A Table in Venice by Skye McAlpine

A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home by Skye McAlpine is an enchanting book that ferries the reader away to the canals of Venice adorned with a canopy of swaying laundry and faded buildings of brick. The book was released in the US, Canada and UK (US and Canadian cover to left, UK to the right) in March.

In this debut book from the voice behind the website, From my Dining Table, Skye delivers traditional Venetian dishes as well as her take on the classics. The magic of the floating city is brought to life in stunning photographs and charming storytelling. With 100 irresistible recipes (with measurements in weight and volume), 150 photos, and evocative essays, A Table in Venice is a testament to the author's affection for this storied city. Food is the best storyteller and Skye's interpretation of Venice is one that everyone will enjoy experiencing.

I fell in love with this title from the moment I first opened it. The author begins with a chapter on Sweet Breakfast Recipes that house such delights as Cardamom and cinnamon rice pudding tartlets and a show stopping Chocolate and orange ricotta breakfast cake. The chapters continue with Vegetable Recipes from the Rialto Market, Classic Lunch Recipes, Recipes for a Venetian Aperitivo, Fish and Game from the Venetian Lagoon and ends, as all Italian (or any, for that matter) cookbooks should, with Desserts and Sweet Treats. I have made a few recipes that were so wonderful that they were sampled before I could take photographs which is only more incentive to create them again. My new golden rule - only cook when no one is home or perhaps leave no food unattended.

I know it is still early in the game but this book will be one of my favorite books of 2018. Skye has a few events planned which are available on our calendar. She will be at Eataly in New York when Jane and I will be there for the James Beard award dinner. I am looking forward to meeting Skye for breakfast that morning as we won't be able to make it to the event. Skye, be prepared. I'm bringing a book plate for you to autograph for my copy. 

We found this wonderful article on Skye and her London home where we spied Ruffoni cookware above her hob. Skye is a woman after my own heart. Let her capture your heart with her Venice.


 Our   will give you a closer look inside this beautiful title and our  shares the following recipes:

Special thanks to Clarkson Potter for sharing the material for our EYB Book Preview as well as for providing two copies of this book in our giveaway below for US members, Bloomsbury, the UK publisher, for providing two copies for members in the UK and Appetite by Random House for suppying one copy for our Canadian members. 

The publishers are offering five copies of this book - two to members in the US,  two to members in the UK and one member in Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Kristjudy  on  4/20/2018 at 2:18 PM

    How good does the fig and marsacapone cake sound!

  • MadMom  on  4/20/2018 at 2:21 PM

    I love it. Would go back to Venice in a minute if I could. The breakfast cake sounds so good!

  • janv  on  4/20/2018 at 2:24 PM

    Chicken in tomato and white wine sauce (Pollo in tecia) (page 162) would be one of the first items I would make.

  • RNJessicaK  on  4/20/2018 at 2:43 PM

    I'm torn between the Walnut Croquettes & the Saffron Panna Cotta.

  • Whyvette  on  4/20/2018 at 2:43 PM

    Salt-baked sea bass is the first recipe I'd try.

  • lebarron2001  on  4/20/2018 at 2:58 PM

    Scallops on the shell with pistachio gratin

  • kmn4  on  4/20/2018 at 3:28 PM

    Cardamom and cinnamon rice pudding tartlets (Tortine di riso con cardamomo e cannella)

  • ravensfan  on  4/20/2018 at 4:56 PM

    Cream of pumpkin soup (Crema di zucca)

  • mpdeb98  on  4/20/2018 at 4:56 PM

    Cardamom and cinnamon rice pudding tartlets

  • Kimmaicutler  on  4/20/2018 at 5:45 PM

    Linguine with asparagus and prosecco

  • JRumi  on  4/20/2018 at 6:26 PM

    Peaches poached in amaretto syrup

  • Coffeebean  on  4/20/2018 at 6:49 PM

    Saffron manna cotta

  • jmay42066  on  4/20/2018 at 7:51 PM

    Chocolate and orange ricotta breakfast cake (Torta di ricotta al fior d'arancio e cioccolato)

  • t.t  on  4/20/2018 at 7:54 PM

    Polenta and raisin cookies (Zaletti)

  • Eclauser  on  4/20/2018 at 8:08 PM

    Fennel risotto

  • kitcheness  on  4/20/2018 at 8:35 PM

    Peaches poached in Amaretto syrup sounds perfect for a dinner party I am planning. :)

  • Lorihahn  on  4/20/2018 at 8:39 PM

    The homemade gnocchi with sage

  • BMeyer  on  4/20/2018 at 10:14 PM


  • sequoia55  on  4/20/2018 at 11:22 PM

    Polenta and raisin cookies (Zaletti)

  • Julia  on  4/21/2018 at 12:07 AM

    Butter beans with sage

  • eildoncook  on  4/21/2018 at 12:54 AM

    Fennel risotto

  • CheekySpouse  on  4/21/2018 at 2:12 AM

    Baked Mussels with Breadcrumbs and Lemon 🍋

  • Carolyn99  on  4/21/2018 at 2:17 AM

    Almond paste croissants. My fave breakfast, but so hard to find a really good one in the UK.

  • dbielick  on  4/21/2018 at 5:43 AM

    Orange blossom and almond tart

  • Pamsy  on  4/21/2018 at 6:31 AM

    Fennel Risotto

  • PeavineBlues  on  4/21/2018 at 8:02 AM

    Venetian pesto

  • finnsmom64  on  4/21/2018 at 9:28 AM

    Apricot brioche

  • fbrunetti  on  4/21/2018 at 9:31 AM

    Butter beans with sage

  • AsTheNight  on  4/21/2018 at 10:25 AM

    I would first make olive focaccia bread because olives. Really. I love olives that much!

  • contest718  on  4/21/2018 at 10:31 AM

    Spiced meatballs (Polpettine piccanti), love me some meatballs!

  • Karen.2018  on  4/21/2018 at 10:37 AM

    I would try this: Fig and mascarpone cake (Torta di mascarpone e fichi)

  • Steben  on  4/21/2018 at 12:29 PM

    Risotto with radicchio and Gorgonzola (Risotto con radicchio e Gorgonzola

  • infotrop  on  4/21/2018 at 2:02 PM

    Meringue and chocolate kisses, what a happy combination

  • lgroom  on  4/21/2018 at 3:10 PM

    The gnocchi with sage.

  • Shelley.b  on  4/21/2018 at 3:50 PM

    Salt baked sea bass

  • TanyaD  on  4/21/2018 at 4:25 PM

    Peach and saffron pastries

  • RSW  on  4/21/2018 at 4:59 PM

    Cardamom and cinnamon rice pudding tartlets (Tortine di riso con cardamomo e cannella)

  • rchesser  on  4/21/2018 at 7:35 PM

    Scallops on the shell with pistachio gratin.

  • Yarnia  on  4/21/2018 at 11:51 PM


  • jifar  on  4/22/2018 at 6:25 AM

    Fennel seed and candied-peel yogurt cake

  • davisesq212  on  4/22/2018 at 8:10 AM

    I would like to try the Chicken in tomato and white wine sauce first!

  • RickPearson54  on  4/22/2018 at 9:32 AM

    fennel risotto

  • jim.windle  on  4/22/2018 at 12:21 PM

    Lagoustine and fig salad

  • ktpotat  on  4/22/2018 at 3:41 PM

    Artichoke puff pastry

  • Karla123  on  4/22/2018 at 7:12 PM

    Garden pea and almond salad...a delightfully refreshing salad I know I would love to eat.

  • littleminxgirl  on  4/23/2018 at 3:06 AM

    my mother would love the cream of pumpkin soup. She loves that type of thing

  • sarahawker  on  4/23/2018 at 8:20 AM

    Baked polenta with melted Gorgonzola

  • shaunterria  on  4/23/2018 at 10:07 AM

    Fennel risotto (Risotto di finocchio)

  • sgump  on  4/23/2018 at 12:04 PM

    For me? The fig and mascarpone cake (torta di mascarpone e fichi)!

  • ktwalla  on  4/23/2018 at 5:55 PM

    Almond Paste Croissants

  • EmilyR  on  4/24/2018 at 1:48 AM

    Cardamom and cinnamon rice pudding tartlets (Tortine di riso con cardamomo e cannella)

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  4/24/2018 at 8:39 AM

    can never get enough soup so would like to try the cream of pumpkin soup (Crema di zucca) found on page page 86

  • Ishtar  on  4/24/2018 at 9:48 AM

    Fig and mascarpone cake. Yum

  • LaurenE  on  4/24/2018 at 9:57 AM

    Saffron Panna Cotta

  • Cmgitan  on  4/24/2018 at 10:50 AM

    Absolutely the bread pudding!

  • Siegal  on  4/24/2018 at 1:44 PM

    I want to make the fog and mascarpone cake

  • TheHummer  on  4/24/2018 at 4:10 PM

    Some interesting recipes, slightly different from some other recipes, I think Tagliolini with shrimp, zucchini, and saffron (Tagliolini con scampi, zucchine, e zafferano) will be well worth a try.

  • Nancith  on  4/24/2018 at 7:15 PM

    Chocolate & Amaretto custard sound luscious!

