Neapolitan pizza, San Marzano tomatoes, Mozzarella di bufala and espresso ... just a few of the delicious reasons that make it impossible not to fall in love with Southern Italian food, which has attracted such an ardent following worldwide.
Thanks to Phaidon these much loved Italian classics, and plenty more, from a region rich in culture with food at its heart have been beautifully captured in the new cookbook essential: Naples and the Amalfi Coast.
Written by the experts at The Silver Spoon, this page turner is a visual treat for anyone that has a soft spot for Italy, showcasing everything that's best about the region as well as being an accessible gateway to the best of Southern Italy's finest cuisine for anyone who's not been.
The easy to follow selection of 50 recipes take the homecook on a rich gastronomic tour around the region from the lush hill tops to the dramatic coastline, with a well deserved break in the infectious Naples, where coffee is the lifeblood and Neapolitan pizza it's beating heart – if you're not jumping on the next flight to Italy, you'll definitely be turning your kitchen upside down to try and re-create some of those mouthwatering classics at home.
In a picturesque land where sun soaked beaches, turquoise waters and green fertile orchards bow under the weight of summer fruit, it's only fitting that local ingredients from around the region are showcased. A selection of fresh, vibrant and equally enticing comfort foods feature from fresh seafood to tomatoes from the hills of Mt. Vesuvius turned into pizza napolentana sauce and Sorrento lemons transformed into granitas, struffoli, and ultimately, limoncello.
Those with a sweet tooth are equally in for a treat with melt in the mouth zeppole (below right), rum baba (below middle) as large as your hand and Capri walnut cake washed down with a suitably strong Neapolitan espresso.
And, as if you needed any other excuse to visit there's also a handy list of all the food festivals taking place in the region throughout the year, so you can go and celebrate your favourite food with the locals. Now where's that suitcase...
All images courtesy of Phaidon