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Two Kitchens

120 Family Recipes from Sicily and Rome
  • Author
    • Rachel Roddy
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'YOU'LL WANT TO COOK IT ALL' - Evening Standard

'Rachel Roddy's writing is as absorbing as any novel. Her prose is so elegant and her story-telling so compelling that I almost forgot I was reading a cookbook.' - Russell Norman, Polpo


From the award-winning weekly Guardian Cook columnist and winner of the André Simon and Guild of Food Writers' Awards comes an Italian food book of sumptuous recipes, flavours and stories from Sicily and Rome.

For the last twelve years, food-writer, cook and photographer Rachel Roddy has immersed herself in the culture of Roman cooking, but it was the flavours of the south that she and her Sicilian partner, Vincenzo, often craved. Eventually the chance arose to spend more time at his old family house in south-east Sicily, where Rachel embraced the country's traditional recipes and the stories behind them.

In Two Kitchens Rachel celebrates the food and flavours of Rome and Sicily and shares over 120 of these simple, everyday dishes from her two distant but connected kitchens. From tomato and salted ricotta salad, caponata and baked Sicilian pasta to lemon crumble, honeyed peaches and almond and chocolate cake, they are the authentic Italian recipes that you will want to cook again and again until you've made them your own.

'This is a recipe book that reflects the way I cook and eat: uncomplicated, direct and adaptable Italian family food that reflects the season. The two kitchens of the title are my kitchens in Rome and Sicily. In a sense, though, we could have called the book "many kitchens" as I invite you to make these recipes your own.' Rachel Roddy

Two Kitchens chapters:

Vegetables and Herbs - Tomatoes; Aubergines; Peas; Broad Beans; Cauliflower; Potatoes; Onions; Herbs

Fruit and Nuts - Lemons; Peaches; Oranges; Grapes and Figs; Almonds

Meat, Fish and Dairy - Beef and pork; Chicken; White fish; Fresh anchovies and sardines; Eggs; Ricotta

Storecupboard - Chickpeas; Lentils; Preserved anchovies; Flour; Bread

Rachel's first book, Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome, won the André Simon Food Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers' First Book Award in 2015.
  • Published: Jul 13 2017
  • Pages: 384
  • 244 x 180mm
  • ISBN: 9781472248411
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Press Reviews

  • Simon Hopkinson
    Rachel Roddy describing how to boil potatoes would inspire me. I want to live under her kitchen table. There are very, very few who possess such a supremely uncluttered culinary voice as hers, just now.
  • Evening Standard
    Her writing is elegant and her recipes tempting - the perfect combination.
  • Russell Norman, Polpo
    Rachel Roddy's writing is as absorbing as any novel. Her prose is so elegant and her story-telling so compelling that I almost forgot I was reading a cookbook.
  • Nancy Harmon Jenkins

    The Art of Eating
    Roddy's writing often reminds me of a more generous, more evocative Elizabeth David.
  • Jill Norman

    Rachel Roddy brings the warm flavours of the south into our northern kitchens. Her dishes from Sicily and Rome are linked by family stories, and both place and food are beautifully photographed. I shall cook from this book with pleasure.
  • Anna Del Conte

    This very entertaining book is a perfect marriage of the personal with the practical. Rachel has the ability of combining intimate reminiscences with excellent recipes. If you want to know anything about the food of Rome or Sicily, this is the book for you.
  • Evening Standard
    Rachel Roddy's first book, Five Quarters, became the kind of read that cookbook lovers and foodies urge each other to buy. Her new book is full of recipes further expanding on the idea of Five Quarters, that no two Italian dishes are the same.
  • The Foodie Bugle
    Such a talented storyteller and skilled cook.
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  • Eat Your Books Blog
    Two Kitchens: Family Recipes from Sicily and Rome by Rachel Roddy, the award-winning Guardian Cook columnist and winner of the Andre Simon and Guild of Food Writers', delivers a glorious book highlighting the food that comes from her two kitchens in Sicily and Rome. Rachel's first title Five Quarters is on my bookshelf and I cannot wait to have this title join it. I had the privilege of reviewing the electronic version and it is spectacular - Rachel's beautiful writing, stunning photographs and scrumptious recipes makes this title a must have.
  • Chilterns Bookshelf Magazine
    Guardian columnist and Rome-resident Rachel Roddy is one of the current most popular voices in food writing, with her debut book Five Quarters winning her the André Simon Food Book Award. In this, her second title, Rachel shares over 120 traditional Italian recipes, with their inspiration coming from both her own Roman kitchen alongside the one of her Sicilian partner Vincenzo. With writing as gorgeous as the recipes it sits alongside, this is a book to treasure and one to which you'll often return.
  • The Week - Best Cookbooks of 2017
    Rachel Roddy's 2015 debut, Five Quarters, remains a delightful read, quite apart from the recipes. It tells the story of the author's move from London to Rome, and the resultant change in her relationship with food. In Two Kitchens, she relates the next stage of her Italian education: an exploration of the culinary culture of Sicily, where her partner was born. The flavours are fresh and summery - chicken balls with lemon and ricotta, for example - and much time is devoted to vegetables and other side-dishes. As in Five Quarters, Roddy's warmth, humour and love of Italian ingredients shines through the prose.
  • Jamie Magazine
    Expect simple dishes with Italy's bountiful ingredients at their core, from honeyed peaches to Sicilian pasta, as well as plenty of Rachel's beautifully evocative writing.
  • India Knight

    Sunday Times
    Buy Rachel Roddy's brilliant Italian-Sicilian cookbook, Two Kitchens.
  • Victoria Moore

    Daily Telegraph
    She had me at griddled aubergine left overnight in a deep pool of olive oil with chilli and garlic.
  • Herald
    It is a book full of lip-smacking recipes and, in the margins, a vision of a lifestyle to envy.
  • Melanie McDonagh

    Evening Standard, Best Cookbooks for summer 2017
    Best of all is Rachel Roddy's Two Kitchens, a wonderful account of the cooking of Sicily and Rome by an English writer who lives in Rome with a Sicilian husband. This is cooking that's grounded in the place but with the appreciation of someone who comes to a rich tradition from outside. It's a fine selection of recipes, written in the most engaging way.
  • Crumbs Magazine - Book of the Month
    This charming book is a classic in the making.
  • Delicious Magazine - This Year's Best Book Gifts for Food Lovers
    A beautiful read.
  • Spectator
    For enchantingly fragrant, earthy food from below Italy's tomato line there's Rachel Roddy's Two Kitchens. Roddy has lived in both places, discovered a great variety of dishes and writes about them with joy and know-how. I'd like large helpings of her chicken with citrus and olives after a starter of pasta with cauliflower, anchovies, saffron, pinenuts and raisins.
  • Culture Whisper
    The prose is gorgeous and mouthwatering.
  • Evening Standard
    You'll want to cook it all.
  • Guardian
    [Two Kitchens] is a testament to a life lived well between Rome and Sicily, delving into deep-rooted culinary traditions and discovering ways to improvise new ones