Recipes from an Italian Summer (Phaidon).

By the authors of the comprehensive Italian recipe book, The Silver Spoon, this is an enchanting look at how Italian’s truly make the most of their summer. From the produce to the people to the regions and their various festivals, the book covers a lot. Chapters outline how food is eaten, from picnics to barbecues to light lunches, and the recipes are written in a short and succinct manner, but easily understood by anyone that knows their way around a kitchen. Even if you never use a recipe, it’s a beautiful book to have, but that would be a travesty, since there are some great recipes in here, and they’re beautifully photographed. If you know someone that has a weak spot for Italian, you could do a lot worse than get them Recipes from an Italian Summer as a gift.