This age-old Tuscan dish has a name that illustrates that wonderful connection between food and language that Italy is so good at. Sugo finto, literally “fake sauce” or, more appropriately, “fake ragu” (as ‘sugo’ is used as often if not more than the borrowed word ‘ragu’ in Tuscany), is so-called because it is a meatless ragu. Born of the poor peasant kitchens when meat, particularly beef or veal, was a rare and special ingredient,... Read More
Living in Tuscany for nearly 10 years has taught me a few things about Italian cuisine. One, that it doesn't really exist; rather, there are twenty regional cuisines. Two, that traditions rule. Here, I share the anecdotes, techniques and history behind some favourite regional recipes. My second cookbook, 'Acquacotta: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany's Secret Silver Coast' is out now (Hardie Grant Books).
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