Welcome!

I am an Australian/Japanese cookbook author, photographer and food/travel writer based in Tuscany with my Tuscan husband, Marco Lami, who is a sommelier and has been pouring great wines in fine dining restaurants for a decade. I have published four cookbooks (the fifth, Cinnamon & Salt: Cicchetti in Venice, is on its way in April 2022) and yes, we do spend a lot of time cooking, eating and drinking wine, we have done ever since we met and fell in love 16 years ago in Florence.

Here, I share my food and travel recommendations around Italy, snippets of life in Tuscany with two small kids, new and old favourite wines we’re drinking, seasonal recipes we love, cookbook chat, discussions on things that are meaningful to us such as sustainability in food and why finding joy (not fear) in food is so important especially for our children, plus links that keep us going.

Like what you see on my blog and everything that I share on Instagram, this is a free newsletter, full of insights and links and ramblings that don’t fit on Instagram (I have trouble keeping to word counts). This is also the first place I announce news such as workshops and seasonal gift boxes and other things you may want to be first to hear about, but I now have also an optional biweekly paid subscription where you can find extra content as well, which might vary from very special recommendations and full guides, to interviews with interesting producers, special discounts on virtual events and more.

I hope you may consider being a supporter of my writing for 5 euro a month (50 euro annually), it’s the price of a glass of prosecco at our favourite wine bar in Florence, which I hope one day we could even do in person. This support helps me continue bringing you recipes, images and thoughts from Italy, and just being a food writer in general (because to be perfectly honest writing cookbooks does not adequately do that) while juggling a young family. Thank you.

I’m very excited about this newsletter and I hope you will be too, I have so much more to share with you, so please stay tuned.

“Two reasons why I love Emiko Davies’ cookbooks above all others: First, the recipes convey an immediate doability – you have all or most ingredients on hand, and the spirit of the dish is communicated in such an easy, intimate manner that you waste no time deciphering or adapting, you just dive in. But the second reason is even better: such good, satisfying, literary writing! Yes, many cookbooks come with sprightly notes and meditative essays tucked between the recipes, but this is writing that could function on its own, if it wanted to. The cookbooks are books in their own right, they are complete immersive experiences. You are transported with all of your senses. In times like these, that makes all the difference.”

— Deborah Feldman, author

Looking forward to writing for you from my kitchen in Tuscany.

Emiko x