Italian Coastal: Recipes and Stories from Where the Land Meets the Sea

Thames & Hudson. May 2024. 240p. ISBN 9781760764333. $39.95. COOKING
In her second cookbook, after A House Party in Tuscany, Guinness expands beyond Tuscan food to delve into the flavors of the regions of Italy that border the Tyrrhenian Sea. The book is divided into five chapters, covering drinks and appetizers, vegetable-, fish-, and meat-focused meals, and desserts. Guinness, who grew up in Tuscany and currently resides in Florence, hopes to transport readers to this waterfront landscape with her book’s 40+ creative and interesting recipes. Stories about the food and life along the ocean are interspersed throughout this easily readable cookbook, and dreamlike landscape and food photography by Saghar Setareh, along with vivid recipe descriptions, deftly transport readers to Italy. The book notes which recipes are best suited to cooking for larger groups and which are better for smaller numbers, and sections titled “My Tyrrhenian Larder,” “My Tyrrhenian Orchard,” and “My Tyrrhenian Fridge” helpfully list ingredients to keep on hand. Multiple sample menus are also included to help readers put together full meals from the book.
VERDICT Libraries with robust cookbook and lifestyle collections will want to consider this book. Readers who want to delve into regional Italian cooking will enjoy.
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