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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure of a book, 12 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Beaneaters & Bread Soup (Hardcover)
This is a really wonderful book. The writing is fantastic, the photographs evocative and beautiful, and the recipes really great. The book is FULL of things you actually want to cook: simple, delicious things exactly as you find in Tuscany: a peppery beef stew and a flattened spicy lemon chicken, sausages and white beans in a tomato sauce, braised fennel, a blueberry tart--to name just the things I have cooked from it over the last couple of weeks. The book is not just about food however, but is about an approach to eating, shopping, producing, procuring and preparing; it is about ritual and routine; work and pleasure and it is filled with lessons, though the authors couldn't have a lighter touch. I am buying this book for everyone I love for Christmas, cooks or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exploring a rich and varied food culture..., 1 Feb 2008
This review is from: Beaneaters & Bread Soup (Hardcover)
Beaneaters & Bread Soup by Lori De Mori and Jason Lowe brings Tuscany to life. Known for its luscious landscapes, powerful paintings and holiday hideaways, Tuscany maintains a rich and varied food culture. Here you'll discover it.

Through essays on the food craftsmen (and sorry girls, they are all men), each accompanied by gutsy, authentic recipes, you'll meet the beekeeper with his wealth of mono-floral honeys, the chestnut grower, potter and many more. All share an integrity, passion and belief in excellence.

But why Beaneaters & Bread Soup? As the authors explain, beans are a staple and such a fixture "in the Tuscan kitchen that the toscani are nicknamed mangiafagioli (beaneaters) by fellow Italians." As for bread, anyone who's visited is bound to remember `proper' Tuscan bread. It's dense, chewy, and salt-free - apparently a protest against a tax - and ends up in such soups and salads as pappa del pomodoro or panzanella.

Jason's photographs capture the region and food. I was lucky to work with him on (my) Farmers' Market Cookbook and fell in love with his vision and ability to pinpoint the essence of a story or a dish. Flick through the pages and you'll see for yourself. But the recipes mustn't be forgotten.....apart from the bread & beans aplenty, there's Polenta with Cuttlefish or Upside-down Apricot Cake (roll on summer) as well as our FoodLovers featured recipes opposite. Authentic and easy to follow, they're ideal for any Food Lover hankering for those rolling hills and stone farmhouses shining in the Mediterranean sun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good portrait of Tuscany, 10 Feb 2010
This review is from: Beaneaters & Bread Soup (Hardcover)
This in an enjoyable read - every chapter tells of an artisan producer and is followed by recipes applicable to the product in some way. It succeeds in emphasising the importance the Tuscans give to good quality ingredients and the understandable local pride in those ingredients.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best italian cookbook, 9 Oct 2013
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Amazing authentic recipes with lovely background stories about native producers much more than just a cookbook and all the recipies I have tried have worked first time highly recommended
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