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“Valeria writes with such heart about regional home cooking and the kind of food values that allow for both tradition and change. Veneto is as simple as it is inspirational. I look forward to cooking from this beautiful cookbook.”

Alice Waters, Chef, Author & Founder of Chez Panisse

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Recipes from an Italian Country Kitchen

Writer, cook and photographer Valeria Necchio shares the food and flavors at the heart of her homeland. Veneto includes lovingly written recipes that capture the spirit of this beautiful and often unexplored part of North Eastern Italy, plus Valeria’s memories of the people and places that marked her upbringing and that make this region – and this book – so special.

The recipes – 100 in total – are packed with fresh ingredients and lively flavours inspired by the Venetian culinary repertoire. You will find a wide range of both traditional and modern dishes, from cicchetti to risotti, and from fish to sides, passing through a selection of Venetian sweet treats, and seasonal sweet and savoury preserves.

Stories, anecdotes and bright photographs of food and landscapes – shot by the author herself – make this unique book suited to sit on a kitchen shelf as much as on display on a coffee table.

Written & photographed by Valeria Necchio. Edited by Laura Hassan and Katherine Ailes at Faber & Faber. Designed by Anna Green at Siulen Design. Published by Guardian Faber.

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praise for Veneto

“A fabulous addition to the regional cookbook section of your shelf […], this beautifully written and photographed book gives you the opportunity to zero in on a lesser-known area: Veneto – not the city of Venice, but the countryside village in Northeastern Italy where the author Valeria Necchio grew up.”

Martha Stewart Living

“Charming family stories are woven into each recipe, and Valeria’s evocative writing means you feel like you’re right there with her.”

–  Jamie Magazine


“Lavish introductions and beautiful color photography…. Necchio’s first cookbook is a leisurely word-stroll through the events, people, smells, and tastes that formed her cuisine character. ”

Booklist (Starred Review)


“Necchio writes in lovely elegiac prose about her small hometown […], and the recipes themselves are clear and appealing, no matter from which time in the author’s life they originate.” 

Publishers Weekly

“Valeria lets you in on the region’s secrets and there is a beauty and sincerity to her writing that is quite rare. Refreshingly real and full of simple everyday pleasures that we can all share.”

Rachel Roddy, Author of Five Quarters and Two Kitchens

“Veneto celebrates an unsung part of Italy’s vast food culture with a peek into generations-old family recipes and the right combination of old favourites and new flavours, all documented beautifully in photographs and words that take you right beside the writer to the Venetian countryside.”

Emiko Davies, Author of Florentine and Acquacotta