Mark Hix on Anna Del Conte
Although I probably have about 2,500 cookbooks in my collection, I don’t really read them that often. I’ll pluck one off my shelves occasionally. There are a few proper reference tomes, though, that I do go back to: Roger Phillips’ books – Mushrooms and Wild Food are two. Another is Anna del Conte’s Gastronomy of Italy.
I’ve always been a fan of Anna’s. I got my first copy of Gastronomy of Italy about 20 years ago; I think I found it secondhand. I’ve since bought another. Anna’s writing is excellent, classic Italian cuisine, accurate and authentic. This book in particular is so good – both on ingredients and dishes. Anna’s an authority. I will often refer to her when I’m writing, to double-check what I’m doing is authentic.
Italian food influences all sorts