BOCCA - COOKBOOK

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Italy is a land of appetite, where life is embraced with passion, and food prepared with generosity and joy. But the cuisine is hard to define, as each region has its own rich culinary traditions - and so deep is the belief of locals that their food is the best, that often Italy's finest dishes are unknown from one place to the next.

Jacob Kenedy, a self-avowed culinary magpie, travelled the length and breadth of the country over the course of a year, gathering up his favourite recipes - many of them obscure, some bizarre, all utterly delicious. Like the menu at Bocca di Lupo, Jacob's award-winning London restaurant, this book is a thrilling, exotic journey through the true flavours of Italy: the hearty risotti of the north, the exquisite shellfish of the Veneto, the earthy sausages of Bologna, the fried street food of Rome, the baroque desserts of Naples and the Arab-influenced sweets of Sicily.

The recipes in Bocca are a revelation, a portal to a side of Italy that is gritty, glamorous, seedy and mysterious. Be warned, this is a cookbook with teeth.

The first two paragraph from the book. 

"I don’t eat food, I devour it. The act of consumption, of making something wonderful a part of me, goes rather to my head. In a fleeting moment, I taste that most precious ingredient, the love a great cook has poured so freely into the pot. It is all too easy to forget where the food came from, and the reason it is delicious.

I think there is something particularly alluring about Italian food – don’t you?
It has special qualities that permeate not only every dish worth eating there, but every aspect of the culture. In Italy, my spirits lift. The architecture seems to enhance nature in the countryside, and to exalt mankind in the cities. Human beauty shines in paintings and sculptures, in the smiles people give to children, in the directness with which they talk, in the food they prepare and eat with such passion and understanding. I am freed from any sense of the guilt or malaise that seem so common in the modern age. It is this freedom, this happiness, which makes Italian food so uniquely delicious and nourishing."

Jacob Kenedy

 

Who made my food? - Your food was made by Jake and his team of chefs, working under Jacob Kenedy 

Was all the food made in Italy? - No, your food was prepared in the kitchen of Bocca Di Lupo, Soho (London). The ingredients used were produce from regional markets in Italy, or best of British.

Who chose the wine? - Your wines are from a carefully curated wine list, which is managed by Jacob Kenedy and sommeliers Phill Morgan and Michael Perucci.

What is your return policy? - We cannot accept returns of food. Please email athome@boccadilupo.com if you have any problem - especially if a wine is corked (we can accept returns of corked wine for refund or exchange).

Where's my stuff? - If you're in inner London, your order will be with you between 1pm & 7pm on the day of dispatch. Outside inner London, your order is sent overnight with Parcel Force, and they will deliver on your chosen day. If you have a problem please email athome@boccadilupo.com

Why didn't the recipe work? - We are very very small and learning what we do. Every recipe is tested and written by Jacob Kenedy - if it didn't work either he made a mistake writing the recipe, or you did in following it. In any event contact us if this happens and we'll endeavour to make it right.

How do I store my food? - Store it in its original packaging. Dried pasta can be stored at room temperature, everything else should be kept in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

How long can I store my food? - All recipes are dispatched to be consumed on the received day and the day after, please keep it at the appropriate temperature (see above). 

How long can I store my wine? - All our wines are dispatched mature enough to drink (and be delicious). Some whites and some reds also have ageing potential - email athome@boccadilupo.com if you would like to ask about buying wines to lay down.

What about our packaging? - We have worked hard to make our packaging as friendly and sustainable as possible. 95% of it is recyclable or compostable. Our outer box is recycled (and recyclable) cardboard, our insulation material is made of wool, and so is compostable, or re-usable. The pouches which we send our food in look like plastic, but they're an eco plastic material which is also compostable. Even the tape we use to seal our boxes is paper, not plastic. 

How come the food and wine is so good? - We source and cook with a great deal of love and passion. We don't always get it right - but we really really enjoy ourselves when we do.

How do we handle allergies? - Whilst we have strict food safety measures & procedures in place, and take great care when preparing orders for our customers, we are, as a small business, unable to guarantee that there will be no traces of an allergen in your order. Any request to change a recipe to avoid an allergen that would cause severe reaction or illness will be declined in order to eliminate any risk.

Can I cancel my order? - If you need to cancel your order you must let us know 3 working days prior to your delivery date (excludes Saturday & Sunday). Any cancellations made prior to 3 working days will receive a full refund.

Where do you deliver to? – We deliver nationwide apart from places where next day delivery cannot be guaranteed. This is because our delicious food is fresh and must be kept at a refrigerated temperature throughout its journey to your doorstep. Our eco-friendly thermal packaging will keep it at the correct temperature for 24 hours, getting it to you nice and chilled. This is every area in red on the map below (Zone One), Mainland UK excluding some of the Scottish Highlands.

I'm having trouble ordering! - We will sometimes restrict items to certain areas or certain dates, and not all of the items on our site are available for delivery everywhere. We try to make it clear when we do this, but if you're trying to order and receive an error message at the checkout, please get in touch and we can help, or at least explain.

We deliver across mainland UK, excluding some areas of Scotland.

In inner London we deliver every day except Sunday. Inner London postcodes start with E, EC, W, WC, N, NW, SW, or SE. We aim to deliver between 2 and 7:30pm on your chosen day. 

For UK delivery (postcodes not listed above), choose your delivery day when you order. Delivery is by Parcel Force.  We cannot guarantee a time of delivery, but it will be with you during the day (8am-8pm). Please make sure to provide us with a mobile number for the recipient when you check-out, as Parcel Force may need it to get in touch. We cannot deliver to non-mainland UK addresses, and addresses in the Scottish highlands I'm afraid as fast delivery is not possible. 

We do all we can with love to have your meals and wine reach you in perfect condition. We put our trust in the best providers we can find to have your order delivered without issues, but we are realistic enough to know that things sometimes (very rarely, but sometimes) go wrong. Our delivery is somewhat out of our control, but when issues arise, we will do everything we can to make them right.

We will sometimes restrict items to certain areas or certain dates, and not all of the items on our site are available for delivery everywhere. We try to make it clear when we do this, but if you're trying to order and receive an error message at the checkout, please get in touch and we can help, or at least explain.

MEET THE TEAM

Despite the buzzy feel and glamorous surroundings, we are a family business, a small and humble trattoria at heart. We specialise in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions.

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