There are many farmhouses in Tuscany, but few are quite so magical as Arniano. It is here, in this 18th-century podere, that Amber Guinness grew up and learned to cook. And it is here that she established The Arniano Painting School, a residential painting course and immersive art and food experience.
'As I look through the recipes and think about the common thread that binds them, I realise that they all exemplify a fundamental principle of Italian home cooking. Which is that simplicity - and keeping ingredients as close to their original form as possible - leads to the most delicious and rewarding food. The beauty of Italian cooking is that it is not about fancy sauces or preparation techniques. Rather, it is about bringing out the best in what you are cooking, through patience, constant tasting and the development of flavour - sometimes using nothing but some olive oil and salt.'
Filled with recipes for classic dishes and cocktails, feast curation, seasonal menu suggestions and notes on an Italian pantry and wines, A House Party in Tuscany will transport you to the Tuscan countryside and bring the conviviality of Arniano to your table.
'The cookbooks that stay with us tell a story. A House Party in Tuscany is one to treasure. Delicious recipes from a region I love and a chef I admire'
'A stunning book in every way. Amber Guinness paints such a dreamy, evocative picture of her home in the Tuscan countryside and of the sumptuous feasts she cooks there. I long to be there with her and to eat everything in this book'
'I love this book. Amber Guinness is an inspired cook and hostess. More importantly, she really understands the culture, technique and taste of Tuscan cooking'
'A truly beautiful book with food as colourful as paintings and thoughtful menus guided by the Tuscan seasons'
'The best thing about this book, is that it makes you dream and want to pore over it ad infinitum ... Amber Guinness has delivered a sensational first book that doubles as a love letter to Tuscan food, people and art amongst the folds of this unforgettable landscape. A classic in the making'