“The brilliant “An Appetite for…” series of books were a revelation to me when I first discovered them.  Not only do the books have recipes that ‘work’, but they get to the heart of the dish through the people who created them.  They are unique in a world of formulaic cookbooks.  I only wish every region in Italy had “An Appetite for…” book.”

Sam Harris, chef and former proprietor Zucca, Bermondsey, London

“A great series which takes you to the heart of a region’s food through amazing producers and chefs.  I used An Appetite for Puglia to eat my way around Puglia and it made my trip.”

Jane Baxter, Wild Artichokes, Devon


“For dishes inspired by Milan and the surrounding region of Lombardy, Henry Dimbleby and Jane Baxter recommend Christine Smallwood’s new book, An Appetite for Lombardy.”

Guardian Cook

“When it comes to Italian food and wine, it is the breadth and depth of regional variety that attracts us, and this is what Christine explores in the book. It is part travel journal and part recipe book, but that alone would be selling it short, as it is her personal approach and obvious respect for the producers and chefs that she meets that makes this such a fascinating and informative read. Her enthusiasm for people and places is infectious; she carries you along with her narrative, illustrated neatly by portraits of chefs at their work, atmospheric interiors and evocative landscapes – and above all, food and wine.”

Italia! Magazine


“a triumph”

Sunday Times Travel

“I love Christine Smallwood’s An Appetite for Puglia – a perfect combination of local recipes and travel guide to little places you might otherwise never find, with lovely pictures.”

Observer Food Monthly

“… this delightful new series will be a real treat… they make fascinating reading for both the travel enthusiast and the keen cook… Almost as good as a holiday itself, this is a must for fans of real Italian food.”


“… a fabulous book, full of interesting characters and great recipes… fascinating stories about the local people… wonderful photography and compelling insights into this region… Anyone who loves food will love this book, as will the armchair traveller, keen to know more about the cultures and peculiarities of this southern region… This is a must-have for any fan of Italian food.”

Italian magazine

“… Smallwood’s latest book is a delightful read… An absolute must for those planning to visit the region.”


“… summarizing the region’s gastronomy in a culinary journey through the heel, An Appetite for Puglia makes the people and places the stars of the adventure.  Stunning photography offers a visual insight into the region…”


“a feast for the senses”

real travel


“This book makes me want to be sitting in my favourite Umbrian restaurants right now.”

Alastair Little

“What an amazing book that picture-perfectly describes in every photo and recipe the beauty that Umbria has to offer.”

Michael Coon, The Culinary Institute of America

“Christine Smallwood’s excellent book An Appetite for Umbria is an absolute must for any gourmet planning to visit the region. A winning combination of prose, food and local recipes, this book will treat you to a true taste of Umbria.”

Germaine Stafford, Italy Magazine

“Utterly charming, always entertaining and often very revealing, An Appetite for Umbria’s unique approach provides a perfect snapshot of one of Italy’s best-loved and most intriguing territories.”

Fred Dutton, The Italian Magazine

“… an invaluable companion for enamoured “Umbriasts”…

Taste Italia