Book Review || The Italian Home Cook by Silvia Colloca

Wednesday, August 31, 2022


The Italian Home Cook
Silvia Colloca
30th August 2022

Those of you who know me IRL and also those who have read my cookbook reviews before will know that the things I can eat are somewhat limited due to chronic illnesses. 'Why then,' I hear you shout, 'are you reviewing a book of Italian food, which is sure to be full of the things you cannot eat?' A good question, dear reader and heckler of book reviewers. I read them because they make me happy.

Yes, I can't really eat a lot of what Silvia Colloca is talking about in here, though it does get my imagination firing on how I could tweak certain recipes so that I could try them. It also just makes me joyful to see pictures of gorgeous-looking food, and well-put-together cookbooks, with amazing covers and brilliant layouts. I also love reading cookbooks - I love the little anecdotes that people share about certain dishes, and it makes me think about the foods I ate growing up, or that one particular stirfry that my Mum made almost every week that - no matter how many times I ate it - I still adored.

The Italian Home Cook is a wonderful cookbook to cook from, yes (and there are a few things I can eat in here without making any changes! Wonderful!), but it's also just an excellent cookbook to sit down with and be inspired by. Silvia Colloca is clearly someone who is passionate about Italian food, and that passion is communicated through her recipes and anecdotes and the occasional process photos of how to make certain kinds of pasta or bread. 

So, no, dear reader, I am unlikely to go through this cookbook and make every single thing from it, but I loved looking through it and reading it. Highly recommend for just a joyous and colourful experience.

8/10 mouthwatering bowls of spaghetti alla crudaiola.

{I received a review copy of this book from Pan Macmillan/Plum in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.}

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