decorated boards, 176 pp., $24.95
Having moved from Britain to a farmhouse in Italy, the author relates her experiences in learning to grow food for Italian cuisine. Although this sounds rather uncomplicated, she urges the reader to seek out the specific varieties of produce grown in Italy in order to replicate the delicious fare of this Mediterranean country. She advises that care be taken in selection of a proper site, comparable to garden settings in Italy. The narrative takes the reader from planning the garden layout to growing and eventually harvesting produce. The photographs of Italian cuisine are inspiring to everyone who loves artisan gastronomy.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden