Thursday, 3 June 2010

Recipes from an Italian Summer

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In my last post, there were a few comments about my cookbook collection. So I thought this would be an ideal time to introduce you to the latest addition to my collection, Recipes from an Italian Summer. I was recently sent this, promised beautiful photography as well as mouth watering recipes and I have to say I was not disappointed. This book gives exactly what it promises.

To me, the most perfect food to eat in the summer months is Mediterranean food, especially Italian. Fresh, simple to prepare food, ideally sourced locally. I can really ask for nothing better than a dish that includes fresh fish, vegetables, lovely crusty bread accompanied by beautiful olive oils and balsamic vinegars, along with a crisp chilled glass of wine of course.

Just browsing the pages of this book fills me with a longing to visit a quiet farmhouse in a remote area of Tuscany, living a simple life with delicious healthy food.

I was going to sample a recipe for you, as I have done in previous posts. But not only could I not choose which of the amazing dishes to prepare, I cannot compete with the amazing mouth-watering photographs that are already presented. Instead I chose to showcase some of the pages from the book so you can see for yourself.

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50 comments:

  1. it looks like great book and photos are lovely ;o)

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  2. wonderful book! thanks so much for sharing!

    xo Alison

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  3. I recently have started a cooking book collection so when I have my own place soon I won't have to call my mom every 5 minutes. Those pictures in this book are just beautiful!! I love duck & figs. It's like my guilty pleasure expensive food I'll eat. hehe. This looks like a great one to have. I'll look for it.

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  4. Oh you have such a fabulous collection of recipe books. That bread looks delish!

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  5. I must get this book - I love Italian food, especially in summer. We had ratatouille with crusty bread and feta cheese tonight - utterly divine on a warn evening.

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  6. Ooh! The calendula risotto sounds delicious. I just love food.

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  7. looks like a great book! I love med food too :) lots of great vegetarian dishes!

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  8. Ooooh what a lovely book....beautiful pictures and all the food looks amazing :)

    Laura x

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  9. Gorgeous photos, I just love looking at beautiful pictures of food, shame I'm rubbish at creating them!

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  10. looks like a fabulous book! the food looks perfect for summer!

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  11. the photos seems beautiful!!!!

    http://www.iletaitunefoisundressing.com/

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  12. This has made me hungry. I need a new cook book. I will have to look into this!

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  13. i would be too busy looking at the beautiful pictures if italy to be doing any of the actual cooking
    margief
    x

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  14. I was already hungry...now I'm starving!

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  15. lovely! italian food is really the perfect choice for the hot weather and really keep your diet balanced.
    such gorgeous book!
    xxjess

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  16. Oh, the pics from the book are so lovely! The food looks really appetizing! Good luck with the recipes:)

    xx

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  17. Oh yes I LOVE me some Italian food. Not the kind here in America, but authentic, mmmm! Might have to chk this book out.

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  18. Hmmmm, Paula. I think I could have it all for breakfast already. Especially the carpaccio ;)

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  19. Oh my God - this is the most beautiful book ever!!! After spending a year living in Italy I love anything Italian related!! Delicious!! :) xx

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  20. Wow- you have so many nice cooking books. I only have a couple. The pictures look really great. I'd really like to get that Hummingbird Bakery book.
    :)

    S*

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  21. I want this book! The Fisherman's pizza looks amazing.

    Lahela
    http://lahelalondon.wordpress.com

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  22. i love, love books that combine recpies and photography like that, it captures the mood so beautifully! and i agree, simple meditterain foods with fresh produce is the best. brushetta anyone? yummm!

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  23. Looks amazing - going to see if my local library has this! :)

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  24. Oh wow, isn't it the best food in the world?

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  25. I could kill for figs...lol
    One of my favourite fruits!!!!


    I hope you're ok, darling!

    Gros bisous ma chère!

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  26. Some of those pictures seriously made my mouth water. I'm such a sucker for Italian food and I'd love to be able to make some tasty Italiano stuffs from sratch. You'll have to let us know if you try any recipes!

    - Anna Jane xxx
    (PixelatedBlonde.com)

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  27. oh I love cooking.. although mostly I bake cookies :D

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  28. A lovely book with amazing pics, I love italian cooking!

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  29. Ooh I love cookbooks with photos. If they don't have nice pictures, I definitely won't buy them!

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  30. this makes me want another new cookbook when i havent even made anything from my last new ones!

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  31. that books looks great! i think i might have to get a copy.

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  32. wonderful book with beautiful pictures:-)

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  33. HUMMMMM!!!! Nice food!! ;)

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  34. Looks like a great book.=) I really like cooking books, so fun to have some to look in for inspiration.

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  35. This book looks fabulous! Have a lovely wknd xxx

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  36. this book is simply dreamy! I love it :)
    I have a friend whose visiting Italy right now for a wedding -- I keep telling her to try the Gelato there and see how it compares to the kind here in the US :)
    xoxo
    Olivia

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  37. Oh my gosh it's the middle of the night, and now I have this desire to return to Capri and eat some Italian food asap!
    Unfortunately, raised in the typical American suburban summer, the food I relate to summer involves BBQ, corn on the cob, and popsicles. Nothing quite as tasty as these recipes appear to be!

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  38. In Sweden we have a lovley cook named Leila. She makes the most wonderful dishes and bakes magic, really, desserts and cookies!
    Check her out, you can reed it in english! http://www.leila.se/

    And I like your blog alot, You look wonderful :-)

    Anna E

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  39. What a great recipe idea!!

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  40. That looks like such a great cookbook, I love your photographs of the pages too.

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  41. gorgeous book and gorgeous photos, xx

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  42. omg! i love this review recipes! can't wait to try by myself >>
    xx
    yudia aiiu

    http://blackecstasy.blogspot.com

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  43. ooooo wowww could definitely go for all of these for lunch right now!

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  44. What a beautiful book. It makes me want to get into the kitchen!

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  45. mmmm I love Italian food. This all looks so delicious.

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  46. Yum! I LOVE italian food. I really must start making my own pizzas again... nom nom xxx

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  47. I love your green dress and the soes are superb!!

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