allows for easy navigation and exploration of the wonderful world of vegetables.

Green vegetables, Gennaro highlights the crisp freshness and health benefits of greens like asparagus, spinach, and broccoli. Humble ingredients that can be transformed into Asparagus Carbonara and Spinach ‘plumcake’, a unique creation that combines savoury and sweet flavours.

In Red vegetables, Gennaro celebrates the vibrant hues and rich flavours of produce such as tomatoes, Swiss chard and red peppers and creates Chard Calzone and zingy Tomato Sorbet.

Sunshine vegetables radiating with the vibrant colours of yellow, cream and orange vegetables. showcasing the natural sweetness and sunny disposition of ingredients such as carrots, onions and pumpkins – from comforting Pumpkin Gnocchi to Carrot Soufflé.

Purple vegetables such as aubergines, purple radicchio and beetroots take centre stage in beetroot Capracchio and Raddchio Terrine.

While not all recipes are entirely plant-based, Gennaro ensures that every dish includes the beauty and goodness of plants. With his signature Italian touch, these innovative meals are designed to please not only vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians, but also meat-eaters looking to incorporate more vegetables into their diet.

Gennaro’s Verdure: Big and bold Italian recipes to pack your plate with veg (Pavilion Books) will be released on the 14th of March 2024