Emiko Davies is an award-winning Australian-Japanese food writer, photographer and cookbook author based in Italy. Growing up in a diplomatic family, she spent most of her life living in countries other than her own, from China to the USA. After graduating from art school, she ended up in Florence, Italy, in 2005 to study art restoration and fell in love with a Tuscan sommelier. They have recently renovated a new home in a charming hilltop village between Florence and Pisa and will open their own space for sharing food and natural wine experiences in San Miniato in April 2023.

Emiko has written five cookbooksFlorentine: The True Cuisine of Florence (March 2016 and a new edition in November 2020), Acquacotta (March 2017 and a new edition in February 2023), Tortellini at Midnight (March 2019), Torta della Nonna (March 2021), Cinnamon & Salt (April 2022), published by Hardie Grant. In October 2023 her sixth book, Gohan, which is about the Japanese cuisine of her upbringing, will be published by Smith Street Books.

She has written about regional Italian cuisine and travel for over a decade. She has a monthly column in Corriere della Sera’s Cook liftout called Cucina Letteraria. For many years she wrote a regular column for Food52 where you can find over 200 articles on regional Italian food, as well as restaurant reviews for The Good Food Guide, Australia’s leading restaurant guide. She has been a judge for the Guild of Fine Food World Cheese Awards and contributes to publications such as Financial Times, Corriere della Sera, YOLO Journal, Good Food Australia, The Canberra Times, Saveur, Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet Traveller, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Newsweek, The Kitchn, Italy Segreta, delicious magazine and more. Emiko was also nominated as a Rosewood Placemaker for Tuscany in 2021 and you can see some of her exclusive guides to the area here. She was recently named one of 50 powerful women in food by Italy’s leading newspaper, Corriere della Sera.


If you’re traveling to Florence be sure to check the latest Florence Food Guide in a handy pdf, and also the travel articles as well as the video below, made for Monocle Magazine.

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