Summer Lemons to Autumn Truffles   
We may be turning the page to September,
but here on the Amalfi Coast it's summer in high season
with temperatures to match
Table Talk
We may be turning the page to September, but here on the Amalfi Coast it's summer in high season with temperatures to match. Yachts, boats and floats crisscross in the port returning from a day at sea , sailing to Capri or stopping for those who want to take a dip in the cerulean waters.  Although the August beach crowds have waned, food-loving visitors are slicing and dicing and cooking their way along the Amalfi Coast.
Meanwhile, our chefs in Tuscany are preparing for our November road trip:   Food Trails & Truffles in Tuscany & Bologna, November 4 to 11 Rino and I will lead a small group of like-minded food lovers through the precious vineyards of Tuscany, to the ancient cities of Siena and San Gimignano and on to the food halls of Bologna. We'll tour the fields of Emilia Romagna, cross rolling hills and green landscapes, truffle hunt, then lunch on the truffles we've found at a Michelin star restaurant.  We'll also visit Chef Dario Cecchini's butcher shop and restaurant for a food tour and cooking class with Tuscan wine.  Another highlight is a visit to one of Italy's oldest chocolate shops in Emilia Romagna with tastings along the way. 
We invite you to pack your bags, and don't forget your aprons for an incredible experience touring, cooking, dining while swirling and sipping fabulous wine.  Please note, there are just a couple spaces left.
Happy Cooking~

What's Cooking
Vacation Like a Roman Emperor
Positano & Capri
Even though we are heading into September, a gorgeous month in Italy, we want to remind you that 2018 is already filling up ~ especially Positano and Capri.  

If you are planning to vacation like Roman Emperor Giulio Cesare Ottaviano Augusto, who loved Capri so much he traded it for the island of Ischia in 29AD, or Tiberius Claudius Nero, who followed him and ruled the world from Villa Jovis on Capri's high point, let us know and we'll pencil in your dates for 2018 (we also offer payment plans).
Vacation like the Roman Emperors who set the travel trends over two thousand years ago, but make sure you book early whether you reserve with Cooking Vacations or on your own.   The Amalfi Coast, Capri and Positano are Italy's most popular vacation spots, operating at 100% occupancy rate.     

Positano & Capri 2018  
Villa Azzurra ~ Lemon Lifestyles 
Secret Garden™ Positano  

Cooking & Walk Of The Gods

Cooking & Fitness On The Amalfi Coast~Positano
Cooking On Capri

Happy Cookers
At Cooking Vacations 

Recipes From Our Kitchen
From the Amalfi Coast 
to Tuscany & Emilia Romagna
Antipasto Caprese
Verdura Fritta in Pastella
Fried Battered Vegetables


Primo Positanese
Fresine Con Pesce Azzurro Al Limone
Pasta With Blue Fish & Lemon


Secondo Positanese
Tortino Di Alici
Baked Small Blue Fish


Dolce Positanese

Amalfi Coast Biscotti
Almond & Lemon Cookies

Tuscan & Emilia Romagna Recipes
Antipasto Bolognese
Porcini Croccanti in Zuppa di Borlotti al Rosmarino
Borlotti Bean Soup with Rosemary & Crispy Porcini Mushrooms  


Primo Toscano 
Gli Gnudi  
Naked Ravioli

Secondo Toscano
Filetto Di Vitellone Alla Chiantigiana
Beef Fillets with Chianti Wine Sauce & Rosemary Potatoes

Pair with
Chianti Classico

Dolce Toscano
Torta Di Mele
Apple Cake


With Love From Italy

Loving Lemons    

Sfusato lemons, the precious oval citruses that grow along the Amalfi Coast, are the key ingredient in Valentino and Mario's organic limoncello, marmalades, and gluten-free fruit bites. Now with 2 locations, Praiano and Positano, guests not only visit the shop, but can taste the products. They ship world-wide with their products now available at the duty free Naples airport.  
Learn more at 
Truffle Tool     
Every truffle hunter needs a truffle shaver to add their precious truffles to their favorite recipes. The stainless steel blade and sturdy, rosewood handle helps create delicate shavings worthy of a professional chef. Available online in the United States.  
Learn more at 

Sea Salt & Truffles
White truffles steeped in Grey Guérande sea salt add a hint of savory flavor to your cooking. A sprinkle of truffles and sea salt is the perfect addition to your Northern Italian cooking; just a pinch will bring out the flavors of the fall season!  
Learn more at 

Italy On A Plate
Flavors Of The Season 
By Germaine Stafford 
Germaine continues her roundup of what's happening in the culinary world in Italy and gives you her chef of the month, book recommendation, and a list of seasonal foods for late summer & early fall.
What's In Season?  
Sea Bream
John Dory
Wild fennel
Red currants
Black currants

Dining in Bologna
Il Rovescio


This slow-food restaurant comes to you from the heart of Bologna with seasonal menus and their own bio selection of wines. Even vegans will be happy here, as their menus cater to those who value farm-to-table selections and dietary restrictions. Like us here at Cooking Vacations, Il Rovescio uses the freshest ingredients of the season, harvested locally and concocted into beautiful dishes of art. Of special note is the Pizza Bio, featuring sheeps's milk ricotta and buffalo mozzarella, homemade organic sausage, zucchini, and more exotic flavors such as chopped hazelnuts and rosemary essential oil. Reservations can be made by phone, but walk-ins are welcome.

Il Rovescio 
Via Pietralata, 75, 40122 Bologna
Reservations ~ 051. 553272 ~ Open for Dinner
Osteria Reservations ~ 051. 523545 ~ Open for Lunch & Dinner
Book Corner  
Taming the Truffle: History, Lore and Science of the Ultimate Mushroom

By Ian R. Hall, Gordon T. Brown and Alessandra Zambonellis
Hall, Brown and Zambonelli combine history, lore and science as they present suggested cultivation techniques and attempts at sustainable practices for one of the world's favorite delicacies.

The pages are filled with truffle photographs, revealing the forests where they are found and the elusive history that makes this delicacy so coveted around the world. The authors' account is both humorous and informative, revealing the ever-dwindling resources needed to maintain the future of the Truffle. Perfect for culinary students, current chefs and mushroom cultivators.
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