The Missoni family opens up its kitchen in a covetable new cookbook

The Missoni family opens up its kitchen in a covetable new cookbook

Francesco Maccapani Missoni (the son of the eponymous fashion house’s creative director Angela Missoni) collects family recipes, and as it turns out, its cuisine is just as singular as its style. Now, the knights of knitwear have swapped the atelier for the kitchen for a new family cookbook dedicated to home-styled Italian favourites.

Missoni food makes my soul smile,’ says musician (and longtime Missoni kitchen table regular) Quincy Jones in the introduction. Just as wrapping yourself in the lightning-stripes of a colourful Missoni cardigan on a summer evening, Missoni food gives you an unpretentious hug. It beats with colour, familiarity, locale. It changes, much like a new collection, with the seasons.

‘Gnocchi Verdi’​​​​​​​ – spinach and ricotta gnocchi, Missoni family recipe

‘Gnocchi Verdi’​​​​​​​ – spinach and ricotta gnocchi. Photography: © Missoni

The cookbook features a repertoire of recipes so well rehearsed they have a word-of-mouth quality to the way they are written; they drip like olive oil from the writer’s pen, and are interspersed with photo-album snaps, cooking notes, and anecdotes from family members. One of our favourites: ‘A colourful table dressing is always a good start.’

The masters of zig-zag have swapped their signature pattern for eye-catching red-and-white checkerboard on the front cover, though the storied criss-crossing design wiggles its way through the collection of recipes: thrown nonchalantly across tables, encircling the rim of a porcelain plate. This is food photography with traditional Missoni whim and eclecticism.

Expect crisp spring salads (the ‘Asparagus a la Milanese’ is of particular note), and no-expense-spared desserts – don’t miss the Missonis’ ‘One and Only’ chocolate pudding. Most of all, expect to be warmed, happy – and full.

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