Limoncello and Linen Water by Tessa Kiros

A trousseau of Italian recipes

By Laura McKinnon
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Limoncello and Linen Water - by Tessa Kiros

Limoncello and Linen Water - by Tessa Kiros


We'd all love to go to Italy on a gastronomic holiday, I'm sure, but maybe not right now. So the next best thing may be some armchair culinary travelling.

In Limoncello and Linen Water, the hugely successful European cookbook author Tessa Kiros celebrates the country which she has chosen to call home. After titles about Greece, Scandinavia, Venice and children's food,  this book celebrates the heritage of Italy – specifically Tuscany – in a very feminine way and pays tribute to mothers, mothers-in-law and grandmothers and the important lessons learnt from them.

Limoncello and Linen Water consists of a hundred ‘tried and tested recipes’ and household tips. The latter are fairly minimal, however, and are largely to do with storing linen and improving its aroma. Although these tip ‘recipes’ are useful, they make up only a small portion of the book and it is the cooking recipes that are the main feature.

These are covered under the categories of The Pantry, The Bread Oven, The Snack Box, The Vegetable Patch, The Pasta Pot, The Dining Room, The Sugar Bin and The Ice Box. For an Italian cooking enthusiast this book is certainly a treasury and will give you plenty of mouth-watering ideas to try and test.

Limoncello and Linen Water covers the basics from flavouring salt, preserving and jams through to the more indulgent recipes like Gianduia Ice Cream Mattone with whipped cream (a chocolate brick of ice cream). The classics are also covered; pizza, spaghetti, pancetta, meatballs and bruschetta all feature plus many more.

Limoncello and Linen Water is beautifully presented. One of its main features is the huge array of photographs, evoking the scenes and feel of a more intimate look at Tuscany than many others reveal. It's armchair travel, but behind doors normally closed to visitors.

It would certainly make an excellent gift for those who pursue an interest in Italian cooking and like the feminine touch, and is likely to become a well-loved family heirloom. It offers good food photography and a fair number of the recipes are accompanied by images.

There is also room to scribble down alterations and preferences on most recipes. However one criticism voiced by several of us it is the grey typeface – it's hard enough to follow a recipe when the pressure's on in the kitchen without adding eyestrain to the mix.

However if you like cooking or eating Italian food Limoncello and Linen Water is certainly worth a look – and would make an excellent gift for that aspiring Italian chef. Overall it is a comprehensive, useful and pretty cookbook that will have you reminiscing over times in Tuscany, or hankering after a visit very soon.


Limoncello and Linen Water  written by Tessa Kiros is published in Australia by Murdoch Books (Sydney, 2012; hc, 336 pp) RRP A$59.99

Subscribers of and Winepros Archive can purchase Limoncello and Linen Water at 12.5% discount via our book partners Seekbooks (postage extra).

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