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Our Favourite Italian Cookbooks

Visiting Italy and getting the chance to sample food with locals is definitely the best way to get to know Italian cuisine. But if you are not in Italy, here are a few cookbooks to discover different regional culinary traditions.

Tasting Rome: Fresh flavors and forgotten recipes from an ancient city

KATIE PARLA - KRISTINA GILL


In 2016, together with Kristina Gill - food and travel photographer who has lived in Rome since 1999, she wrote interesting cookbook.

In this cookbook you will find recipes of traditional dishes such as gnocchi or castagnole (small sweet fried dough balls) and century-old traditions such as the Roman-Jewish cooking of Rome.

Dolci: Italy's sweets

FRANCINE SEGAN


This book presents more than 125 recipes for cookies, cakes, pastries, frozen confections and more. You will find here recipes for sweets such as Sicilian cannoli, zuppa inglese and well as other classics and traditional holiday sweets. 

Each recipe includes background information including a description of the finished product as well as its origins. 

The recipes are clearly written with photos that are not only beautiful, but provide plating ideas. The book covers a full range of recipes from chocolate, coffee, dairy to fruit based desserts. 

Southern Italian Desserts: Rediscovering the Sweet Traditions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and Sicily 

ROSETTA COSTANTINO


In this book Rosetta Costantino collects 75 favourite recipes from the regions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily. These areas have a rich history of beautiful desserts, many of them tied to holidays and Sicily.

For example, Zeppole di San Giuseppe are pastries topped with cream and cherries, traditionally made in Campania for the celebration of Father's Day.

 You will find here recipes for classics such as cannoli and gelato, as well as delicious sweets such as cassata, almond-flecked cooking and flaky cream filled sfogliatelle. This delightful cookbook will expand your dessert repertoire and leave you dreaming of Italy.

Sweet Sicily:  Sugar and spice and all things nice

ALESSANDRA DAMMONE

This amazing cookbook is written by native Sicilian Alessandra Dammone. It contains amazing recipes of the best Sicilian desserts as well great photos of it.

Recipes are written both in English and Italian. Sweet, intense and colourful is how Sicilian pastries will appear for the fortunate eyes seeing them for the first time. 


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