The TV tie-in cookbook to accompany Gino's new Italian Escape series on ITV this autumn: Gino's Italian Coastal Escape.
'I know that some of you may never visit Italy, but with these simple and delicious recipes, which were inspired by my recent trip, I can bring a little bit of Italy to you.'
Just back from his epic journey along Italy's stunning west coast for the ITV series Gino's Italian Coastal Escape, everyone's favourite Italian chef reveals the wonders of one of the richest and most varied cuisines in the world.
Drawing inspiration from the markets and kitchens he visited and the locals he met, Gino has brought together these authentic regional recipes for you to recreate easily at home. Many are seafood classics, such as Amalfi-style fish soup and spaghetti vongole, but there is a wide range of other savoury dishes and sumptuous desserts. In addition, Gino shares some family recipes that he enjoyed when growing up in Campania, including his mother's meatballs and father's spicy calzone.
All the recipes perfectly capture the essence of Italy's beautiful coastline and will have you cooking and eating like an Italian in no time.
Chapters will include: Antipasti; Pasta and Rice; Pizza; Fish; Shellfish and Seafood; Poultry and Meat; Salads, Sides and Accompaniments; Desserts.
Gino was born in Napoli in the south of Italy into a large family. The food they ate was very traditional - simple recipes based on fresh and healthy fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.
'My grandfather said that a good recipe doesn't need many ingredients because if the ingredients are good quality and full of flavour, why do you have to cover up or change their taste'. This is a philosophy Gino has stuck to since he first started in the kitchen. After training at the Luigi de Medici Catering College, Gino came to London at 19 and worked at The Orchard Restaurant in Hampstead and then at the Cambio restaurant in Surrey.
Working with Tesco on their Finest range led to his first TV appearance on Great Food Live on UKTV Food and a TV chef was born! With a cheeky smile and exceptional talent, he was well on the way to becoming one of the UKs most popular chefs.
Gino is the author of several best-selling books including Fantastico!, Gino's Pasta, Italian Home Baking and Gino's Italian Escape.
He is married to Jessica and they have three children, Luciano, Rocco and Mia.