Istria – Recipes and stories from the hidden heart of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia

My third cookbook was published on 1 October 2021 by Smith Street Books. It is now available in bookshops worldwide and online on many sites including Angus and Robertson, Booktopia and Rizzoli USA.

All my cookbooks are also available (for Australian residents) from my online shop (signed and wrapped!)

Here is a bit about the book from its back cover:

Istria is the heart-shaped promontory at the northern crux of the Adriatic Sea, where rows of vines and olives grow in fields of red earth. Here, the cuisine records a history of changing borders – a blend of the countries (Italy, the Republic of Venice, Austria, Hungary and now Slovenia and Croatia) that have shared Istria’s hills and coasts and valleys.

This book is a record of traditions, of these cultures and of Paola’s family: recipes from her childhood, the region’s past, and family and friends who still live beside the Adriatic coast. Among recipes for semolina dumplings, beef and pork goulash and apricot strudel are memories of the region and the stories of the recipes’ authors: the Italian-Istrians who remained in the region after the 1940s, and those who left for new countries.

Istria is where my father is from, his father and countless generations before them. The book has 80 recipes, many of the ones my mother made at home for us, and those I like to imagine my grandparents made when they lived in Pola/Pula, in Istria under Italy, and prior to that in Chersano/Kršan in Istria under Austria.

Adriatico – recipes and stories from Italy’s Adriatic coast

My second cookbook was published in September 2018.  My publisher is Smith Street Books.

It contains eighty-four recipes, stories and photos from the less-well-known Adriatic Coast of Italy, which runs from the heel of the boot-shaped peninsula at the Ionian Sea, through Puglia and Venice, to the northern waters of the Gulf of Trieste on the border with Slovenia. Spindly wooden fishing piers, white washed walls, colourful villages and sea-facing piazzas dot the 1,200-kilometre coastline with a rich history touched by Etruscan, Greek, Roman, Venetian and Austrian populations. I researched and photographed the location scenes for 3-months at the start of 2017. It is a photographic journal of this beautiful coastline as well as a recipe book.

The book is available from Simon and Schuster (Australia), Rizzoli Books (USA), Penguin Random House (Canada), Angus Robertson (Australia)BooktopiaAmazon and many others. You can also buy a signed copy directly from me; you can pick it up from me in Melbourne or I can post it to you (Australia only)

Italian Street Food – recipes from Italy’s hidden bars and laneways

My debut cookbook is published by Smith Street Books.

This book contains eighty-five recipes from Italy’s street food scene, which I researched in December 2015 on a whirlwind tour up and down the boot of Italy.

You can buy the signed book online from my store (only available to be shipped in Australia). Or alternatively click here to order the book via Amazon or here to order the book via Rizzoli Books in the USA. The first edition and all printings have sold out, in both hard cover and paperback. A new second edition was released in August 2021 with a lovely graphic cover and many new location photos.


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