Tuscany by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi

In 1997 restaurateur, Giancarlo Caldesi met artist, Katie. He fell in love with her painting and she with his pasta. They now sit at the helm of two restaurants, Caffé Caldesi and Caldesi in Campagna, run a busy cookery school, have authored a library of cookery books and have two sons. 

The cooking couple's latest title, Tuscany: Simple Meals and Fabulous Feasts from Italy is a welcomed addition to my library which contains all of their cookbooks. Each month, I would buy an older title until I had them all. I tend to do that when I find an author(s) I love. Just a heads up, their next title, The Long and the Short of Pasta  will be published this Fall and is a compilation of their favorite pasta dishes from earlier titles. See our  for a look inside this upcoming release. 

Tuscany takes readers on a culinary journey through a Tuscan day. Breakfasts are thoughtful and planned out, lunch often eaten at home with family, and weekend dinners a feast. The Caldesis' share their knowledge as if we are their students but deliver the instructions and recipes as if we were their family. The ultimate teachers, they leave nothing to chance - sharing with us tips and tricks from how to make a cartoccio, a parcel constructed of cooking paper that traps the flavors and juices of those ingredients carefully placed within, to how to store low-sugar preserves. Their culinary experience is generously shared on each page of this beautifully photographed book that captures the people, their stories and, of course, the food of Tuscany.

There is nothing pretentious or overly complicated in the way the couple cooks or teach. At its heart, this book is a celebration of food whether it be toasted bread with a tasty and well executed topping assortment to Fabrizio's hand-rolled pasta strands. Tuscany is a glorious snapshot into the calm and relaxed Tuscan lifestyle. 

Our   presents a beautiful picture of the content of this title and features the following :

Special thanks to Hardie Grant for supplying the materials for our preview as well as for providing three copies of this book in our giveaway below.


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ. 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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  • Tanner14  on  7/18/2018 at 5:48 AM

    Would love to try Babbo's eggs

  • JRumi  on  7/18/2018 at 7:04 AM

    Tuscan beef, porcini and Chianti stew

  • sarahawker  on  7/18/2018 at 8:09 AM

    Chickpea pancake (Cecina)

  • Kimmaicutler  on  7/18/2018 at 8:32 AM

    Fricassee of chicken with sage & onions

  • Karen.2018  on  7/18/2018 at 9:42 AM

    I would try Puff pastry pie with cheese and ham (Pasta Valdostana)

  • rchesser  on  7/18/2018 at 9:54 AM

    Choux pastry with chicken livers, cream & lemon (Cibreo).

  • bjamison01  on  7/18/2018 at 10:51 AM

    Pollo Toscano alla Giancarlo looks amazing!

  • MiMi60  on  7/18/2018 at 10:58 AM

    Sea bass cooked in a parcel with Tuscan herbs (Sea bass with Tuscan herbs in foil) Sounds perfect for a camping trip.

  • matag  on  7/18/2018 at 11:04 AM

    Chicken meatloaf

  • debgonewest  on  7/18/2018 at 11:36 AM

    Sea bass with Tuscan herbs

  • sgump  on  7/18/2018 at 1:37 PM

    The duck ragù sounds nice!

  • demomcook  on  7/18/2018 at 8:48 PM

    Chicken meatloaf (Polpettone di pollo)

  • CharlotteBB  on  7/18/2018 at 9:05 PM

    Love Italian food (from all parts of Italy) - perhaps because I may have a smidge of Mediterranean blood, or because New Zealand is roughly the same latitude as Italy. Wonderful.

  • kmn4  on  7/19/2018 at 9:32 AM

    Saffron pannacotta

  • dbielick  on  7/19/2018 at 10:01 AM

    Turkey breast stuffed with pecorino & sage alla Livia

  • mduncan  on  7/19/2018 at 11:09 AM

    Can't wait to make the Chestnut & Potato Gnocchi!

  • riley  on  7/19/2018 at 1:36 PM

    Saffron Pannacotta

  • DonnaO  on  7/19/2018 at 6:06 PM

    Definately the saffron Panacotta

  • RNJessicaK  on  7/20/2018 at 4:56 AM

    Toasted Bread with Green Sauce & Saffron Pannacotta.

