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Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy

Clarkson Potter: Crown. Sept. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781984823595. $40. COOKING
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After living in France for several years, chef Thorisson (Kitchen in France) moved to Turin, Italy, with her husband and children. This move inspired her to write this collection focused on classic Italian cuisine. Here, recipes are arranged by course: “Aperitivi, Antipasti, Primi (pasta),” “Secondi (meats),” “Contorni (vegetables),” and “Dolci (sweets).” It’s a family affair, with excellent photography courtesy of Thorisson, the author’s husband. Her children are often included in the photos, interspersed with shots of local residents and the beautiful Italian countryside. The recipes themselves are primarily familiar favorites, such as eggplant parmigiana and pumpkin ravioli with brown butter, chestnut, and sage. Each dish is further prefaced with personal stories and vignettes that often double as a travel narrative.
VERDICT Well laid out and aimed at home cooks, with easily obtainable ingredients and measurements given in both metric and standard amounts, this is an attractive Italian cookbook with an inspirational lifestyle message. Purchase where there is interest.

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