Take an insider's look at majestic Tuscany by stepping into the kitchen
of Florence's most acclaimed female chef, Benedetta Vitali. Named after
the aromatic preparation that forms the backbone of a wide variety of
Italian foods, SOFFRITTO is much more than a recipe book. Infused with
Benedetta's spirited voice, SOFFRITTO offers an intimate look at both
Old World and contemporary Tuscany. See the stunning images of daily
life, smell the mouthwatering aromas wafting through Florence's kitchen
windows, hear the bantering of locals in the marketplace, and taste true
Tuscan cuisine at its best. After following Benedetta around Florence,
repair to her kitchen, the center of family activity, for cooking
grounded in fresh local ingredients and time-honored techniques.
Beginning with basic dishes, she proceeds to teach the techniques of
preparing regional classics and discloses the secrets of her
world-famous restaurant, Zibibbo. Highlighted dishes include Soup of
Puréed Yellow Peppers, Spinach Soufflé, and fresh Fig Torte. Benedetta
preaches a reconnection with food and cooking as a way to simplify and
enjoy life. Let her guide you through Tuscany's culinary world and
rediscover tradition and magic in the kitchen.• The first
English-language cookbook from the chef often described as the Alice
Waters of Tuscan cuisine.• Includes over 50 lavish color photographs
from National Geographic photographer Cary Wolinsky, and archival photos
of Florence and Benedetta's family.
"Cuts through the mist and mystification that other authors have allowed to shroud Tuscan food."
—Wall Street Journal
"It is one of the most interestingI have read about the enjoyment of cooking."
—Chuck Williams in Williams-Sonoma Taste magazine
"The instructions are precise and extensive. . . . Great artwork aside,
this is a fine book to cook from if you are interested not just in compiling
recipes, but in learning techniques."
—New York Daily News
"Vitali is living her life with great spirit, and we get to watch her, and
"It has the makings of a classic in regional cuisine. . . . Give this
book, and give it selfishly,
to a cook whose meals you expect to share frequently."
"Vitali’s cookbook is a feast for all our senses."
—El Paso Times
"The most beautiful and, yes, luscious, of these is a new book, SOFFRITTO.
The photographs are glorious and so are the recipes…The book is as close to
Tuscany as it is possible to get without actually going there."
"A delightful synthesis of contemplation and cuisine, of recipes from and
reflections upon earthy Tuscan cooking, this cookbook is a quiet stunner."
"Vitali has a unique style, guiding her readers step by step through the
recipes and offering up her philosophy on cooking and life with sensitivity and
wit. Highly recommended."
"One of Florence’s most deservedly celebrated restaurants....it touches a
chord so that you begin to think you must have been Tuscan in a previous life.
And every recipe has a story."
—New York Times