  • TippyCanoe  on  4/25/2018 at 1:45 AM

    Chocolate and orange ricotta breakfast cake

  • heyjude  on  4/25/2018 at 2:26 AM

    One more for Fig and Marscarpone Cake

  • shaz4  on  4/26/2018 at 5:16 AM

    Slow-cooked peppers (Peperonata alla Veneziana) - imagine the depth of flavour!

  • sparkfan1965  on  4/26/2018 at 5:48 AM

    I would love to try Bigoli with Creamy Walnut Sauce. It sounds delicious!

  • shellee  on  4/26/2018 at 6:31 AM

    Almond paste croissants sounds seriously lovely

  • alex9179  on  4/26/2018 at 10:44 AM

    The zucchini, bacon, and pecorino tart sounds good enough to eat for any meal of the day.

  • Shana.  on  4/26/2018 at 1:42 PM

    Butter beans with sage

  • lpatterson412  on  4/26/2018 at 2:28 PM

    Three Kinds of Ravioli!

  • Julia  on  4/26/2018 at 9:27 PM

    Fig and marscarpone cake

  • marsmomma  on  4/27/2018 at 10:29 AM

    I would make the Zucchini, Pecorino, and Fresh Mint Frittata!

  • trudys_person  on  4/27/2018 at 8:52 PM

    Burnt sugar, amaretti, and ricotta cake (Torta di ricotta e amaretti brûlée) - the ingredients sound intriguing!

  • juazella  on  4/27/2018 at 10:44 PM

    I would try the Roasted celery with cherry tomatoes and pancetta

  • Wojtanowski  on  4/28/2018 at 1:23 AM

    A must try....pan fried artichoke hearts with parsley!!! Yes please

  • Dannausc  on  4/28/2018 at 5:17 AM

    Cream of pumpkin soup

  • antpantsii  on  4/28/2018 at 8:04 AM

    Poppy puffs sounds interesting

  • rachael_mc  on  4/28/2018 at 12:30 PM

    Butter beans with sage

  • PennyG  on  4/28/2018 at 3:30 PM

    Butter beans with sage (Fagiolini bianchi con salvia) sounds really nice!

  • Laura1  on  4/28/2018 at 5:59 PM

    Butter beans with sage

  • Julia77  on  4/29/2018 at 6:10 AM

    Artichoke puff pastry pie

  • ukraines  on  4/29/2018 at 6:15 AM

    Almond paste croissants

  • Betsy775  on  4/29/2018 at 8:51 AM

    The fig salad looks divine

  • Curlyfatkins  on  4/29/2018 at 3:02 PM

    Sugar buns (Focaccine Veneziane)

  • sywcindy  on  5/1/2018 at 1:54 AM

    Apricot brioche...yum!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  5/1/2018 at 6:57 AM

    I would like to make the Chocolate birthday cake (Torta di compleanno).

  • ccav  on  5/1/2018 at 9:36 AM

    Fennel risotto sounds amazing!

  • lapsapchung  on  5/1/2018 at 10:24 AM

    Roasted pumpkin with onions, raisins, and pine nuts (Zucca in saor) - I think the combination of raisins and pine nuts in a savoury dish is wonderful, one I use often, but I've never tried it with roasted pumpkin

  • saragoodman  on  5/2/2018 at 6:21 AM

    The cream of pumpkin soup sounds amazing! Thanks for a fantastic giveaway :) x

  • Teruska  on  5/2/2018 at 1:14 PM

    Crostini with ricotta, honey, and figs

  • schesshire  on  5/2/2018 at 1:51 PM

    Slow cooked peppers!

  • Livia  on  5/3/2018 at 2:53 AM

    It has got to be the Cardamom and cinnamon rice pudding tartlets :)

  • susiebee  on  5/4/2018 at 12:21 PM

    Oven roasted stuffed sardines. I love sardines, but there is no getting away from the fact that frying them leaves a lingering smell!!!

  • fluffysammy  on  5/4/2018 at 5:36 PM

    Fig and Mascarpone Cake, It sounds very yummy

  • jenlhawes  on  5/6/2018 at 1:51 PM

    Sugar buns (and peach iced tea)!

  • FireRunner2379  on  5/6/2018 at 5:43 PM

    The Apple, raisin, pine nut, and cinnamon bread pudding sounds really good! The Roast duck with apples, pears, and chestnuts sounds tasty as well.

  • verorenee  on  5/8/2018 at 5:13 PM

    I usually don't go for the first recipe I see but apricot brioche sounds great!

