EMIKO DAVIES

Emiko Davies

Emiko Davies is a food writer, photographer and illustrator who Amanda Hesser calls the 'Renaissance Woman for the Internet Era'. She lived in Florence for seven years, where her love of Tuscan cuisine and Pellegrino Artusi?s cookbook was nurtured. She now calls Australia's food capital, Melbourne, her home. See more at her blog, http://www.emikodavies.com
Food + Wine

Worth the wait

Schiacciata di Pasqua
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 198/2014 / April 3, 2014)
In Italy, traditional Easter desserts are usually egg-rich baked goods. Naples’ Easter sweet is pastiera, a ricotta and wheatberry cake scented with orange blossom and candied citron. In Sicily, it is cassata, a sponge cake layered with ricotta, chocolate and candied …
Food Stories

On Elizabeth David

100 years of the 'domestic goddess'
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 196/2014 / January 30, 2014)
She has been called the ‘original domestic goddess,’ but Elizabeth David should be given much more credit than that. The celebrated English food writer and cookbook author would have turned 100 years old last month, and yet her witty and often …
Food + Wine

Indulgent leftovers

Panettone bread and butter puddings
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 195/2014 / January 16, 2014)
The great-grandfather of Italian cuisine, Pellegrino Artusi (see theflr.net/artusi), has a recipe in his 1891 cookbook, Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well, for a dessert that he calls Dolce Firenze, a previously unnamed dish that he savoured …
Recipes

Artusi's funghi fritti

Early autumn fare, Tuscan style
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 189/2013 / September 26, 2013)
In Tuscany, the end of summer and beginning of autumn is synonymous with mushrooms. And when mushrooms are mentioned, they are porcini of course. Fresh porcini. Many a keen forager will plan to andare a funghi to collect their own fresh …
Recipes

Italian cooking 101

Making a simple supper
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 188/2013 / September 12, 2013)
The first lesson to learn about Italian cooking is that there really is no ‘Italian cuisine,’ but 20 diverse regional cuisines, each with their own character, style, flavours and traditions. What you find in one region you may never see anywhere …
Food + Wine

Feed your sweet tooth

Crostatine for breakfast
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 186/2013 / June 20, 2013)
There’s no doubt that Italians have a sweet tooth, particularly when it comes to starting the day. Take a glance at the offerings behind the glass counter at your local bar or pastry shop: cornetti (sweet and fluffy rather than buttery …
Recipes

Cucina Elbana

The cuisine of the Island of Elba
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 167/2012 / July 12, 2012)
A favourite Italian holiday destination, the island of Elba, the largest in the Tuscan archipelago, is best known for its beaches and crystalline water than for its food. That may be because the traditional cuisine of this island is a humble one that stems …
Tuscany + Beyond

Prison paradise

Visiting the island of Gorgona
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 166/2012 / June 21, 2012)
A recent proposal to reopen two of Italy's smallest islands that have served as prisons made headlines last May. With Italy's prisons on the brink of disaster from overcapacity, Italy's minister of justice Paola Severino said she was considering the idea of reopening the now-closed …
Food Stories

Pecorino di Pienza,

Making and tasting a Tuscan treasure
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 165/2012 / June 7, 2012)
Pliny the Elder praised it and Lorenzo the Magnificent was fond of it: pecorino di Pienza is a cheese that for centuries has embodied the taste of the land and the traditions of one of Tuscany?s most beautiful valleys, the Val …
Recipes

The sweetness of spring

Cherry lovers flock to festival in Lari
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 163/2012 / May 10, 2012)
There is nothing like a warm weather sagra, and the annual cherry festival in the town of Lari (Sagra delle ciliegie a Lari) is a great excuse to get out and celebrate the season's sweetest bounty: cherries.   Located about 30 kilometres from Pisa, the …
Tuscany + Beyond

Fish to fry

San Vincenzo's Festa della Palamita
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 162/2012 / April 26, 2012)
One of Tuscany's best food festivals in spring is Tutti Pazzi per la Palamita, celebrating the bounty of the Etruscan coast and the talent of the local chefs and fishermen in San Vincenzo (Livorno) on May 5 and 6. Here Emiko Davies gives an …
Food Stories

La buona forchetta

by Emiko Davies (issue no. 161/2012 / April 12, 2012)
The saucepans were overturned-to paraphrase biographer Jean Orieux-in 1533 when Catherine de' Medici arrived in Paris as the 14-year-old Florentine bride of Henry II, the future king of France. What Orieux was referring to in his biography of Catherine de' Medici was the Tuscan cuisine …
Recipes

Pot on the fire

Caterina de' Medici's vegetable soup
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 159/2012 / March 15, 2012)
The Florentine gastronome Caterina de' Medici is well known to have inspired and influenced French cuisine. Some say her arrival in Paris was even the turning point. Her entourage of Florentine chefs and cooks that she insisted on bringing from home and her love …
Recipes

Schiaccia briaca

A Tuscan cake that's good enough to drink
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 157/2012 / February 16, 2012)
Don't expect to find this cake in your nearby pastry-shop window-unless of course you're on the Tuscan island of Elba, home of this unusual fruitcake-like dessert. With origins in cucina povera (peasant cuisine), the cake was reportedly invented by a creative baker from Rio …
Recipes

Artusi's ricotta tortelli recipe

Comfort food
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 155/2012 / January 19, 2012)
Tortelli or their smaller versions, like tortellini, have to be one of Italy's ultimate comfort foods. They hold a special place in the hearts of many Italians who grew up eating them around the New Year.     This recipe for ricotta tortelli is …
Recipes

Saffron season in San Gimignano

A late-autumnal recipe
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 153/2011 / November 25, 2011)
  Saffron has long been one of the world's most expensive foods. The carefully picked red stigmas of the lilac-coloured crocus flower have been cultivated, fought over and treasured for centuries. Cleopatra used to bathe in saffron-infused water, Alexander the Great used …
Tuscany + Beyond

Tuscany's truffle heartland

San Miniato and its white treasure
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 152/2011 / November 10, 2011)
The pretty hilltop town of San Miniato, situated halfway between Pisa and Florence, is tied so closely to its food that even a mention of its name will spark the imagination of those who know it for its rare delicacy, the …
Recipes

Artusi's pumpkin pie

Halloween in the kitchen, Italian style
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 151/2011 / October 27, 2011)
  November is one of the most glorious months for Tuscan foodies: truffles, olive oil, chestnuts, wild boar, saffron and more abound. There seems no better time of year to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the godfather of Italian food and author of Science …
Tuscany + Beyond

The taste of autumn

by Emiko Davies (issue no. 150/2011 / October 13, 2011)
When autumn rolls around in Tuscany, truffle season is one of the things on every food-lover's mind. For those wanting to get a head start, Volterragusto is just one of the first in a season of wonderful local food festivals dedicated …
Recipes

Fig jam crostata recipe

Falling for Florence, one fig at a time
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 149/2011 / September 29, 2011)
This recipe for crostata is inspired by the smell that came from an invisible bakery near my first home in Florence, on via del Fico. Crostata is one of those pastries that practically every Italian grows up with. You can find …
Tuscany News

A tasty farewell

Extra Virgin's final episode in Cortona
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 148/2011 / September 15, 2011)
This year's Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona had an incredible line-up of cultural events that included Jeremy Irons as Chopin, tangoing to Martha Argerich, and yoga with Trudie Styler. But the other attraction of the festival was the array of foodie events. Tucked away in …
Recipes

For those who love it

Insalata di trippa
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 147/2011 / July 14, 2011)
It is difficult to feel indifferent about tripe: either you love it or you hate it. Consider, after all, that tripe is not one of the prettiest or appetising things you might choose to eat. Trippa usually comes from one of …
Recipes

Whether mother or sister, it's Florentine

Crespelle alla Fiorentina
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 146/2011 / June 30, 2011)
The crêpe, that wafer-thin French cousin to the plump and fluffy American pancake, may actually have its origins in Florence. Completely transformed in a Florentine kitchen, Crespelle alla Fiorentina, Florentine style crêpes,  are made with the same recipe and technique as …
Recipes

Tradition on toast

Fegatini di pollo
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 145/2011 / June 16, 2011)
For me, the one defining Tuscan dish is chicken liver pate served on crostini, also known as crostini di fegatini, crostini toscani or crostini neri. It is rustic, tasty, cheap and sensible (why throw away a perfectly good part of the chicken?), and it is on the …
Recipes

