When Mark McEwan takes a much-needed holiday, he likes more than anything to head for Italy. His love affair with ingredient-driven Italian cuisine dates back to his earliest days in the business, when his pastas and risottos were a big part of what put him on the culinary map. When McEwan was drawing up plans for a new, fourth restaurant, Italian food was a clear choice. Composed entirely of recipes from that restaurant, Fabbrica,Rustic Italian features a wide range of dishes perfectly suited to every occasion. The theme is authenticity, the flavours large and seductive. All the recipes are easily manageable for the home cook, and following the format of McEwan’s highly acclaimed first book, Great Food at Home, all are highly flexible. The only essential ingredient is passion—both for cooking and for enjoying its results.