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Recipes from an Italian Summer

A mouth-watering book of Italy's warm-weather recipes from the authors of the Italian cooking bible

by Roman Espejo in Food + Drink on 01 July 2010

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For Italian food fanatics, the new cookbook "Recipes from an Italian Summer" culls the country's famed culinary delights, gathering together a collection of warm-weather dishes that go far beyond flavored ice. Spanning lesser known North African-infused Sicilian cuisine to more traditional Tuscan fare, the recipes and photos alike are a gorgeously inspiring journey through Italy's diverse terrain and its seasonal produce.

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Chapters dedicated to usual summer affairs such as picnics, barbecues, entertaining and more help put the pretty pictures and mouth-watering recipes to use. Compiled by the authors of the "The Silver Spoon"—the magnum opus of Italian cooking—the book serves up over 380 newly-sourced recipes dedicated to more daring chefs. Dishes such as ham and kiwi mousse, veal roulades in aspic and Trieste-style potato gnocchi with plums appear next to classics like piadina, Florentine T-bone steak and gelato in flavors from rose petal to jasmine flower.

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Colorful photographs of the dishes and ingredients by Andy Sewell are interspersed with hazy scenes of the nation's countryside shot by Joel Meyerowitz. The book also includes a calendar of seasonal produce, a schedule of summer food festivals, a directory of specialty stores stocking items used in the cookbook and Italian translations of all the recipe titles for a little passive learning.

"Recipes from an Italian Summer" sells from Amazon.

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