Love letter to a lifestyle

Recipes and Dreams from an Italian Life is the newest cookbook from one of my favourite authors, Tessa Kiros.  I adore her beautifully photographed cookbooks, full of family stories and remembrances.
All of her books have a charming old world look and flavour about them. Tessa draws us into her world and makes us want to cook her food in the hope that we, too, can create the same warm, heady memories she describes so well.
In Recipes and Dreams from an Italian Life, Tessa pays homage to the homemaking skills of her Italian mother-in-law. The book opens with photographs of sumptuous embroidered linens and a recipe for making lavender water. She also shares a recipe for limoncello. The book also contains a full range of Italian recipes from Tessa’s own family Many are unusual. I am dying to try the recipe for “truffle purses”, a tempting stuffed pasta, as well as the tuna-stuffed peppers that open the book. There is little in this book I would not try.
This is a beautiful book. It is simple enough for a beginner and beautiful enough to please a more experienced cook.