Letters from Tuscany

Giulia Scarpaleggia
Stories from Tuscany, ideas for family meals with an Italian flair and reliable recipes to add to your cooking repertoire.
Created 24 Dec 2020
  • A frittata will save your dinner
    27 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 4
    When I’m in a hurry, a frittata is my go-to recipe to save our dinner. Eggs in the Italian food culture represent a quick meal, lunch or dinner, as we rarely eat them for breakfast unless they are ser...
  • Chicken cacciatore
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Every Italian region – but it would be appropriate to say every household – has its own version of chicken cacciatore, all equally authentic. What makes a dish “alla cacciatora”? The meat of choice is...
  • Autumn cooking and baking
    20 Sep 2021 14 6
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  • Let's bake a grape focaccia
    18 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    We decided we will resume our in-person cooking classes in 2022. I’m fighting my FOMO1 - as we will soon celebrate two years of no teaching classes - and you can imagine how fast-changing, unstable, a...
  • Buckwheat cake from Alto Adige
    13 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Picture me in my kitchen upstairs, our family kitchen, not the studio kitchen where I used to teach classes and where we still test recipes and shoot photos. It’s a quiet mid-September Sunday afternoo...
  • Weekend cooking project: all about green tomatoes
    10 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    As every year, these last days of summer are bittersweet. If, on one side, I can’t wait for Autumn to come, especially for the cooler temperatures and the colours that will tinge the countryside of th...
  • Torta di verdure coi becchi - a [sweet] Swiss Chard Tart
    06 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 3
    It took years to convince me that vegetables could belong in desserts. But Italy’s cucina povera, or peasant cooking tradition, is actually full of cakes with vegetables that perfectly embody the cuis...
  • Welcome, September. An Italian rice salad + links
    03 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 2 2
    Welcome, September. You are the sweetest month, you give us a new beginning, a second chance, the inspiration to dream big. You are just like January, but dressed in softer colours and warmer lights. ...
  • Baking an Italian birthday cake for our one year old Livia
    28 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 6 1
    And so, you’re one, Livia. You were born when the blackberries ripen in the hedgerows, when the first thunderstorms cool down the summer heat. Last year I had a late lunch after what felt like an inte...
  • Weekend cooking project. Chilled peaches in wine
    20 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    When is a book a good book? A book you would recommend to your best friend, to your mum and to your foodie friends? A book you would buy as a gift for the people you love the most? When it makes you c...
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