A House Party in Tuscany

Recipes, Stories and Art from Arniano

$65.00

Art meets food in this sublime celebration of thirty years of cooking and hosting at The Arniano Painting School in Tuscany.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from March 2022.

ISBN: 9781760761752 Category:

Amber Guinness

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‘A stunning book in every way. Amber Guinness paints such a dreamy, evocative picture of her home in the Tuscan countryside and of the sumptuous feasts she cooks there. I long to be there with her and to eat everything in this book.’
Skye McAlpine, author of A Table in Venice

‘A truly beautiful book with food as colourful as paintings and thoughtful menus guided by the Tuscan seasons.’
Emiko Davies, author of Torta della Nonna

‘A peculiar attribute of the landscape surrounding Arniano is the ever-changing light. Early in the morning, there is an extraordinary mist that sits in the valley and interweaves through the hills, allowing just the tops to show above the smoky clouds. These changes bring with them new moods and shadows, drawing our painters to different views and areas of the garden throughout the day. By the evening, everything has altered again, and there are often intense sunsets, bringing silhouettes from the trees and much darker, richer, olive colours.’

There are many farmhouses in Tuscany, but few are quite so magical as Arniano. It is here, in this 18th-century podere, that Amber Guinness grew up and learned to cook. And it is here that she established The Arniano Painting School, a residential painting course and immersive art and food experience.

‘As I look through the recipes and think about the common thread that binds them, I realise that they all exemplify a fundamental principle of Italian home cooking. Which is that simplicity – and keeping ingredients as close to their original form as possible – leads to the most delicious and rewarding food. The beauty of Italian cooking is that it is not about fancy sauces or preparation techniques. Rather, it is about bringing out the best in what you are cooking, through patience, constant tasting and the development of flavour – sometimes using nothing but some olive oil and salt.’

Filled with recipes for classic dishes and cocktails, feast curation, seasonal menu suggestions and notes on an Italian pantry and wines, A House Party in Tuscany will transport you to the Tuscan countryside and bring the conviviality of Arniano to your table.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 21.5 x 27.5 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 29 March 2022
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.5 x 27.5 cm
Weight 300 g

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Amber Guinness was born in London and grew up in Tuscany. She studied history and Italian literature at the University of Edinburgh, working as a cook in both London and Italy in her spare time. In 2014, she co-founded The Arniano Painting School, a residential painting holiday designed to breathe life back into Arniano after her father's death. These artists' retreats are centred around creativity and food, and have been featured in The New York Times, House & Garden and various other international magazines. Amber now lives in Florence. A House Party in Tuscany is her first book.