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What a joy to be able to see the seasons unfold day by day, forming a rich mosaic of life on the farm, where respect for the land and a passion for food and family are a way of life. You will feel instantly transported and inspired by the beauty and irresistible charm of Fattoria Poggio Alloro. --Mary Martini, Director, Central Market Cooking School

The text is delightful - I can hear Sarah's voice loud and clear and the photography is a marvelous mix of intimate family moments and glamor food shots: I feel like I am sitting at the table with my fork poised to dig in! Buon appetito hardly says it. --Ethne Clarke, Editor in Chief, Organic Gardening

The text is delightful - I can hear Sarah's voice loud and clear and the photography is a marvelous mix of intimate family moments and glamor food shots: I feel like I am sitting at the table with my fork poised to dig in! Buon appetito hardly says it. --Ethne Clarke, Editor in Chief, Organic Gardening

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In A Family Farm in Tuscany, Sarah Fioroni, chef, cooking instructor, sommelier, and manager of her family's organic farm near historic San Gimignano, shares stories of family traditions and daily life at Fattoria Poggio Alloro. After moving to the farm in 1955 to work as sharecroppers, the Fioronis later purchased the farm through their hard work and dedication to the land. They transformed the property into a model of integrated, sustainable agriculture that has been visited by government officials from all over the world and featured in numerous publications, including Organic Gardening magazine.

Three generations of Fioronis continue to work the land using age-old practices, growing a bounty of fruits, vegetables, and cereal crops, such as wheat for pasta, olives for extra-virgin olive oil, and grapes for their award-winning wines. They also keep bees, produce saffron, and raise chickens, Chianina cattle, the prized traditional Tuscan breed, and pigs, the basis of homemade prosciuttos and salamis.

In addition to her engaging anecdotes that reveal how life at Poggio Alloro changes from month to month, Sarah shares more than fifty traditional Tuscan recipes that are prepared daily in the kitchen using the farm's seasonal ingredients from hearty winter dishes to salads and risottos featuring garden vegetables to holiday breads and desserts.

The farm is also a popular agriturismo destination, giving visitors an opportunity to stay overnight, participate in various farming activities, and revel in the tastes of freshly prepared food and artisanal farm products, all in a relaxing, scenic environment that is captured by the book's hundreds of color photographs.

Open the pages of this book and visit Poggio Alloro from your favorite chair, then prepare the recipes and experience the taste of Tuscany in your own home.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Shearer Publishing; First edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940672839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940672833
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In our vacation visit to Italy we made the decision to include three days at Fattoria Poggio Alloro. It was not only a good choice but turned out to be our favorite experience of our vacation. I got to take a cooking class from Sarah and still make her homemade pasta and sauce. The cookbook is so beautiful and the stories were such a great surprise adding the history of this amazing farming family. I treasure this cookbook and recommend it for it's wonderful recipes. I also recommend a visit to their family farm. Thank you Sarah!
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About 6 months ago we booked three nights at Fattoria Poggio Alloro for an upcoming family trip to Italy (only one week away as I write this!). At the time we heard something about an upcoming cook book, and a while ago I pre-ordered this book on Amazon.

First, this book is GORGEOUS! Wonderful pictures, well designed, well made. It is a credit to both Sarah and the publishers.

This book is, however, MUCH more than a mere cookbook. Both my wife and I commented that it was more like listening to a friend tell us about the interesting things that happened that day, or recalling events from years ago. She tells us about the work on the farm, stories about her childhood, as well as humorous events involving family and friends.

Though we haven't been to Tuscany quite yet, I have to believe that this book absolutely captures the soul of that region. Reading this book has certainly increased our anticipation for our visit to their farm and the Tuscan countryside. I imagine that anyone that has been to that area would love this book; reading it would be like a visit back to Tuscany.
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When I ordered the book, I did it not because I needed another cookbook, but solely because I had met Sarah on a couple of her trips to the U.S. and had stayed overnight at her farm in Tuscany. I am so glad I purchased it. I have not been able to put it down. Anyone who is interested in Tuscany culture and food will find the book highly entertaining. It is beautifully and simply written to hold your interest as well as informative. This is the way all cookbooks should be written, to immerse you into the culture. I had three house guests when the book arrived and we have passed it around all weekend. Two of them had never been to Italy. I highly recommend.
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This book is created by my good friend Sarah Fioroni, owner of Fattoria Poggio Alloro and Author of this unique story of how this agro-tourismo-farm came to be and the Tuscan recipies handed down through the years plus some Sarah has created her self.. Not only does she own the farm with her Dad Amico and his three Brothers, Sarah is a Chef, a Sommelier, a Vintner, produces the finest quality Cold Pressed Virgin Olive Oil in the region, has honey bees and runs a farm with Chianian cattle butchered fresh every saturday for Tuscany's famous Steak Florentine. She also runs a 15 suite B&B and hosts guests from all over the world. The Photography is amazing by famous photographer Emiko Davies. Just 1 1/2 hr from Florence and 2 km from San Gimignano. See you there, but until then get this book!
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We purchased the book in advance of our visit to Fattoria Poggio Alloro. It is a BEAUTIFUL farm, and learning to make pasta with Sarah (and Sara, who helped my daughter) was one of the highlights of our Adventures by Disney tour. In fact, we ended up buying another book (a hardcover) for Sarah to autograph to our daughter, so she can one day have it as a keepsake. Beautiful country, farm, family and staff, and AMAZING food... the cookbook will have to hold us over until our next visit. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your story and "work" with us.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Sarah's storytelling of her family's daily routine and special, seasonal happenings on their organic farm in Tuscany. Easy, fast reading and filled with personal anecdotes, the recipes are also quite delicious and easy to follow. I've made two and both were a hit at dinner parties. The photos really add to the experience of learning traditional Italian food-growing, meal preparation and food heritage.
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This turns out to be an incredible story about her family on the farm in Tuscany. The first 100 pages is fabuloso with beautiful photos. As I am of Italian decent, I can say the recipes bring me back to my childhood, and it is no surprise that this is way I love to cook. I am so happy to have this book, and hope to stop by the farm in May on my next visit to Italy . Remember, this is the way we used to eat, and should be the only way we eat, close to home, not groceries from who knows where, ei eggs that are a month old, etc.
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I was fortunate enough to have met Sarah at the Italian Life Expo in Portland, ME last summer. She was there selling some of the products from her farm. It was a pleasure meeting her and her cousin Marco. When I heard she was writing a book, there was no question in my mind I was going to purchase a copy. I attended a book signing in Bath, ME The book turned out to be much more than a cookbook. There are many recipes and beautiful photographs of food, family, and farm life. She writes as if she's with you recounting her family stories and drawing you in making you wish you were actually there. She makes me miss Italy and yearn to be back for more. I have visited Italy 4 times in the past 4 years traveling to Sicily, Tuscany, Levico in northern Italy and Rome but never to Sarah's family farm. I hope during my next visit to make it there. I was also impressed by all her accomplishments that I was unaware of until I read about them in her book. When you read her book you will know what an endearing person she is. I would recommend this book whether or not you have ever been to Tuscany. If you haven't, it will surely make you want to plan your next trip there. Sarah's recipes are classic to the region and her instructions are easy to follow. The photographs are plentiful and beautiful. If you love Italian food, this book is a must for you. From her family to yours, Sarah's book introduces you to her family farm in Tuscany!
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