by Linda Malcolm
'Alimentari' literally means 'good food and camaraderie' – and that is just what this celebrated Melbourne-based cafe/deli stands by. They present delicious, attainable Italian, modern European, and Middle Eastern food (with some cheffy touches) alongside a compelling story of success of the little deli that became a beloved cornerstone of the thriving and unparalleled cafe culture that Melbourne fosters. From Spanish tortilla, confit potato and caramelized onion to semolina porridge with rhubarb compote; kibbeh wraps to risoni pasta; suckling pig and fennel lasagna to Portuguese fish stew; fig and mascarpone tartin to baklava, there is something to entice and excite any palate.
Accompanied by beautiful food and location photography from the deli and the café, this book will resonate with food lovers around the world as the story of a company that flourished because it spurned food fads and stuck to what it does so well: wholesome ingredients, accessible techniques, and traditional flavors.