This week I’ve turned to a new best-seller that is plain and simply, a feel-good book. A Family Farm in Tuscany by Sarah Fioroni is a feast for the senses. It is absolutely gorgeous to look through, regardless of how much of it you actually read. This book is like listening to a friend tell you about a vacation spent with the locals in this enchanting part of Italy.
At first glance one notices the recipes, but it is much more. This book has the feeling of a scrapbook, or a diary, and the sections are divided into months of the year. Each month has family stories, and photographs of the countryside and its residents. The surprising thing I found was how the recipes are presented. I expected them to contain ingredients I had never heard of, and be very complicated to prepare; but they don’t seem so at all. Most of the ingredients are common in our grocery stores and the instructions are easy to follow. I find myself reading the recipe names over and over, and imagining what they must sound like when an Italian reads those very words.
This book will make you want to learn Italian, and travel to Italy.