Cook the Book: 'Recipes from an Italian Summer'

50312010recipesfromanitaliansummer.jpgSummer in Italy is truly a thing of beauty. Markets overflow gorgeous seasonal produce and the Italians really know how to take advantage of it. Recipes from an Italian Summer is made up of warm-weather recipes culled from The Silver Spoon, perhaps the most comprehensive volume on regional Italian cooking available.

The recipes have been selected based on their summer friendliness, nothing that involves sweating over a hot stove, just simply prepared dishes that make the most of a bounty of beautiful summer produce.

The dishes collected in Recipes from an Italian Summer are taken from popular Italian vacation regions including the beaches of Sicily and Sardinia and the picturesque countrysides of Tuscany and Campania. The book is illustrated with not only mouthwatering photos of the dishes but also photos of the regions where they originate that are enough to make you seriously think about an Italian summer vacation.

Everyday this week we'll be sharing ideas for light summer meals from Recipes from an Italian Summer such as a Farro and Shrimp Salad, Sea Trout stuffed with Almonds and Yogurt, and an intriguing Strawberry Risotto.

Win 'Recipes from an Italian Summer'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Phaidon, we are giving away five (5) copies of Recipes from an Italian Summer this week. All you have to do is tell us about your favorite Italian inspired summer recipe in the comments section below.

Five (5) people will be chosen at random among the eligible comments below. We're sorry, but entry is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Comments will close Monday, June 7 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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