Italian Local celebrates the joys of Italian cooking and local produce. Tobie Puttock gathers together 100 of his favourite Italian-inspired recipes, and shows us how to achieve authentic Italian flavours wherever we live. Convinced that 'cooking and eating should be about nurturing the soul as well as the body', Tobie argues for the purchase and use of the best available produce. He shows us why organic is nearly always better and why eating seasonally is the way to go. He introduces us to growers whose respect for the cycles of nature is inspirational, and to suppliers whose enthusiasm for that particular brand of cheese or type of mushroom will have you rushing to your local market. Because Tobie's approach is so produce-driven, his recipes are wonders of creation and innovation. Often, he sticks to the script of a great Italian classic such as Risotto Milanese. At other times, he improvises according to the availability of particular ingredients, resulting in some inspiring dishes such as Potato Gnocchi with Morels and Vanilla. Italian Local is a book that opens our minds to the myriad of possibilities of Italian food and to the value of using produce that is not only good for us butgood for the earth.