For the past 20 years I have lived in Marche, Puglia and Abruzzo, three of the regions covered by this book. I have been waiting for a book like this, finally giving credit to Italy’s lesser known coast, it’s fantastic views, food and people. I was already familiar with the author from Instagram, and when I saw the book was coming, I immediatly preordered. Unfortunately, my excitement was in vain - the book does not deliver. On the surface, it’s beautiful and glossy and the premise is good, food and stories etc. In substance, however, this is a poor attempt to advertise the author’s online offerings and the small businesses of her friends. The rich cultural and culinary life of the Adriatic is reduced to a hit and miss road trip journal. Essential recipes (scampi al’arabbiata, sagni e ceci, arrosticini, olive ascolane etc) are missing and spectacular towns of the coast (Bari, Vasto, Chieti, Loreto etc) are ignored. I was particularly disapppointed by the photography, it is lacklustre and often misplaces photos, pitting them against recipes from areas in a different region of the coastline. As a cookbook it is not bad, recipes are followable and probably for the Australian market quite interesting, but if you are already familiar with authentic Italian cuisine, then not so much. I also noted that she does all the cooking and food photography when back in Australia rather than Italy, meaning that many of the original ingredients and cooking practices that are supposed to be in the recipes are not there.
In short, save your money for something better.
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Smith Street Books (1 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1925418723
- ISBN-13: 978-1925418729
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 3.1 x 27.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
- Customer Reviews: 6 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)