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About Emiko Davies
Australian/Japanese food writer and blogger, Emiko Davies, has lived in Tuscany since 2005. With a background in Fine Art, photography and Art History, she began a blog devoted to traditional and historical regional Italian cuisine in 2010.
She has written about Italian cuisine for the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne's The Age, The Guardian, Saveur Magazine, and writes extensively (in Italian) for Corriere della Sera's food website, Cucina Corriere. She is a long-time contributor and columnist for Food52 and has recorded a number of podcasts about Italian recipes for SBS Radio (Australia). Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence, published by Hardie Grant Books (March 2016), is her first cookbook.
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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.
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Cicchetti (pronounced chi-ke-tee) are little morsels; think of them as appetisers, aperitivo or hors d’oeuvres – but cicchetti are undeniably, distinctly Venetian and a delicious nod to Venice’s casual way of life.
In Cinnamon and Salt, Italy-based food writer Emiko Davies delves into the rich, multicultural history of Venice and its unique cuisine, detailing more than sixty classic and modern recipes, from fried to sweet and from small plates to drinks.
Try sweet and sour radicchio, the legendary fried meatballs, or creamy whipped cod on squares of polenta. Indulge in Venetian soft-shell crab before moving on to rose petal jam and sugar-coated fritters. You’ll even find recipes for a spritz, a Bellini and a thick hot chocolate, and be let in on the secrets to creating your own authentic cicchetti.
This is just one of the heirloom dishes in this collection, for which Emiko Davies has gathered some of her favourite family recipes. They trace generations that span the length of Italy, from the Mediterranean port city of Taranto in the southern heel of Puglia to elegant Turin, the city of aperitif and Italian cafe culture in the far north and, finally, back to Tuscany, which Emiko calls home.
Tortellini at Midnight is a book rich with nostalgia, with fresh, comforting food and stunning photography. It is a book that is good for the soul.
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In Florentine, Emiko Davis takes us on a stroll through the streets of Florence, past bakeries and pastry shops bustling with espresso sippers, colourful markets, busy trattorias, butchers, hole-in-the-wall wine bars and late-night gelaterias.
She stays true to the most classic recipes and traditions of the Renaissance city – which inspired her to start her eponymous blog five years ago while living in Florence – revealing an unpretentious and unchanging cuisine that tells the unique story of its city, dish by dish.
'Emiko Davies' work is not a casual appreciation of Italian cooking – it is a studied, observant, and celebratory one. To see – and cook – Florence's food traditions through Emiko's recipes, research, and immersive photography is to gain a deeper understanding of the city that you're like to get in years of visits.' – Kristen Miglore, Executive Editor, Food52