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"To read a book about a country's cuisine isn't simply to go looking for 'good things'; it is also to better know - by means of the recipes - the customs and the richness or poverty of a place, and the spirit of those who inhabit it. It is above all, to participate in the symbolic celebration of the shared repast."

~ Ginette Olivesi-Lorenzi, La Cuisine Mentonnaise



Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking

Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking (The Savoring Series)
by Lori De Mori

Part of the Savoring Series, which is one of my favorite series of books about Regional Cuisine, Savoring Tuscany is a beautiful book filled with sumptuous recipes and delectable writing about the cuisine and culture of Tuscany. As with all the books in the series, Savoring Tuscany is put together beautifully and all of the recipes are well written and presented. The recipes that we tested were all superb and the book is an excellent source for fans of Tuscan cuisine.


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Regional Books


Diary of a Tuscan Chef CoverDiary of a Tuscan Chef: Recipes & Memories of Good Times and Great Food

Chef Cesare Casella offers a delightful and tasty trip through the Tuscany region of Italy. Delicious recipes intermingle with wonderful photographs and Casella's essays about his life, Tuscany, and great food. The 160 decadent recipes and arranged into menus by season, and each menu has an interesting "diary entry" about life in Italy. The recipes are well written, easy to follow, and are very doable for most cooks. Best recipe in the book? Hands down, the "Risotto di Granchi Teneri," Soft-Shell Crab Risotto which alone is easily worth the purchase price of the book.

he Junior League Centennial Cookbook CoverThe Junior League Centennial Cookbook : Over 750 of the Most Treasured Recipes from 200 Junior Leagues

Imagine the best recipes from around the United States…those recipes that have been passed back and forth among friends and family so much that they have become a pattern of life in certain areas…tested and compiled in hundreds of community cookbooks. Now imagine the best of those recipes combined and retested in one incredible book! That is exactly what the editors of this book have done, and it is awesome!

It Rains Fishes CoverIt Rains Fishes : Legends, Traditions and the Joys of Thai Cooking

My favorite book on Thai cuisine, this is what I think a regional cookbook should be like. Filled with wonderful stories, background information about the Thai culture, ingredients, and the way that the Thai prepare and eat food, it makes for a fascinating book to curl up with and devour. Filled with beautiful watercolors and drawings it is just a gorgeous book. The recipes are excellent as well, and while they are small in number, they really represent the basics of Thai cuisine. Kasma Loha-unchit is a teacher of Thai cuisine, and that teaching really shows in the recipes, which are extremely easy to follow, and the practical information and suggestions that fill the book.

Dancing Shrimp Book CoverDancing Shrimp : Favorite Thai Recipes for Seafood

My second most favorite book about Thai food, Dancing Shrimp is about more than just incredible seafood recipes. Also written by the talented Kasma Loha-unchit, it includes fascinating and useful information about the Thai culture, ingredients, seafood, and much more. The book is engrossing to read and hard to put down. Many of the recipes are probably not practical for someone just learning how to cook Thai food, but the information is well worth the price of the book…and there are many recipes for someone who really wants to taste marvelous Thai food to experiment with.

Keo's Thai Cuisine Book CoverKeo's Thai Cuisine

If you are looking for recipes, this is the book to buy. Filled with incredibly beautiful photographs and decadent recipes, this is widely considered to be the premiere resource on Thai cooking. All of the recipes are stunningly styled and photographs in this oversized book. The recipes are easy to follow and prepare, and the ingredients are easy to find. A great book for someone who loves to cook.