Francesco cooked, styled and shot over 100 recipes for Italian Cooking, a book released in March by Wiley publishers as part of the Culinary Institute of America's atHome series. The book, which gives readers a taste of authentic cuisine from Italy's diverse culinary regions, is co-authored by two Italian chefs, Gianni Scappin and Alberto Vanoli, and features wine pairings by Steven Kolpan.
While Gianni and Alberto prepared the majority of the food, Francesco brought visual life to the inspiration behind their recipes and finished each dish to be cooked, assembled and styled for the shoot. With the exception of a few photographs taken at the CIA campus, most of the book was shot in Francesco's studio, where he was assisted by his wife, Lynn, who was also in charge of all the prop styling.
The production spanned a period of several months, during which Francesco not only photographed every recipe for the book, but also tasted virtually every dish along the way -- leaving him especially attune to conveying the realness of the tastes through his images.