Tuscan Fantasy Meals

March 25, 2011

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  • lorigoldsby
  • artfulgourmet
  • Cronmoax
  • Emiko
  • EmilyNunn
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lorigoldsby March 31, 2011
Correct title is "Italy for the Gourmet Traveler" y Fred Plokin. My edition was printed in 2010, don't show it available on kindle--but that would be nice.

also recommend "Italian Days Food Experience" if you are going to be anywhere near Bologna. Alessandro was a wonderful guide to the cheese, balsamic, parma and wine areas. He is #1 on trip advisor for a reason.
artfulgourmet March 28, 2011
These recipes look great - I took 2 Tuscan cooking classes and it's my absolute FAVORITE food. EVER. Rustic. Fresh ingredients. Earthy. Simple. YUM!!!
Cronmoax March 27, 2011
Hi the link for this one is broken...please fix!
Smoky Minestrone with Tortellini and Parsley or Basil Pesto
Food52 March 28, 2011
Sorry about that! The link should be fixed now. Thanks for letting us know!
Emiko March 27, 2011
Very nice idea, though I'm actually in the second picture and not the first! I live in Florence and my life pretty much revolves around Tuscan food, so I have to just point out one small thing: only a couple of these dishes could actually be considered Tuscan so perhaps "Italian" would have been more appropriate as the title of this great collection of recipes. There is a world of difference between the cuisines of each region of Italy, which to me is one of the most intriguing things about this country - I think it would be great for people to know more about this and recognise it and learn some great tips from the Italians along the way. Aside from flavours and produce, there are very specific social, historical and geographical reasons that explain why a bagna cauda would not be found on the same (Italian) table as artichokes fried in olive oil. Of course, in a fantasy world, none of this really matters I suppose! Buon appetito!
Food52 March 28, 2011
Thanks so much for your comment. We thought many of these recipes reminded us of great meals we've had in Tuscany, but couldn't help including recipes from a few other regions too (which is why we gave shout outs to Liguria and Emilia-Romagna too). Guess we have a lengthy Italian vacation on our minds!
EmilyNunn March 27, 2011
latoscana March 26, 2011
Buon gusto!
boulangere March 26, 2011
What a beautifully curated exhibition!
AromaCucina March 25, 2011
What I would give for some fresh artichokes. they're not in season yet in Toscana, or Umbria...but soon. soon. Fried, slivered artichokes with mint. Now I have spring fever!
joannova March 25, 2011
This is an absolutely gorgeous visual post. I'm drooling!
gingerroot March 25, 2011
Swoon! My mom is leaving Tuesday to visit my brother who is abroad in Italy - they are spending the weekend in Florence - this will help me get over the fact that I'm not going with her. Thanks -- perfect timing, as usual!
lorigoldsby March 30, 2011
so sorry I didn't read this earlier...but anyone traveling to Italy should read "a gourmet traveller's guide to Italy" It has restaurant recommendations for each city, divided by the regions. The author has visited each restaurant, and it included so many smaller cities, great if you are there on business...and want to eat locally.