Damn Italy for its hold on us. For the lingering memories of simple roadside meals in Campania and pitchers of house wine in Sicilia that shame the taste of anything we sip stateside. A resident of Tuscany, Tessa Kiros knows what so many of us feel for her adopted country.
Her latest book, Recipes and Dreams From an Italian Life, is a dreamy meditation on the Italian soul—hidden deep in the traditions, character, secrets, and generosity of Italy’s matriarchal women. The soul of this book resides in Tessa’s breathtaking introduction. “While the gentleman brought his craft, his work, his money, she brought her knowledge. Her know-how. Her art. Swimming through her veins and winding through her stitching. Spilling out into her broths. The way she had been taught. Of family. Of love.”
As for the book’s recipes, Tessa calls them simple and practical. We might add the words confident and comforting. Spaghetti with Lentil Ragu; Risotto with Pears and Pecorino; Baked Crumbed Chicken with Mozzarella, Anchovies, & Capers.
Masterfully designed and photographed, Recipes and Dreams From an Italian Life is an authentic Italian keepsake.
Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the author for this review. Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.