Italian food writer to demo at Feast of Dorset festival

Feast of Dorset: Del Conte demo

Feast of Dorset: Del Conte demo

Award-winning, Italian food writer, Anna Del Conte, has joined the list of celebrity chefs conducting demonstrations at the Feast of Dorset (17-18 September 2011).

Described by chef Mark Hix as “the UK’s best food festival”, Del Conte will be hosting a workshop, assisted by her granddaughter, Coco.

Credited by Nigella Lawson as the “cook who changed my life,” Del Conte is said to have transformed the way the British approached Italian cuisine with her first book, Portrait of Pasta, published in 1976. 

A native Milanese, Del Conte used her knowledge of authentic Italian cooking to educate the English there is more to Italian food than just ‘spag bol’, macaroni cheese and tinned ravioli.

Drawing from her own experiences of cooking with her grandchildren, in her new book – Cooking with Coco – Del Conte guides the reader from modest dishes for young children through to more complex cooking for teens – by way of Coco’s first biscuits, meatballs and sweet ricotta pancakes. 

In the familiar style of one grandmother to her grandchild, she teaches the importance of seasonal food and how to pick the best ingredients.

Del Conto and Coco will be demonstrating at midday on 18 September 2011.