Headline to publish Rachel Roddy's from Sicily and Rome

Headline to publish Rachel Roddy's from Sicily and Rome

Rachel Roddy, who writes a weekly column in Guardian Cook, is publishing a second book with Headline Home in July, comprising family recipes and stories from her two kitchens in Sicily and Rome.

Two Kitchens: Family Recipes from Sicily and Rome follows Roddy's first book, Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome (Headline Home), which won the First Book Award at the Guild of Food Writers Awards last year. 

Recipes in the book will use fresh, seasonal ingredients to make "simple, everyday" family dishes that readers can cook again and again. She lives with her partner Vincenzo and her son Luca near the food market in Testaccio, a distinctive working-class quarter of Rome, and spends part of the year in Vincenzo’s family house in Gela, South-east Sicily.

World rights were bought from Jon Elek at United Agents. It will publish in hardback, priced £25, on 13th July 2017.

Roddy said: "My first stop, when I came to Italy twelve years ago, was Sicily. Like many before me I was enchanted by the soul and spirit of this beautiful and complicated island. I eventually settled in Rome, with Vincenzo, a Sicilian, and we began travelling back and forth between our flat in Testaccio and family in Sicily, eventually opening up and sharing responsibility for his grandparents house in a town called Gela. Two Kitchens is a collection of stories and recipes born out of all this, which I have enjoyed writing immensely."

Kate Miles, senior editor, Headline Home said: "We are thrilled to be publishing Rachel Roddy’s second book this July. Rachel is such a brilliant food writer and her first book – the much-loved Five Quarters – went on to win a number of prestigious food book awards. She has been described by some as a modern-day Elizabeth David with her immersive writing and deliciously simple recipes. We can’t wait to share Two Kitchens with everyone."