Acquacotta by Emiko Davies
Discover the cuisine of a secret part of southernmost Tuscany, known as La Costa D’Argento the silver coast, in Acquacotta. In this cookbook, Tuscan-based, Australian-born writer and photographer Emiko Davies has compiled and adapted her Italian family’s best-loved recipes from Capalbio, Monte Argentario, Giglio Island and inland to the hot springs of Saturnia and the ancient Pitigliano.
It is a celebration of the region that's named for the shimmery salt-and-pepper sand along this part of the Tyrrhenian Sea, its rolling hills, long beaches, overgrown fig trees, rambling vineyards – and rich culinary history. The latest iteration of Acquacotta features a beautiful new cover and a vegetarian and gluten-free index that highlights a different side to Italian cuisine.
In words and pictures, Emiko guides readers through the use of local ingredients, as well as sharing the history of rustic, storied dishes including scampi and potato soup, hand-rolled strozzapreti noodles, spinach and ricotta tortelli, chestnut gnocchi and the classic fig and chocolate bread, pagnotella. Plus, of course, the book’s namesake acquacotta, a quintessential Maremman peasant dish that captures the spirit of this special place.
About the Author
Emiko Davies lives in Florence with her husband and two daughters. She writes about regional Italian food and travel on her blog, as well as for publications such as Gourmet Traveller, Conde Nast Traveler, Food52 and Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Her beautiful Italian cookbooks include Florentine, Acquacotta, Tortellini at Midnight, Torta della Nonna and Cinnamon and Salt.