Just finished spending some time with Gennaro and his lovely family working on his new cookbook. He’s got the most amazing garden with an outdoor kitchen and a huge pizza oven. First day he made an incredible sourdough bread and we had a slice of it, toasted in the infamous pizza oven, with garlic and cherry tomatoes for breakfast, very yummy. Met his sister who had come all the way from Amalfi to help prepare the food for the shots who looked after us really well. His wife Liz and their two cute daughters were all helping too, the girls really loved having their picture taken, two models in the making. I think I am a few pounds heavier eating all the lovingly prepared, home cooked italian food for five days in a row. Got some good tips from Gennaro, for example when you cook pasta, undercook it for approx. 3 minutes and then finish cooking it in the sauce you prepared for the pasta as it will soak up all the juices and the taste from the sauce. Towards the end of the day we got our mutts on all the food that we photographed earlier and it was a feast, every day! The tagliatelle with hot smoked trout were out of this world.

Nicky, Emma and Jo from headline publishers were great to work with and were constantly coming up with new ideas. Also met a friend of Gennaro, Felippo, whose family run their own B&B in Minori (on the Amalfi coast in Italy) called Orto Paradiso. Looks like a beautiful place, check it out at the link here.