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Beaneaters & Bread Soup Hardcover – Illustrated, 5 Oct 2007
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About the Author
Lori de Mori is an established writer, specialising in the food and customs of Italy. She first travelled to Italy as a student and later bought and restored a 200 year-old farmhouse in the Tuscan hills where she writes, cooks, gardens, bakes bread and raises her family. She has written three books about Italian cooking, Florence, Savouring Tuscany and Italy Anywhere and contributes to Saveur, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and Grand Designs. Award-winning food and travel photographer Jason Lowe is married to Lori. He has collected two Glenfiddich awards for his food photography and worked with some of the finest food producers and most inspirational cookery writers. He has a regular column in The Independent on Saturday with Mark Hix and his work has appeared in many books and magazines worldwide including Food and Travel, Food Illustrated and Saveur.
Top customer reviews
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.