Emiko Davies by_Lauren-Bamford-portrait
A little about me

I’m half Japanese, half Australian, living in Florence with an Italian husband and our two children. The daughter of a diplomat, I have spent two-thirds of my life living in countries other than my own, from China to the USA. On a whim I ended up in Florence, Italy. There, I fell in love with a handsome local, a sommelier and my ideal gastronomic partner in crime. We live in a tiny flat with a tiny kitchen in the hills of Florence.

A bit about my work

I have written two cookbooks that look at traditional Tuscan cuisine, published by Hardie Grant Books: Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence (March 2016) and Acquacotta (March 2017), which was shortlisted for the Fortnum and Mason Award for Best Cookery Book. My third, Tortellini at Midnight, was just published in March 2019.

For many years I wrote a regular column for Food52 where you can find over 200 articles on Italian food. I have written restaurant reviews for Australia’s leading restaurant guides and developed recipes and articles on food culture for Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Good Food Australia, The Canberra Times, and also contributed to Saveur, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet Traveller, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Jamie Magazine, delicious magazine and more.

Traditional and historical recipes are my thing on my blog too. What got me into Italian cuisine was a particular lambchop-sideburned man called Pellegrino Artusi and his cookbook from 1891. You’ll get to know him well here as I talk about his recipes a lot.


If you want to know a little more about why I love talking about regional Italian cuisine, here is one reason. If you’re traveling to Florence and you want to know what my favourite Florentine trattoria is, this butter chicken is inspired by one, and here are my favourite Florentine eats all in one place. And if you’re curious to know how I ended up in Florence or what the first thing I ever cooked for the local guy that I ended up marrying was, you’ll find it here. If you’re wondering what it might be like to do a workshop or cooking class with me, here and here are some lovely blog post by some past participants.

Bits and bobs

I have a number of food and cooking retreats, workshops and more on my events page and you can see some short videos of my life in Tuscany, which you can see here. 

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Website design by the very talented Paper Moustache. The portrait of me above is by the amazing Lauren Bamford.

Video Interviews

Here’s a short video (in Italian for Corriere della Sera) from 2015:

And a 2017 video interview with Monocle Magazine for Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco on some of the places that inspire me to talk about food and travel in Tuscany:

Taste of Tuscany from AO on Vimeo.