  • tennyogirl  on  7/20/2018 at 6:59 PM

    Poor man's ragu

  • ktpotat  on  7/20/2018 at 9:41 PM

    Fig and mascarpone crostini with honey

  • LaurenE  on  7/20/2018 at 10:30 PM

    Sea bass with Tuscan herbs

  • jezpurr  on  7/21/2018 at 1:20 AM

    Slow-cooked beef stew with black peppercorns (Peposo di manzo al nipozzano)!!!^_^

  • mpdeb98  on  7/21/2018 at 8:41 AM

    Apple cake with saffron custard

  • debbiehb  on  7/21/2018 at 9:12 AM

    Cheat’s spaghetti with clams (Spaghetti alle vongole con pomodoro)

  • amyz218  on  7/21/2018 at 10:45 AM

    Sea Bass cooked in a parcel with Uscan Herbs

  • Laura1  on  7/22/2018 at 8:09 AM

    chickpea pancake

  • RSW  on  7/22/2018 at 10:20 AM

    Ravioli filled with tomato & bread stuffing in a warm mozzarella cream (Ravioli ripieni con pappa al pommodoro in crema di mozzarella di Daniela Sera)

  • jifar  on  7/22/2018 at 11:30 AM

    Aniseed biscuits

  • Dannausc  on  7/22/2018 at 2:09 PM

    Chicken crackling

  • LSanders  on  7/22/2018 at 4:31 PM

    Babbo's eggs

  • jd5761  on  7/22/2018 at 8:28 PM

    Pollo Toscano alla Giancarlo for me

  • Nancith  on  7/23/2018 at 8:16 PM

    Farro, courgette, mint & walnut salad (Insalata di farro e zucchini) sounds divine.

  • Siegal  on  7/24/2018 at 8:00 AM

    I want to try poor mans ragu

  • jenlhawes  on  7/24/2018 at 10:12 AM

    fig and mascarpone crostini

  • Lmocooks  on  7/24/2018 at 6:28 PM

    Pea & tarragon soup

  • TequilaMockingbird  on  7/25/2018 at 10:26 AM

    Pici with anchovy breadcrumbs sounds delicious!

  • Julia  on  7/25/2018 at 4:29 PM

    Fricassee of chicken with sage and onions

  • luccio  on  7/25/2018 at 6:00 PM

    Ricciarelli - grain-free : )

  • Nkrieda78  on  7/25/2018 at 6:24 PM

    The Linguine with Crab and Cream sounds amazing!

  • Liz_and_Steve  on  7/25/2018 at 7:44 PM

    Coffee & ricotta shots, hmmm..

  • enalawso  on  7/25/2018 at 8:39 PM

    I can't wait to try "How to make a cartoccio." My favourite old-style italian restaurant occasionally had a seafood cartoccio on the menu, but we learned that if we asked nicely, they would in fact always make it for us. So much flavour infused and retained! I want to make it part of my own repertoire!

  • Akarbowiak  on  7/26/2018 at 12:32 AM

    Chestnut and potato gnocchi

  • BMeyer  on  7/26/2018 at 9:37 AM

    puff pastry with cheese and ham

  • lpatterson412  on  7/26/2018 at 9:37 AM

    Poor Man's Ragu!!

  • lgroom  on  7/26/2018 at 4:36 PM

    Poor man's ragu.

  • jmay42066  on  7/27/2018 at 2:41 PM

    Fricassee of chicken with sage & onions

  • Binguy  on  7/27/2018 at 6:36 PM

    I will try Antonella’s panforte (Panforte di Antonella) first.

  • SallyCristina  on  7/27/2018 at 8:23 PM

    Linguine with crab & cream (Linguine alla polpa di granchio)

  • camerashy131  on  7/28/2018 at 6:30 AM

    Sea bass cooked in a parcel with Tuscan herbs (Branzino con erbe Toscane al cartoccio)

  • thecharlah  on  7/28/2018 at 11:51 PM

    Babbo‘s eggs (Uova del babbo)

  • ravensfan  on  7/30/2018 at 8:05 AM

    Poor man’s ragù

  • Ishtar  on  7/30/2018 at 10:56 AM

    Rabbit casserole

  • Curlyfatkins  on  7/30/2018 at 2:04 PM

    Pheasant & leek risotto (Risotto di fagiano e porri)

  • Gilly83  on  8/1/2018 at 8:48 AM

    The fig and mascarpone crostini with honey sounds divine, a special pud to share with a certain special person me thinks!

