Category Archives: Erica Jarman

A Feast from Wood-fired Ovens

Why does food taste better when it’s been baked in a wood-fired oven? Maybe because of the wood smoke. Maybe because it’s infused with the toil of cutting the firewood, carting it to the oven, lighting the oven early in … Continue reading

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A Tour Sprouts

I’ve long wondered how to incorporate the rich agricultural heritage of the Lucca plain into a tour. Watching a bean stalk grow would try the patience even of a very slow traveller. On Thursday I visited the organic farm Favilla … Continue reading

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On 23 December as I looked over my menu for Christmas lunch, I was struck by the generosity of my Italian friends and producers. I realised I didn’t have to buy most of the ingredients I needed! They were gifts people … Continue reading

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