Manchester restaurants the French and Manchester House have been over-run with bookings following their appearance on a BBC TV show.
The first impression on seeing this book is to wonder if the world needs another book on pasta, even when the author is as respected and admired as Antonio Carluccio. There must be 10 pasta books at least in my own collection, and I am very choosy about what I keep and what travels to the charity shops.
Serving pasta with a fish sauce in a bag made of ovenproof paper or aluminium foil concentrates the flavour and fragrance, which explode when the package is opened, invading your nostrils with a truly pleasurable aroma.
James Wellock, managing director of fresh produce supplier Wellocks, welcomes the arrival of the asparagus season and unveils what other exciting ingredients are coming into season next month, while British Larder chef-patron Madalene Bonvini-Hamel creates some seasonal recipes
Place the octopus into a large pot, cover with water and slowly bring up to a simmer.