  • beetangsurat  on  8/1/2018 at 6:02 PM

    Poor man’s ragù sounds wallet-friendly enough.

  • Brancica  on  8/1/2018 at 6:56 PM

    I’d love to try the pollo fricassea

  • ebs  on  8/1/2018 at 9:57 PM

    Large ravioli filled with spinach and an egg yolk

  • monasli  on  8/1/2018 at 10:55 PM

    Porcini risotto

  • amandabeck  on  8/2/2018 at 4:53 PM

    Apricot frangipane cake! perfect for summer.

  • GregH  on  8/2/2018 at 8:52 PM

    Pheasant & leek risotto (Risotto di fagiano e porri)

  • t.t  on  8/3/2018 at 11:53 PM

    Florentine cake (Schiacciata Fiorentina)

  • banba1  on  8/4/2018 at 7:24 PM

    Memmo’s beef rage...mmmm

  • lapsapchung  on  8/5/2018 at 7:05 AM

    Pheasant & leek risotto (Risotto di fagiano e porri)

  • Wojtanowski  on  8/6/2018 at 2:39 PM

    Memmo's Beef Ragu

  • ameliark  on  8/8/2018 at 6:04 AM

    Tuscan beef, porcini & Chianti stew (Spezzatino di manzo, porcini e Chianti)

  • Amdona  on  8/10/2018 at 10:46 AM

    Ricotta crostini

  • floridagld  on  8/10/2018 at 6:41 PM

    Long fresh pasta (Pasta lunga fresca)

  • lisambb  on  8/10/2018 at 6:51 PM

    Sea bass

  • myzadim3  on  8/10/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Cocoa Ravioli stuffed with gorgonzola and walnuts

  • linded  on  8/10/2018 at 7:31 PM

    So many good choices! I’d love to try some of the basics, like the chicken stock, beef bone broth, prawn brroth, and especially the chicken cracklings. Cornerstones of good cooking.

  • DarcyVaughn  on  8/10/2018 at 7:51 PM

    blackberry compote

  • Julia  on  8/10/2018 at 9:39 PM

    Aniseed biscuits

  • sequoia55  on  8/11/2018 at 12:51 AM

    Slow-cooked beef stew with black peppercorns

  • size_27  on  8/11/2018 at 1:36 AM

    Florentine pancakes (Crespelle alla Fiorentina). MMMMM pancakes please.

  • poneill  on  8/11/2018 at 2:07 AM

    Sienese almond biscuits (Ricciarelli)

  • Poppyjoey  on  8/11/2018 at 5:12 AM

    Memmo's Beef Ragu

  • PeavineBlues  on  8/11/2018 at 8:18 AM

    Chestnut gnocchi

  • tararr  on  8/11/2018 at 9:28 AM

    Fig and mascarpone crostini with honey

  • rachael_mc  on  8/11/2018 at 10:30 AM

    Sardine, borlotti & celery salad (Insalata di fagioli e sarde)

  • artthecat  on  8/11/2018 at 1:18 PM

    Soft, cheesy polenta

  • drjeff  on  8/11/2018 at 2:50 PM

    Zuppa di lenticchie

  • bohfive  on  8/11/2018 at 3:57 PM

    Chickpea pancake for me :-)

  • v.t  on  8/12/2018 at 4:31 PM

    Babbo‘s eggs (Uova del babbo)

  • hagoesch  on  8/12/2018 at 8:17 PM

    Cartoccio, please!

  • jim.windle  on  8/13/2018 at 9:54 AM

    Pheasant and leek risotto.

