Florence’s Book Club: Italian Home baking

This week, I’m going slightly off the beaten track with the book recommendations and shifting from fiction to food. You all know I love my food and so I love recipe books, particularly when they are as evocative as this one. Italy is one of my favourite countries, I love visiting there and it’s also hands down my favourite type of food, so when I flicked through this book several months back in WH Smith, I knew I was going to have to buy it.

Italian Home Baking: 100 Irresistible Recipes for Bread, Biscuits, Cakes, Pizza, Pasta and Party Food by Gino D’Acampo

The recipe book is full of baked recipes, so it naturally starts off with about a million variations on the humble loaf, from ciabatta to foccacia, stuffed, plain, with olives and sun dried tomato, there’s bound to be something to make you want to slow down and knead the dough for your very own masterpiece.

There are (Italian) cakes too but the book branches out a little further into recipes where baking is simply part of the process, like pizza of course, but also baked pasta dishes. Although I like Gino D’Acampo, I’ve never really loved him on TV, but the way he talks about family and the role of food within it is enough to make you go all Jamie over him, just like the Essex lad ‘sexified’ food, here’s an easy-on-the-eye chef with a tan and a twinkle straight from the Italian school of charm.

If you are a fan of Italian food or know someone who is, I would totally recommend it, I know many of the recipes will be gracing my table this summer.

Can you recommend any great Italian or other regional food cook books?


Italian Home Baking: 100 Irresistible Recipes for Bread, Biscuits, Cakes, Pizza, Pasta and Party Food by Gino d’Acampo available on Amazon for £9.99

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5 thoughts on “Florence’s Book Club: Italian Home baking

  1. Rebecca this looks amazing!

    I’m half Italian so naturally I am somewhat obsessed with Italian food. My Mum (the non-Italian parent) bakes Italian bread every weekend so I’m definitely going to get this for her!


  2. Gino D’Acampo is a recent discovery for me too, like you I’m not much of a fan of his on the telly but I love his cook books! I’ve not looked at this one as I assumed it would just be cakes and I’m not much of a baker but I think I will now. My favourite is Gino’s pasta, it’s full of quick, easy and fairly cheap to prepare dishes, lots of our mid week staples now come from there. The linguine with tinned tuna, olives and chilli is amazing! He also has a diet book which is worth a look for healthier alternatives.

  3. Yum, that bread looks delicious!

    I’m not a big fan of Jamie Oliver (which is probably akin to heresy in this country!), but Jamie’s Italy is a great recipe book. His pizza recipe alone makes it a worthy investment, but everything I’ve done from there is delicious – I made his pasta alla Norma at the weekend for friends and it was so so good. x

  4. As an Italian, I find the best recipes are those that my mum passes on to me, but in the absence of my mum, The Silver Spoon
    is definitely my favourite book. It contains hundreds of Italian recipes from all regions and no shortcuts – just authentic recipes using the authentic cooking methods. The only downside is the fact that you don’t have a picture for every recipe, which I struggle with because if I’m cooking something that I don’t know what it looks like, I like to look at the picture to make sure I’m on the right track, but apart from that, I love it. You can buy the 2011 edition on Amazon for £20. xx

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