Alimentari literally means ‘good food and camaraderie’ and that is just what is celebrated at this cult cafe. Full of cafe and deli favourites, Alimentari recipes are perfect for sharing and entertaining with friends and family. It’s where Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern, and where delicious, wholesome ingredients and accessible techniques combine to create the perfect book for home cooking. Think incredible salads, beautiful breakfasts and dinners for entertaining or for the family.
The book starts with morning (early breakfast and brunch), midday (light salads, takeaways, mains salads, sitting in), later (Lebanese, from the woodfire, sweets). And finishes with pickles, preserves and condiments.
Alimentari recipes are perfect for easy weeknight dinners, entertaining with friends, healthy and flavoursome salads and sandwiches, as well as old favourites for that lazy weekend morning breakfast or afternoon tea. It's the ideal book for the home cook who wants to eat well without the fuss. Like having your favourite corner cafe at home, Alimentari shares the secrets of the best recipes for how we eat today.
Linda Malcolm spent her twenties travelling through Europe, working in hospitality and dreaming of transporting a little of the magic of southern Italian Alimentari's home. Back in Melbourne, she teamed up with old school pal Dolores Napolitano and decided that what Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, needed was an old-school deli. The pair had no money and no business plan, the most basic of working kitchens and no toilet at their chosen corner site, as well as just two collapsible tables thrown together for nix by their coffee supplier. But 15 years later, Alimentari is one of the best-loved fixtures in this constantly evolving food precinct.
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