As I’m sure you can imagine, I am an avid lover of cookery books. Over the years as my style of cooking and love of food has evolved, so has my collection. The cook books that offer an insight into life and place are the ones I love most. Those with stories of family and friendship woven into recipes born of simple, seasonal ingredients inspire me and shape the home cook I am becoming. Acquacotta by Emiko Davies fits perfectly this description. Emiko Davies is an Australian living in Florence and a wonderful cook, food writer and photographer. Aquacotta is a collection of seasonal recipes and stories and a beautiful record of Emiko’s time spent living on Tuscany’s Silver Coast. Cooking from Acquacotta transports me to the Maremma through it’s colourful recipes, stunning photography and Emiko’s graceful storytelling.
Food has the most amazing ability to transport us instantly to another time or place. The smell or taste of an ingredient reminds us of dishes we haven’t made for a long time or people we once shared our tables with. Cooking is a wonderful way of celebrating and passing on our stories and experiences to others. An edible record of our lives if you like and one of the many reasons I adore cooking.
The recipes in Acquacotta, while created around produce and ingredients local to the Maremma, are simple yet forgiving in that they allow you to use what is available to you. On returning home from Melbourne with my copy in hand, I had everything I needed to make Acquacotta Maremma (eggs poached in a rich tomato and vegetable sauce) Granita al melone (Rockmelon granita) and Torta di limone e ricotta (lemon and ricotta cake and the true test of any Italian cook book in my opinion) practically before unpacking my market shopping!
Last week I was fortunate to attend an event to celebrate the launch of Acquacotta and to meet Emiko herself. To be in a room of inspired and inspiring women who share the same passion and love of food as I do and to indulge in divine food and wine was, as you can imagine, truly delightful.
If you would like to read more about Emiko, you can find her here.
Fully Booked, founded by Sharlee Gibb, is a social community for women in the food and wine industry and hosts fabulous events such as the lunch with Emiko Davies. Get involved! Find out more here.
Do you have a favourite cook book? Perhaps you might think about writing down your family’s favourite recipes to pass on your kitchen wisdom to others in the future?