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Chicken Bolognese pic from cookbook

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risotto alla milanese 
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I have always enjoyed my food and eating makes me content, for those who know me well I am probably stating the most obvious. Although I have never been qualified as a chef or cook, that honour is most undoubtedly my fathers, as it was he, as well as my mother, who worked themselves to the bone, and especially my fathers cooking career, which took him to the pinnacle of some of Melbourne's finest restaurants over nearly four decades, that I am truly indebted, and is where I get my true passion for the culinary arts, so to speak. 
 
Over many years I have engaged in the art of dinner parties, cooking at home, cooking for my friends and sometimes colleagues, wanting to see happy faces and contented stomachs, fulfilled entirely in the fact that there really isn't anything better than having lovely people around to share some wonderful food, conversation, life stories....... and music.
 
"Playing with food" was my first cookbook, Italian Cooking (with accompanying original 11 track music cd) in 2006, 'The Age' Newspaper (Melbourne) wrote..... 'a book to dine for'..... which led inspiration to my next,"Music to Dine for" (cookbook and accompanying original 17 track music cd), published in December 2008.
 
Mark Zocchi from Brolga Publishing has been integral in getting my work published to the public domain.
 
Please enjoy what you are about to discover in this website and let me know of anything you believe will enhance the look, feel, sound and taste of it.
 
  •  Please feel free to download any one (or all) of the recipes below  (right click and save)

 
 
 
 
Recipes (in pdf format) 
 
Please note: Although both cookbooks are now sold out, there may be an chance to purchase them through my publisher (Mark Zocchi @ Brolga Publishing / refer to CONTACT page) or alternatively there may be some copies available @
 Abe.com (internet bookstore) 

 

 
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Strawberries with balsamic from 'Music to Dine for '
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Peperonata
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pear sorbet from "Music to Dine for"
 click on photos and recipes (to enlarge)
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Polenta bites
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Cannellini bean salad 

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Mussels in white wine
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Caprese salad

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Lasagne

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Chicken with Prosciutto, Recipe from
Music to Dine for
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Front cover "Playing with Food" (2006)
 (my father, Benito Sommavilla, on the
cover)
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Front Cover "Music to Dine For" (released 2008)
 
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