After three successful seasons of "Dolce Vita", David Rocco now has a cookbook out. Cooking and eating is such a big part of the Italian lifestyle, and the book captures that with lots of photos of food and family. David often says, "I'm not a chef, I'm Italian!" and believes cooking should be simple and fun. The book aims for easy-to-learn but authentic and tasty recipes. I've always liked his infectious charm and easy-going manner. I hear the book continues in that vein too.
Thanks to the generous folks at Discovery Travel & Living (DTL) Asia, I have five of his cookbooks to give away to readers! Contest is open to residents of Singapore.
All you have to do is answer two simple questions (in the comments).
Q.1 What cuisine is featured in Dolce Vita?
Q.2 What would you tell David Rocco if you got the chance to meet him?
This time it's not "first come, first win" so don't worry if you're reading this a day late. I'll be choosing the five most interesting answers to Question 2 but answers to Question 1 must be correct, of course. Deadline, however, is midnight of 24 Dec 2009. Winners will be announced on the blog on Christmas morning, so come back here to see if you've got an extra present!
The book is also available at Kinokuniya bookstores (members get 20% off storewide til 27 Dec 2009). I'm definitely going to check it out.
DTL also has a few programs lined up for Christmas. Program descriptions from the channel itself:
Nigella's Christmas Kitchen 2 - every Monday at 7pm; beginning 14 Dec
Domestic goddess Nigella Lawson believes that Christmas is both a season to be treasured and a state of mind that has to be achieved by relishing long established routines and welcoming new ones too. In the new "Nigella's Christmas Kitchen 2", Nigella will be preparing her Christmas larder in advance, prepping party food for the freezer and revealing some of her sanity preserving short-cuts that make even the most routine recipes redolent with Christmas sparkle! Learn the joys of an unhurried Christmas this year in "Nigella's Christmas Kitchen 2!
Willie's Perfect Chocolate Christmas - premieres Wed 23 Dec at 9pm
The eccentric chocolatier Willie Harcourt-Cooze returns for a holiday special in "Willie's Perfect Chocolate Christmas". Having successfully set up their 'wonky' chocolate factory in Devon, Willie, Tania and their three children return for a festive foodie extravaganza. Willie will be taking care of the menu for the holiday season, preparing a series of mouth watering chocolate themed recipes, boozy chocolate mince pies, a classic chocolate tart and the perfect party treats for entertaining friends including a quince chocolate cheese and a chocolate and clementine cheesecake. It’s going to be oh-so-chocolate-y Christmas on Discovery Travel & Living!