  • cake17uk  on  5/12/2018 at 5:44 AM

    Strawberry and vodka sorbet (Sgroppino alla fragola) - great when there is a glut of strawberries

  • Lmocooks  on  5/12/2018 at 10:28 AM

    Fig and mascarpone cake

  • clairew137  on  5/13/2018 at 10:25 AM

    Cardamom and cinnamon rice pudding tartlets

  • catmommy9  on  5/13/2018 at 6:57 PM

    Slow-cooked peppers (Peperonata alla Veneziana)

  • leilx  on  5/16/2018 at 2:11 PM

    Thick hot chocolate with zabaione. also apricot brioche

  • Radley  on  5/17/2018 at 7:03 AM

    Fried puffs with sugar

  • jessiecomp  on  5/19/2018 at 8:51 AM

    The Fennel risotto (Risotto di finocchio) sounds beautiful! I'd choose that first!

  • nomadchowwoman  on  5/21/2018 at 10:15 AM

    Zucchini, bacon, and pecorino tart (Torta salata con zucchine, pancetta, e pecorino) : what a luscious sounding solution to friends coming out of the woodwork offering zucchini!

  • eliza  on  5/21/2018 at 8:24 PM

    Fennel risotto.

  • orchidlady01  on  5/22/2018 at 3:19 AM

    Meringue and chocolate kisses (Baci in gondola)

  • pluckypuddin  on  5/23/2018 at 11:42 AM

    I would love to try the chocolate, orange and hazlenut breakfast bread first. Sounds amazing!

  • tarae1204  on  5/23/2018 at 10:26 PM

    I really want to try the fig and mascarpone cake - sounds amazing!

  • eatysmith  on  5/23/2018 at 10:38 PM

    "Which recipe in the index would you try first?" Fennel risotto (Risotto di finocchio)!

  • Breeze81  on  5/24/2018 at 5:27 AM

    I'd love to try the slow-cooked peppers (Peperonata alla Veneziana) to start with. These would be so versatile

  • PaulaCheadle  on  5/24/2018 at 6:44 AM

    Salt-baked sea bass

  • Jai3mum  on  5/24/2018 at 4:39 PM

    The Fig and Marscarpone cake sounds amazing!

  • Welsh1  on  5/25/2018 at 1:59 AM

    Tagliolini with shrimp, zucchini and saffron. Sounds delicious.

  • janinex  on  5/26/2018 at 4:38 AM

    Gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and crab (Gnocchi con granseola e pomodoro)

  • MumofMags  on  5/26/2018 at 6:37 AM

    Butter beans with sage, it sounds yummy

  • deanfromuk  on  5/26/2018 at 11:27 AM

    Big fan of salt baked fish so salt baked sea bass sounds fab!

  • jmkrj  on  5/26/2018 at 1:11 PM

    Apricot Brioche

  • ruthwollerton  on  5/26/2018 at 4:27 PM

    Linguine with asparagus and prosecco sounds yummytastic as it combines my three favourite things ❤️

  • Trace21  on  5/26/2018 at 5:43 PM

    The 'Roast Duck with Apples, Pears and Chestnuts' sounds amazingly delicious! :)

  • jim.windle  on  5/27/2018 at 1:37 PM

    Pan fried artichoke hearts with parsley

  • Mrs.Soule  on  5/28/2018 at 1:06 PM

    Nonna's peas (I piselli della nonna) - this sounds similar to a dish my great-aunt served.

  • robynsanyal  on  5/29/2018 at 9:00 AM

    Fig and Mascarpone Cake

  • madelainelc  on  5/29/2018 at 10:01 PM

    spaghetti with lobster

  • skyejaden  on  5/30/2018 at 8:11 AM

    Cream of pumpkin soup (Crema di zucca) looks amazing!

  • NaomiH  on  5/30/2018 at 9:19 PM

    Lemon Risotto

  • lhudson  on  5/31/2018 at 3:16 PM

    Poppyseed puffs

  • Rosesrpink50  on  6/1/2018 at 9:42 AM

    Tagliolini with shrimp, zucchini, and saffron! Yum!

  • auntietina  on  6/1/2018 at 2:23 PM

    Polenta and raisin cookies.

  • bettinab  on  6/1/2018 at 3:59 PM

    Saffron pannacotta

  • katehill  on  6/1/2018 at 9:49 PM

    Croissants with almond paste!

  • tmcginty  on  6/2/2018 at 10:17 AM

    Chocolate and orange ricotta breakfast cake

  • Katiefayhutson  on  6/3/2018 at 10:19 PM

    Butter beans with sage

  • MusicCityMissy  on  6/3/2018 at 10:26 PM

    Chicken in tomato and white wine sauce (Pollo in tecia)

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