Italian Bouquet: An Epicurean Tour of Italy

Italian Bouquet: An Epicurean Tour of Italy


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Original Publisher
Hamish Hamilton
Date of publication

Recommended by

Fred Plotkin

Authority on Italian food and opera

No book was more inspiring to me as a reader and future food writer than Chamberlain’s Italian Bouquet. He also did Bouquet books about France and Britain, but it was the Italian one that won my heart. The author and his wife travelled all over the country and captured the ways Italians lived and ate in the first decade after the nation’s crushing humiliation and suffering under Fascism. The book depicted a nation just finding its feet and its energy, not only in words but beautiful line drawings and evocative black-and-white photographs. There are recipes as well, and they work, but the heart of the book is showing how food survived, again flourished, and regained its significance as central to Italian life and identity.