A slightly newer addition to my collection published in 2011, this is another book that is not just full of glorious recipes but really interesting tales of the peasant way of life. Beautifully photographed by Andrea Wyner it deserves dusting off now the books on salads and al fresco dining are making their way down the shelf ranking.
You may have realised by now that this is my all time favourite type of food, Involtini di Maiale (pork rolls stuffed with ricotta and spinach) is right up there with Acquacotta (bread, onion and greens soup) and Frittata con Cicoria (eggs with wild greens).
Last week my husband came home with some beef cheeks which I have never cooked with before, I usually use shin of beef for beef stews as I always use the cheaper cuts of meat and cook it for hours, but I found a recipe in this book for Peposo di Guanciale (stewed peppery beef cheeks) and they were fabulous, melt in your mouth and were even cheaper than shin (although I think he got them at a reduced price).
Full of hearty dishes for the approaching cold weather this shall be staying out for the next few months, we never get fed up with a punchy bean stew in this house.