Top Reads this month

Dreaming of long walks in the Tuscan countryside? Don’t know where to go next with your summer recipes?  We look at Florentine cuisine and the use of garlic, we survey a photographic overview of Italy, and we go to the Apennines, Lake Garda, Venice – and even Australia… Florentine: The true cuisine of florence Emiko […]

Bill’s Italian Food

Bill’s Italian Food Bill Granger, HarperCollins, £20 (hardback) This is definitely worth making room for. Filled with easy, everyday recipes to whet your appetite, each page is as colourful as the next. The biggest problem is deciding which meal to make first! Bill Granger, a self-taught cook and international restaurateur, is a firm believer in […]

Tuscany Review

Find your way around beautiful Tuscany with this extensive guide… TUSCANY by Rebecca Ford, Footprint, £13.99 (paperback) Tuscany has an embarrassment of riches for the visitor, and so it’s no surprise that this exhaustive guide book runs to 320 pages. It features in-depth advice and tips for all the major parts of the region and […]

The Honoured Society Review

Delve into the story of the Mafia in this gripping non-fiction novel, ‘The Honoured Society’… The Honoured Society by Petra Reski, Atlantic Books, £17.99 (hardback) This exposé of the Cosa Nostra reveals the startling breadth of the Mafia’s corrupting influence in Italian government and details the expanding operation of the competing ’Ndrangheta whose reach now […]

The Last of the Vostyachs Review

Diego Marani’s new novel, ‘The Last of the Vostyachs’, is an Italian translation that should not be missed… The Last of the Vostyachs by Diego Marani, Dedalus Books£9.99 (paperback) Some of you may have already heard of Diego Marani. His last novel New Finnish Grammar has been a runaway cult success, and rightly so – […]

Pasta Artigiana Review

Enjoy a wealth of pasta recipes with Nino Zoccali’s Pasta Artigiana… Pasta Artigiana by Nino Zoccali, Murdoch Books, £20 (hardback) If you miss the taste of Italy while waiting for your next overseas trip, Nino Zoccali’s Italian recipe book should help sate those cravings. As the title suggests, this is a heavily pasta-based cook book, […]

Pete Evans’ Pizza Review

Test your palette with Pete Evans’ weird and wonderful pizza recipes… PIZZA by Pete Evans, Murdoch Books, £18.99 (hardback) Over the course of some 250 pages, award-winning Australian chef Pete Evans details a whole range of pizzas, including some intriguing variations such as breakfast pizzas with sausage and fried egg, and some less obvious toppings […]

Italian Kitchen Review

Anna Del Conte brings Italy to your kitchen and brightens up your cookery skills in her new book, Italian Kitchen… Italian Kitchen by Anna Del Conte, Square Peg, ?20 (hardback) This is one of those recipe books where you start marking your favourite pages, only to discover that ultimately you have littered the whole book […]