Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen by Judy Witts Francini-a review


I don’t know if all of you know that Judy Witts Francini of Divina Cucuina/Over a Tuscan Stove fame finally has published a cookbook, Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen, well she has and it is selling very well and the other day I saw on Twitter that she’s even been asked to make an Italian edition of it! The other week I met up with Judy in Florenece for a chat and a cappucciono and she was kind enough to give me a copy. On the train back home, I read it from the beginning to the end, feeling as if I met an old friend; Judy has collected the most imortant Tuscan recipes and added others that she’s collected through the 25 years she has spent here in Italy. I have to say it straight away here, I like this cookbook very much, it has simple receipes that are easy to follow and they are very Italian in the true sense of the word. It is divided into seven sections: antipasti, salse e sughi, primi, secondi, contorni, dolci and pane and is also provided with a recipe index. Judy has written two introductions, one about ingredients and one about eating the Tuscan way that I am sure you will find very useful. The recipes are in US cups and oz but Judy has included a page of conversions for us Europeans. To conclude I can only say that recommend Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen to those of you who are looking for genuine Italian recipes that you can trust and that always delivers what they promise!
And no, Judy didn’t pay me for this, I just like her cookbook, probably because so many of the recipes are similar to mine and because I love good Italian cooking!

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