“Florentine is a book that appeals both to my sense of nostalgia and my appetite. It’s a beautiful, large-format book, with gorgeous pictures of Florence, and snatches of Florentine life, but is far from being a coffee-table book: the recipes take you there just as evocatively.” — Nigella Lawson
“Emiko Davies’ work is not a casual appreciation of Italian cooking— it is a studied, observant, and celebratory one. To see—and cook—Florence’s food traditions through Emiko’s recipes, research, and immersive photography is to gain a deeper understanding of the city than you’re likely to get in years of visits.” – Kristen Miglore, Executive Editor, Food52
“One to immerse yourself in — and cook from.” — delicious. magazine UK
“Part travel guide, part cookbook, part photo essay, this is a keeper.” — Real Living magazine
“Comfort cooking at its best.” — MindFood magazine
“Emiko Davies’ considered and in-depth exploration of cuisine in her adopted hometown, Florence, is inspired by its history, people, markets, bakeries and trattorias. Her stunning first book, Florentine, leaves you in no doubt that you’re in the hands of an expert with traditional recipes and immersive photography. A must have for lovers of all things Italian.” — delicious. magazine Australia
“This book is a delight for those who know Florence, and a dream for those who don’t. Congratulations to Emiko Davies for her very personal approach, the result is extremely human and warm.” — Edouard Cointreau, President of the Jury – Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
My cookbook, Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence, is a collection of recipes from the city of Florence, my home for over 8 years. In it you will find the dishes (and the stories behind them) that are uniquely tied to the Renaissance city, my photographs of Florence and even an address book of places to eat, drink and enjoy food like a Florentine. It is published by Hardie Grant. You can order online here (US) or here (UK) via Amazon or find it in all good bookshops in the US, Australia and the UK (and more).
Florentine won Best Italian Cuisine Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2017.
I took the location photographs in colour with black and white film and my digital camera. I had the most incredible team of professionals work on this book with me. The recipe photographs were taken by Lauren Bamford, styled by Deb Kaloper and cooked by me, with the help of my husband Marco and Caroline Griffiths. The book was brought to life by talented designer Allison Colpoys who also did the beautiful marbling on the cover and throughout the book.
See my Events page for information on upcoming booking signings, cooking classes, workshops and more.
Some recipes from Florentine:
- Peposo, Tuscan beef and pepper stew in The Guardian
- Schiacciata all’uva, or grape focaccia on My Life Love Food
- Torta di mele, or apple cake on my blog
- Gnudi, spinach and ricotta dumplings on The Telegraph
Florentine in the Press:
- Nigella Lawson’s Cookbook Corner, “Florentine by Emiko Davies”
- The Telegraph, “Food from Florence: family recipes from Emiko Davies”
- Good Food Australia, “From Canberra to Italy — The Making of Emiko Davies’ Florentine“
- Dish Magazine (NZ), “A Taste of Florence”
- We are Sweet, “An Expat’s Love Letter to Florence and Its Cuisine”
- Food52, “The True Cuisine of Florence and Why it’s the Subject of my First Book“
- National Post (Toronto), “Earthy and Rustic: The cuisine of Italy’s Renaissance Gem”
Acquacotta: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany’s Secret Silver Coast, 1 March 2017
“Acquacotta is a serious and authoritative homage to the foodways of this little-known but lovely corner of Tuscany, its history, its influences, its landscape and its wonderful produce. Every dish in this book respects local knowledge and tradition and thanks to the author’s brilliant photography, its essential nature is revealed for all to see and understand. I love it.” — Stephanie Alexander
“When Stephanie Alexander says she loves a cookbook, I am onboard immediately. This tome combines authentic recipes Tuscany’s Silver Coast with Australian author Emiko Davies’s own photographs of the region she has come to call home.” — Eliza O’Hare, Harpers Bazaar
More on the making of Acquacotta and some behind the scenes here.
Recipes from Acquacotta:
Acquacotta in the press:
- Wall Street Journal, How to Make the Most of a Tiny Tuscan Kitchen
- SBS Radio Italian Program (podcast), Acquacotta
- The Independent, Recipes from Acquacotta
- Food52, This Italian Soup is a Folk Tale Come to Life
For events celebrating the launch of Acquacotta, please check my events page for updates.