by Jessica Theroux

Welcome Books, $40.00, 296 pages

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany to Sicily delivers unique and authentic Italian recipes but with a grandmother’s touch – lots of love and spice in the making! The stories are endearing and will make readers wish they were Italian. As in any good chapter book, each chapter features a different grandmother and her favorite recipes, complete with a location map and her own individual story. Picturesque scenes from Italy’s shores, grandmothers making pasta from scratch, and delectable (and not-so-delectable) photos of dishes will keep you turning the pages for more. The recipes themselves are simple enough and sure to please, with the exception of Rosemary Steamed Anchovies. “Hold the anchovies for me, please!” But, all in all, this is a wonderful cookbook to have in your kitchen or even as a coffee table book for some tantalizing conversations with guests. Well-rounded, charming and delicious!

Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson,