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Shelf Life: Must-Have Italian Cook Books

ISSIMO stocks the shelves with must-have books

Everyone knows that in Italy, cooking is more than just putting together a bunch of ingredients. It’s an art form, a social scene and even a cause for debate.  We’ve stocked the ISSIMO shelves with the must-have books that share those sumptuous recipes for every lazy pranzo and the perfect dinner party.

Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well

Pellegrino Artusi is considered “the father of Italian Cuisine”, thanks to his preternatural passion for Italian recipes. Published in 1891 and reprinted at least 13 times, Artusi’s tome cooks up dishes with amusing anecdotes and historical context, while including recipes from every region of Italy in a single cook, the very first of its kind.

Missoni Family Cook Book

Yes, that Missoni family who revolutionised knitwear with colour and patterns.  Francesco Maccapani Missoni, son of brand matriarch Angela, chronicles family history in a compilation of some of their best-kept recipes

Eating at Il Pellicano

The iconic Pellicano Hotel comes to your table in a gorgeous cookbook disguised as an art book. Famed photographer Juergen Teller and Michelin-starred chef Antonio Guida created 11 menus that conjure up delicious fantasies of Italian holidays in days of endless sunshine.

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