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.
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
PS Want to read more of Florence’s favourite cook books?