Florence's best-kept secret

Who was the real genius behind gelato?
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 143/2011 / May 19, 2011)
Gelato may just be one of the world's favourite inventions. Sun-soaked memories of eating it as a child are certainly imprinted on practically every Italian's mind. My mother-in-law recalls Sunday afternoon treats, when her father would take her to the local …
Recipes

Caterina's carabaccia

What Florence gave France
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 141/2011 / April 21, 2011)
Italians will always argue that their cuisine is superior to French cuisine. Indeed, they are quite confident that they were the ones who taught the French how to cook. It was, in fact, a Florentine who is thought to have been at the centre …
Insider Florence

In the valley of the masters

Young artists exchange the best of both worlds
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 32/2006 / May 4, 2006)
A lot goes on under the Tuscan sun, especially when the hillside becomes a classroom and the landscape a springboard for young contemporary artists to experiment with regional colour. It has been a few years since Professor Adriano Bimbi first decided to replace …
The Arts

Arte di Ora: the art of now

Biagiotti gallery triggers dormant part of the mind
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 27/2006 / February 23, 2006)
Some people say Florence is stuck in the cinquecento, in other words, the Renaissance. And to be totally honest, they’re right. Florence may be the city that inspired the Renaissance, giving birth to artistic genius unlike any other epoch; and it …
Insider Florence

Where Santa shops in Italy: unique holiday gift ideas,

by Emiko Davies (issue no. 22/2005 / December 15, 2005)
It’s that time of year again, which I am sure more than a few of us have a love-hate relationship with: Christmas. Receiving presents is of course the best bit, but having to get other people’s presents can be stressful and …
Famous Expats

Enamoured expatriates of Florence

Part VI: bernard berenson
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 21/2005 / December 1, 2005)
One of the better known expatriates who made Florence his home, at least in the circle of art historians and American residents, was Bernard Berenson (1865-1959), the eminent art connoisseur and collector, author of Florentine Painters of the Renaissance (1896). But …
Famous Expats

Enamoured expatriates of Florence

Part V: D.H. Lawerence and lady Chatterley's lover
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 17/2005 / October 6, 2005)
DH. Lawrence was a bit of a bad boy. Lady Chatterley’s Loverwas the last and probably the best-known novel by the British writer (1885-1930), but in 1928 when it was published it was considered so scandalous and sexually explicit that the …
Famous Expats

Enamoured expatriates of Florence

Part IV: Paradise of the exiles
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 15/2005 / September 8, 2005)
“Arethusa rose from her couch of snows in the Acroceraunian mountains,” recites Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann in the 1953 film, Roman Holiday. She quotes it as her favourite Keats poem, but the dashing Joe Bradley (played by Gregory Peck) corrects …
Famous Expats

Enamoured expatriates of Florence

Part III: The russian contingent
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 14/2005 / August 4, 2005)
While there has always been a tradition of creative English and American expatriates living in Florence, there was also a small Russian contingent, including the brief stays of the writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) and composer Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Although most of …
Famous Expats

Enamoured expatriates of Florence

Part II: Vernon Lee and John Singer Sargent
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 12/2005 / July 7, 2005)
Late 19th century Florence was filled with English and American expatriates; in fact, 30,000 of the 200,000 residents of Florence were Anglo-Florentines who had adopted the city. There seemed to be a particular lure to Italy for writers and creative intellectuals, …
Famous Expats

Enamoured expatriated of Florence

Part I: The Browings
by Emiko Davies (issue no. 10/2005 / June 23, 2005)
Florence is a city that has spawned many illustrious and famous names, from Dante to Machiavelli to most of the Renaissance artists to Galileo. But more recently, in the last hundred and fifty years or so, Florence’s most famous citizens have …
Insider Florence

The Mannerist Movement

by Emiko Davies (issue no. 8/2005 / June 9, 2005)
Florence may hold the world’s best concentration of Renaissance art, but there is another movement overshadowed by the Renaissance that Florence keeps well hidden. Tucked away in churches around the city are jewels of the Mannerist movement, masterpieces that most people …
Tuscany + Beyond

Lucca,

by Emiko Davies (issue no. 7/2005 / June 2, 2005)
There is nowhere quite like Lucca, the charming, quiet Tuscan town which Henry James described in 1909 as ?overflowing with everything that makes for ease, for plenty, for beauty.? It is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Florence, …

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