Recipes from an Italian Summer Phaidon Press Reading this book makes me wish I were in Italy, where (at least in my mind) the summers are warm but breezy, the scent of basil and Sorrento lemons floats in the air and the tomatoes are always sweet and juicy. Recipes from an Italian Summer doesn't do anything to dispel that vision, and it's probably a bad idea to read it on an empty stomach. The book is a collection of recipes (some of previously published) by Phaidon Press, which has released many of my favourite cookbooks including The Silver Spoon and Breakfast, Lunch, Tea. As with its other books, the editors assume the reader has a certain skill level in the kitchen, and the instructions are brief. Chapters are divided into summer themes, so there are dishes for picnics, barbecues, summer entertaining, and ice creams and drinks. There's the expected caprese di mozzarella di bufala, vitello tonnato and beef carpaccio with radish; as well as lesser-known dishes such as chicory with crab, chicken salad with plum, grilled veal cutlet with grapefruit, squid stuffed with shrimp, sweet and sour rabbit, quails with white grapes, and peaches with summer zabaglione.