Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love From Our Tuscan Kitchen is a beautiful hardcover Italian (Tuscan) cookbook by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar. I'd never heard of either of them or their show, so I selected this book just based on the delicious looking cover and the fact that I'm Italian and love Italian cooking. The book boasts of 120 Tuscan inspired recipes celebrating the traditional rustic Italian table. Sections include Appetizers, Pastas and Sauces, Risotto, Soups, Salads, Meat, Fish, Vegetables, Pizza, Panini, Desserts, and Drinks.
I enjoyed the stories Gabriele told of life and cooking growing up in Italy and the story of his and Debi's relationship with themselves and their children. They brought a rich history to the recipes that made them all the more appealing. The pictures were fabulous and liberally sprinkled throughout the pages. I'm excited to try quite a few of the recipes, most notably the authentic Italian Tiramisu recipe. I've had Tiramisu in Italy and have never quite captured the same flavor back here in America. My only complaint about this cookbook would be that some of the recipes contain ingredients that I have no idea how to find where I live and a few are a bit complicated. I was also surprised by the addition of a few Mexican style recipes such as guacamole and tacos, but the recipes themselves look great and I plan on trying them! I recommend this cookbook to anyone who wants a taste of Tuscany in their kitchen.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.