I came to Italy to study several years ago and ended up staying after I fell in love and married an Italian... that's the best way to come and live in Italy, if you ask me !
Since we've been married, I have the need to learn not just how to cook in general, but how to cook the dishes my husband loves. Being a true Florentine, he believes there some dishes which can only be prepared a certain way. There are dishes that are a specialty of Tuscany, such as the tasty ribollita or the quite rare bistecca Fiorentina (Florentine steak). My husband loves bistecca but I generally let my mother in law cook that!
As I began to learn Tuscan dishes and spend more time in the kitchen, I started appreciating the art of cooking and now enjoy looking for new recipes to try out. I am sure there are other people out there who also like to search for new ideas and thus thought that I should share this particular region's recipes. I hope you will try them out and recreate the magic of Tuscany in your kitchen.
This site includes recipes which have been in my husband's family for years, as well as recipes I have found on the Internet and books on regional cooking. If you have a recipe from Tuscany that you would like to share with the other visitors to this site, please send it to me and I will add it to the collection.
If you try out any of the recipes, let me know how it went. I'd also appreciate any feedback or suggestions on how this site can be improved.
Hope you enjoy Zuppa Toscana!