A Taste of Two Countries

Photo courtesy of Assouline

Photo courtesy of Assouline

Written by Beth Fhaner

La Cucina Di Luca Fantin by Bulgari, from Assouline, features an elegant collection of 32 recipes from the eponymous head chef of Il Ristorante Luca Fantin in Tokyo. At the Bulgari Ginza Tower, the brand’s flagship location, shoppers can savor Fantin’s delectable fare, where he blends traditional ingredients from his Italian homeland with fresh Japanese meats, fish and vegetables. Complete with 90 photographs and the chef’s inspirations for each dish, this exquisite volume allows readers to discover the ingredients behind his celebrated cuisine, including homemade tagliatelle with lobster and squid ink gnocchi. Especially noteworthy, Fantin is currently the only chef in Japan with a Michelin star and, in 2015, was named the “Best Italian Chef in the World.” $150; Assouline.com