  • Nancith  on  8/13/2018 at 9:24 PM

    Fig & mascarpone or ricotta crostini with honey (Crostini con fichi e mascarpone o ricotta)

  • debzfinn86  on  8/14/2018 at 12:49 PM

    Apple Cake and Saffron Custard

  • Breeze81  on  8/16/2018 at 8:45 AM

    Fig & mascarpone or ricotta crostini with honey (Crostini con fichi e mascarpone o ricotta)

  • cake17uk  on  8/18/2018 at 6:00 AM

    I'd try Giancarlo’s Tuscan chicken with rosemary & garlic (Pollo Toscano alla Giancarlo) - sounds just right for Autumn

  • EmilyR  on  8/19/2018 at 8:25 PM

    Ravioli stuffed with potato & cheese (Ravioli di mugello)

  • Wojtanowski  on  8/21/2018 at 10:44 AM

    ravioli stuffed with potato and cheese

  • kitchenclimbers  on  8/22/2018 at 3:05 PM

    poor man's ragu

  • silversand  on  8/23/2018 at 4:33 AM

    Florentine pancakes (Crespelle alla Fiorentina)

  • PaulaCheadle  on  8/26/2018 at 4:55 PM

    Apple Cake and Saffron Custard

  • Sand9  on  8/28/2018 at 11:11 AM

    Apricot & Frangipane Cake - sounds lovely x

  • SheenaBatey  on  8/28/2018 at 12:08 PM

    Saffron Pannacotta sounds absolutely delicious

  • JudeVFR400  on  8/28/2018 at 12:45 PM

    Soft, Cheesy polenta, it's coming up to stew season, and this sounds a lovely addition to a cold weather meal.

  • Welsh1  on  8/28/2018 at 2:54 PM

    Giancarlo’s Tuscan chicken with rosemary & garlic sounds lovely.

  • RuthHarwood  on  8/29/2018 at 2:53 AM

    Love the idea of the saffron pannacotta!

  • clairew137  on  8/29/2018 at 3:10 AM

    Saffron pannacotta

  • emfdvm  on  8/29/2018 at 7:45 PM

    How to cook cavolo nero #us

  • gillwill  on  8/30/2018 at 2:58 AM

    Strawberries with orange & lemon juice (Fragole in salsa di agrumi)

  • a1apple  on  8/30/2018 at 4:05 AM

    Farro, courgette, mint & walnut salad

  • skyejaden  on  8/30/2018 at 7:51 AM

    Soft, cheesy polenta

  • DJCross  on  8/30/2018 at 10:24 AM

    Chicken meatloaf and Cheesy Polenta

  • sheridarby  on  8/30/2018 at 1:06 PM

    Pollo Toscano alla Giancarlo

  • K1966  on  8/31/2018 at 1:13 AM

    Branzino con erbe Toscane al cartoccio

  • HannahLI  on  8/31/2018 at 3:19 AM

    Sea bass with Tuscan herbs sounds lovely

  • abihamm  on  8/31/2018 at 8:07 AM

    Fig & mascarpone or ricotta crostini with honey

  • minilynn3  on  8/31/2018 at 11:25 AM

    Soft Cheesey Polenta

  • camerashy131  on  8/31/2018 at 11:27 AM

    Florentine pancakes (Crespelle alla Fiorentina)

  • DimensionAEB  on  8/31/2018 at 11:52 AM

    The sea bass with tuscan herbs sounds lovely!

  • Livia  on  9/1/2018 at 4:24 AM

    It would have to be the Fresh Pasta with Memmo’s beef ragù (Ragù di Memmo) !!

  • benjamincrow  on  9/1/2018 at 10:42 AM

    Duck ragu! Yummm!!!

  • auntietina  on  9/1/2018 at 1:39 PM

    Tiziana’s stuffed aubergines

  • orchidlady01  on  9/2/2018 at 3:20 AM

    How to prepare Swiss chard

  • GillB  on  9/2/2018 at 3:31 AM

    Poor Mans Ragu

  • shellee  on  9/3/2018 at 11:10 AM

    I would try the Vegetable Stock as I'm yet to find the perfect one!

  • kkohle  on  9/3/2018 at 2:54 PM

    Duck Ragu

  • Therese  on  9/4/2018 at 5:34 PM

    Curiousity would dictate the sweet swiss chard tart

  • starzine  on  9/4/2018 at 7:34 PM

    I would like to try the Soffritto.

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