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Italian Coastal

Recipes and stories from where the land meets the sea

Amber Guinness


An enchanting and delectable journey to the shimmering waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, via plates of pasta, baked fish and glasses of peach-laced white wine - from the author of A House Party in Tuscany

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Welcome to the Tyrrhenian Sea, home to la dolce vita, sun-drenched islands and seaside towns where even the simplest trattoria has an effortless glamour.

Following on from the success of her first book, A House Party in Tuscany, Amber Guinness travels from the Tuscan coast down through Lazio and Campania via Naples and the Amalfi Coast and on to northern Sicily. Amber delves into the history, stories and flavours that have come home to her kitchen and shaped her food philosophy.

Amber's quest for maximum flavour with minimal effort shines through in these delicious and achievable recipes that will bring an authentic mouthful of coastal Italy to your table: crostini with ricotta and 'nduja; zucchini and mint lasagne; tomato linguine with capers; seabass with pistachio and almonds; Neapolitan vinegary fried zucchini; potato and caper salad from Salina; raspberry tiramisu and the ultimate Amalfi lemon cream cake.

Inspired by the markets and food of summer holidays by the beach, Italian Coastal is a fusion of recipe book, travelogue and memoir – with sumptuous food and travel photography throughout – that will transport readers to the sunny Mediterranean.

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'Breathtakingly beautiful, Italian Coastal is transportive and filled with recipes I want to immediately cook'
Julia Busuttil Nishimura, author of AROUND THE TABLE

'My mouth is watering, and I'm packing my bags. Such a beautiful, evocative book'
Georgina Hayden, author of NISTISIMA

'This exceptional book will transport you to the romantic, rolling and rugged coastline surrounding the west of Italy with its rich and varied landscapes and history. Illustrated with evocative images, beautiful stories and completely delicious recipes, this is classic Amber Guinness, so beautiful'
Rachel Allen, author of SOUP BROTH BREAD

'A magical tastescape from Tuscany to Sicily, with mouth-watering and authentic recipes'
Clodagh McKenna, author and TV chef

'Expect plates of pasta, mouthwatering salads, joyous desserts and more ... I loved the menu ideas and short recipes as happy-making as the long ones. The book is a pleasure for the eyes too'
Mark Diacono, Delicious

'Airy photos offering sea views of small port towns interspersed with appetizing meals are enough to set minds wandering abroad. A browse through Italian Coastal, paired with a glass of Guinness’ peaches in white wine, might even make armchair travelers believe they’ve been transported to the Mediterranean'

'Guinness hopes to transport readers to this waterfront landscape with her book’s creative and interesting recipes... Stories about the food and life along the [sea] are interspersed throughout this easily readable cookbook, and dreamlike landscape and food photography, along with vivid recipe descriptions, deftly transport readers to Italy... Libraries with robust cookbook and lifestyle collections will want to consider this book. Readers who want to delve into regional Italian cooking will enjoy'
Library Journal

'These dishes will lure you into the kitchen with their authentic simplicity, while you are transported by [Amber’s] vivid and evocative descriptions of their origins. Most of all, Amber has captured a sense of the dolce vita of Italy’s food culture, the commitment to seasonal local ingredients and the passionate generosity of Italian’s hospitality'
House & Garden

'Will transport you to the Med and have you dreaming up road trips and dinner parties all summer long'
Home & Interiors Scotland

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 27.5 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 120

Publication date: 25 April 2024

ISBN: 9781760763657

About the Author

Amber Guinness was born in London and grew up in Tuscany. She studied history and Italian literature at the University of Edinburgh, working as a cook in both London and Italy. In 2014, she co-founded the Arniano Painting School in Tuscany, a residential art holiday centred around creativity, which has been featured in The New York Times, House & Garden and various other international magazines. Amber now lives in Florence. A House Party in Tuscany (Thames & Hudson, 2022) was her first book.