My review of “Cucina Povera” by Pamela Sheldon Johns is up on Zester. Take a look. The book offers a good bit of history about life in Tuscany during WWII and how the hard times shaped the area’s cuisine. It also offers some great, traditional recipes like farmyard crostini, made here with chicken liver:
Another recipe got me stuffing squid and cooking it in tomato sauce. It was delicious! This is a beautiful little book that would make a great gift for Tuscany lovers (a taste of that crostini, with capers and apple blended into the liver, will whisk them right back to the region) or for anyone looking for some simple recipes for good, traditional Italian food. Check out the review for more.