Italian cooking is about far more than food.
Each authentic dish expresses the history and traditions of a region, the seasonal flavour of local ingredients or the powerful relationship Italians have with technique and taste.
Some Italians will tell you that this innate understanding can’t be learnt from any cookbook and that skills are handed down through generations.
However, if you don’t have an Italian family kitchen to hand, or a long-line of pasta aficionados to turn to, there are plenty of books that do a good job of filling in. Here are few of our favourites: