I see Italian food as a vast array of comfort food. Between the delectable sauces, the buttery pasta, the olive oil, the garlic, and the cheese, there is nothing not to love. It is the food of those who absolutely love to eat. Italian restaurants are great, of course, but the good ones tend to be more expensive. Wouldn’t it make sense to learn how to cook these dishes yourself? It may seem like an impossible task, but there are some great cookbooks that exist to help you through every step of the process. Below, I have listed five such helpful guides. I encourage you to check them out!
The Silver Spoon Kitchen
This book has come to be known as the ‘bible of authentic Italian home cooking.’ It holds the recipes to every traditional Italian meal imaginable, and even guides its readers through how to set the table for a traditional Italian meal. It has sections devoted to different facets of Italian food, such as appetizers and sauces. If you are looking to get into Italian cooking, this is a great place to begin.
This is an entertaining cookbook with recipes and nonfiction writing intertwined. The author spent a year in Italy, cooking with Italian grandmothers, and out of that experience came funny stories, traditional recipes, and cooking techniques passed down through families. Since the journey was during an entire year, this cookbook features recipes appropriate to every season as well. It is truly a great read, and a wonderful guide.
Viana La Place and Evan Kleiman
Look no further for a cookbook with simple Italian recipes. This is a no-nonsense book for people who just want to make their food and eat it, without all the extra reading. This cookbook focuses more on pasta and risotto dishes, and also houses a number of delicious soup recipes. It is highly recommended to vegetarians, as the recipes can be translated pretty easily.
No Italian cookbook list would be complete without a work by Mario Batali. This one focuses on easier Italian dishes, and features a number of delicious pizza recipes. Trust me, this book is worth it for the pizza recipes alone. Mario Batali brings his experiences in his various restaurants into this cookbook to give readers a guide to simple but drool-worthy Italian eats.
For more Italian cookbook suggestions, check out a list of the top 10 Italian cookbooks on Serious Eats.