Explore Italy With These Seven Books

Get to know many of Italy's regions through anecdotes, the history of a Tuscan cigar company, Prosecco cocktail recipes and rustic dishes.
Photo by Meg Baggott

Maybe a trip to Italy wasn’t in the cards for you this summer, but don’t let that stop you from getting to know the country’s food, drink and other pleasures. These books make a staycation feel like a trip around the country.

A Table in Venice

By Skye McAlpine (Clarkson, March 2018)

The author moved to Venice as a child, and this book is filled with her sweet anecdotes and everyday recipes.

Toscano Cigars

By Enrico Mannucci (Rizzoli, November 2017)

On its 200th anniversary, learn the fascinating history of this Tuscan cigar company—or just enjoy beautiful, leafy images.

Prosecco Made Me Do It

By Amy Zavatto (Andrews McMeel Publishing, April 2018)

Learn a bit about Italy’s signature sparkler, then use it in any of the 60 cocktails detailed in this bubbly little book. Cin cin!

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The Plantpower Way: Italia

By Julie Piatt and Rich Roll (Avery, April 2018)

Straightforward vegan recipes inspired by rustic Italian cuisine are interspersed with stunning photography in this book.

Corsica: The Recipes

By Nicolas Stromboni (Smith Street Books, October 2017)

Part of France, this island has strong Italian influences in its cuisine and culture. Get to know its food and wine in this gorgeous book.

Recipes from an Italian Butcher

By The Silver Spoon Kitchen (Phaidon, October 2017)

This encyclopedic volume will teach you regional preparations for meat and so much more.

Autentico: Cooking, the Italian Way

By Rolando Beramendi (St. Martin’s Griffin, October 2017)

With a forward by Ina Garten, this book tackles every step of a true Italian meal, from grocery shopping to dessert.

Published on June 26, 2018
Topics: Food
About the Author
Layla Schlack
Senior Editor

Schlack has written and edited stories about cooking, dining, spirits, entertaining and travel, as well as developed recipes, in various editorial roles at Fine Cooking and Hemispheres. Her writing has won a NATJA award. When she’s not editing Wine Enthusiast’s food, spirits and entertaining stories, she can usually be found clanging around her Connecticut kitchen, beverage in hand, trying to re-create some tasty meal she’s had over the course of her travels. Email: lschlack@wineenthusiast.net




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