Compiled by Victoria Chase
Stories of Southern Italy – This hardcover collection of stories brings to life the magnificent southern regions of Italy, from Naples to Sicily, as seen through the eyes of literary greats from Ovid and Virgil to Elsa Morante and Elena Ferrante. Ella Carr—Stories of Southern Italy— hardcover, 400 pages, Everyman’s Library
The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories – After a one-week trip to Florence in 1994, Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri became infatuated with the Italian language, eventually reading exclusively in Italian in preparation for a move to Rome in 2012. This collection brings together 40 writers representing a cross-section of Italian society who informed her love of the language; more than half of the stories have been translated into English for the first time. Jhumpa Lahiri (editor)— The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories—hardcover, 528 pages, Penguin Classics
Friuli Food and Wine: Frasca Cooking from Northern Italy’s Mountains, Vineyards, and Seaside – This collection of 80 recipes with wine pairings focuses on a unique region of Italy that bridges the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. Bobby Stuckey, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson & Meredith Erickson—Friuli Food and Wine: Frasca Cooking from Northern Italy’s Mountains, Vineyards, and Seaside—hardcover, 272 pages, Ten Speed Press.
Vine: The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine – Acclaimed Italian wine expert, sommelier, winemaker, and restaurateur, Joe Campanale went on an epic quest through Italy’s 20 wine regions to produce a comprehensive, transportive, and educational guide to contemporary Italian wine. Joe Campanale & Joshua David Stein—Vine: The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine—hardcover, 320 pages, Clarkson Potter.
Pasta: The Spirit and Craft of Italy’s Greatest Food, with Recipes – Missy Robbins, one of New York City’s premier pasta chefs, who has been cooking and researching Italian food for two decades, shares recipes for 40 handmade pasta shapes and 100 Italian American, regional Italian, and modern dishes. Missy Robbins & Talia Baiocchi—Pasta: The Spirit and Craft of Italy’s Greatest Food, with Recipes—hardcover, 416 pages, Ten Speed Press.
La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World – New York Times bestselling author Dianne Hales highlights our enduring love affair with Italy and Italian culture, from literature to art, music to movies. Dianna Hales—La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World—hardcover, 320 pages, Crown Archetype.
Ferrari XXL – For the most fervent Ferrari enthusiast, this massive $6,000 limited-edition tome holds hundreds of photographs from the Ferrari Archives and private collectors. It comes enclosed in an aluminum display case designed by Marc Newson. Giuseppe (Pino) Allievi— Ferrari XXL—leather cover, 514 pages, TASCHEN (taschen.com)
Italian Chic – Native Italians Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla take readers on an off-the-beaten-path tour of their home country that’s on point with the quintessential details that define timeless Italian style. Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla—Italian Chic—hardcover, 264 pages, Assouline (assouline.com).
The Renaissance Cities: Art in Florence, Rome and Venice – A vividly illustrated and definitive exploration of how and why the Renaissance flourished in Italy for two centuries. Norbert Wolf—The Renaissance Cities: Art in Florence, Rome and Venice—hardcover, 272 pages, Prestel