Italy has, in my humble opinion, the best cuisine in the world yet so few Italian recipe books ever get much beyond pasta and pizza.
In Italy there are literally millions of cook books focusing on every nuance of Italian cooking.
Pity though that very few have ever been translated into English.
To overcome that I have spent ages searching for the best Italian cookbook - those translated into or written in English.
Let me share the results of all those long hours of research.
Four books guaranteed to bring to you the real taste of Italy...
The Best Italian cookbook ever written? I am not sure if that definition, which is so often given to this great book, is quite justified but if there is one classic book about Italian food and cooking, that every lover of Italian recipes must have, then it is this book. No other Italian cookbook is anywhere near as comprehensive.
It is always surprising how few good recipe books there are focusing on the excellent cuisine of Venice and the Veneto. In English this is definitely the best one I have discovered. Even if you don't feel much like cooking don't worry as this is a beautiful book for your coffee table too. Packed full of the most evocative photos of the Veneto it will have you longing to visit this splendid corner of Italy.
The best Italian cookbook you will find in English in my opinion. Unless you really want to become an expert on Italian food then this is the only Italian recipe book you will ever need. Full of easy to make genuine Italian recipes passed down through generations, this book is a true gem.
Much like La Cucina, the Essentials of Classic Italian cooking brings "real Italian cooking" to the English speaking world. Some of the recipes in this book are just so delicious they will drive you quite crazy with delight. All in all a lovely book packed full of authentic recipes for many the very best of Italian dishes.