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

Acquacotta is worth its weight in gold as both a cookbook and a travel journal.

Australian House & Garden Magazine

Davies’ Acquacotta has made me wax sentimental. But with the romance of Tuscany and the sea, I can’t help musing over other dishes I’ll try and thinking that aside from a plane ticket to Italy, the quickest way for me to fulfill my summer travels is to dive headlong into a cookbook full of simple fare and flavors of the Silver Coast.

The Daily Herald (Washington)

Acquacotta (Hardie Grant, March 2017) was shortlisted for Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2018 in Best Cookery Book Category. The second edition of Acquacotta will be out in February 2023 (preorder here).

Location photographs and illustrations are by the author, while the recipe photographs were taken by Lauren Bamford, styled by Deb Kaloper and cooked by the author, her husband Marco and Alice Adams. The book was brought to life by talented designer Allison Colpoys.

Some recipes from Acquacotta:

Acquacotta in the press (a selection):


Gohan: Everyday Japanese Cooking
Cinnamon and Salt
Torta della Nonna
Tortellini at midnight