Although Tuscany and other regions of northern Italy have become the fashionable food areas that food writers have explored in recent years, southern Italy has been mostly ignored (with the exception of Arthur Schwartz's seminal Naples at Table).

20070730ctb-cucinadelsole.jpgUntil now. Cucina del Sole ("food of the sun") is writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins's effort to rectify that—an exhaustively researched, mouthwateringly detailed journey into the land and the sea and the heart and soul of southern Italian eating and cooking.

For modern American cooks and diners, la cucina del sole is the kind of food we want to eat right now—the bold simplicity of easy, straightforward techniques and natural ingredients smartly combined.

Thanks to the good folks at William Morrow, we are giving away ten copies of Cucina Del Sole. To enter the drawing, tell us what your favorite southern Italian dish is. Ten (10) winners will be chosen at random from the comments here. Comments will be open until 9 p.m. ET Friday, August 3. The usual Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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