Photographs by Simon Griffiths.
In September 1997, Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer journeyed to Italy to run three cooking schools for Australian students. For two months they lived in the heart of Tuscany, in a beautiful villa nestled among the vineyards and fields to the south of Siena.
As two cooks and food lovers who respect any landscape in which they find themselves, Stephanie and Maggie immersed themselves in Tuscan culinary traditions. They found that Tuscan food is very seasonal - if it's not ripe, it's not available - and that the Tuscan style of cooking preserves that freshness of flavour.
Central to the cuisine are olive oil, bread, tomatoes and wine, and grilling over a fire, which in Australia we might call barbecuing, is the preferred method. The fresh and delicious recipes in this book are based on those used in Stephanie and Maggie's cooking schools.
Breathtaking photography by Simon Griffiths captures the food, culture, architecture, countryside and people of the region, along with the talent and cooking ideas of these two much-loved Australian cooks.