Florentine Food and Stories from the Renaissance City
Florentine is a collection of recipes and photographs from Tuscany's capital. Emiko Davies draws on her lived experience of traditional Florentine cuisine to share recipes that transport readers to the piazzas of Florence. From her torta di mele - a reassuringly nonna-esque apple cake - to ravioli pera e ricotta - mouthwateringly buttery pear and ricotta ravioloni - allow yourself to be taken on a culinary tour through the city. Florentine is a unique stroll through the city's streets, past pastry shops bustling with espresso-sippers, hole-in-the-wall wine bars, busy food vans and lunchtime trattorias, to reveal why the people of Florence remain proudly attached to their unchanging cuisine - a cuisine that tells the unique story of its city, dish by dish. From the morning ritual of la pasticceria (the pastry shop) and il forno (the bakery), the tantalising fresh produce of il mercato (the market) and il maccellaio (the butcher) through to the romance of la trattoria, Davies expertly guides food lovers through the Renaissance city. Be swept up in the atmosphere of Florence's street food scene with a few bites of crunchy crostini with fig compote and prosciutto, or savour a silky gelato of hazelnut and crema. With a nod to Florence's rich history, Florentine offers some much-loved traditional dishes, such as schiacciata fiorentina (orange and vanilla cake), apricot jam crostata (apricot jam pie), piselli alla fiorentina (peas cooked in tomato sauce) and cinghiale con le olive (stewed wild boar with olives). Seasons and long-held food traditions play an important role in the Tuscan kitchen and this is reflected in every Florentine menu, bakery window or market stall. Davies says that one of the things living in Tuscany has taught her is that there is no such thing as Italian cuisine; rather, Florentine is about offering readers a local's perspective on one of the country's 20 regional cuisines. In this case, the one that has won her heart.
"Florentine is a book that appeals both to my sense of nostalgia and my appetite. It's a beautiful, large-format book, with gorgeous pictures of Florence, and snatches of Florentine life, but is far from being a coffee-table book: the recipes take you there just as evocatively." Nigella Lawson "A must-have for lovers of all things Italian." delicious. "...this is comfort cooking at its best." MiNDFOOD "Part travel guide, part cookbook, part photo essay, this is a keeper." Real Living "The mouthwatering recipes are as easy to achieve as they are beautiful to behold." Australian House & Garden "...love of the Tuscan capital shine through in every page. Combining recipes, history and stunning photography, it's an Italophile's dream." Selector "A must-have for lovers of all things Italian." delicious "...this is comfort cooking at its best." MiNDFOOD
Emiko Davies is a food writer and "Food52" and "Cucina Corriere" columnist living in Tuscany. She first arrived in Florence with nothing but a suitcase and some broken Italian, but it soon stole her heart and inspired her to begin her now five-year-old blog www.emikodavies.com about Tuscan food, its history, and its almost strict adherence to traditions. She is considered an international authority on Florentine food, with a weekly column for "Food52" called "Regional Italian Food," and a biweekly column for Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera," among other features. She is also an accomplished photographer and has had her images featured in "Kinfolk" and "Maeve Magazine."