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Green Kitchen Travels + Ribollita

Our new book has finally been released in the UK and Australia! And already next week it will be available throughout the US. We really hope that you will find it an inspiring and helpful tool in the kitchen and also something beautiful that you want to keep in your home. And who knows, it might even trigger you to save up some money (actually, most of our travels have been done on very low budget) and bring the family or friends on your own travel adventures.

To celebrate the occasion, we have created this book video. We filmed one half of the video in Marrakesh last winter and the rest quite recently with a little baby boy dangling on David’s shoulder while he was filming. So if you find the video shaky, Isac is to blame. Enjoy!

Apart from all the recipes (more than 90 of them), we are also quite fond of the personal stories behind many of the recipes. Just like on this blog, the stories give the recipes extra flavour. You will find insights in our escapades that we haven’t shared on the blog before. Like the time in Sicily when we spent a night in a car to save money after a few too hefty restaurant bills. Or the look on David’s face when we visited a Californian Avocado farm and were told to watch out for the rattle snakes… The chapter about traveling with kids is also not to be missed.

You can order the book within the UK from Waterstones (at the moment they have a £5 discount) or Amazon.co.uk.
In Australia from Booktopia. And in the US from Amazon.com.
Or just pick up a copy from your local book seller.

If you already have received the book and like it, please leave a review on the book sellers site. Thank you!!!


The giveaway is closed. Big congrats to Sonja from Vancouver for winning a signed copy of the book!!! Thank you to ALL of you who entered the giveaway and shared your favorite cuisine. We loved reading through all of the 1047 comments! Mediterranean food seems to be a favorite among many of you. Big love!!! /David, Luise, Elsa & Isac

To make things extra fun, we are also giving away a signed copy of the book. The giveaway is open worldwide! Simply leave a comment with your name, where you are from and what your favorite cuisine from around the world is. We will pick one winner using random.org. The giveaway closes on Thursday at midnight and will be announced on Friday.



We are sharing one recipe from the book today. This rustic bread and bean soup sums up all the things I love about the italian way of cooking. Even if many italians themselves are very fashionable, with high heels, sunglasses and expensive clothes, their cooking is the opposite; simple, rustic and down to earth. They don’t need any fancy accessories to cook up the most delicious and beautiful meals. A few good-quality vegetables, fresh herbs and beans are quickly turned into a warm and comforting soup. In Tuscany it is common to add some day-old bread and a few slices of Parmesan to it, but if you are vegan or gluten intolerant they can be left out.

Zuppa di Ribollita

2 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil, plus extra for serving 1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 carrots, diced
a pinch of dried chilli flakes
10 sage leaves
a handful flat leaf parsley, leaves picked 1 tomato, diced
1 courgette (zucchini), halved lengthwise and sliced
300 g (101⁄2 oz) cavolo nero green kale or Savoy cabbage
100 g (3/1⁄2 oz/1⁄2 cup) dried cannellini beans, soaked and cooked (or a 400g/14 oz can, drained)
about 1 litre (34 fl oz/4 cups) vegetable stock or water
sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

To Serve
4 slices wholegrain sourdough bread, cubed or torn in pieces
a piece of Parmesan cheese, shaved

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, chilli and sage and cook over a low heat for 20 minutes until softened but not browned. Add the parsley, tomato and courgette and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the cavolo nero and beans and cover with stock or water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Season to taste. The soup should be the consistency of a thick stew with a little broth. Serve in bowls and arrange bread cubes, shaved Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil over each.


  1. Grace Kerfoot
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:13 | #

    Greetings! My name is Grace and I am from California! My favorite cuisine is a toss up between Croatian and Middle Eastern cuisine! Lamb, yogurt, sumac, figs, and tomatoes for dayyys (:

  2. Nicole
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:15 | #

    This dish looks divine! I can’t wait to flip through the pages of your newest book. I’m from the US and am currently digging some warming middle eastern cuisine! Delish!

  3. Tamara
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:17 | #

    Thank you for your amazing recipes! They are an inspiration for every day! I am Russian living in Stockholm. I like nordic cuisine.

  4. Kristina
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:18 | #

    Hi, my name is Kristina and I am from Germany. I would say my favorite cuisine is most likely the traditional Austrian cuisine and I also love anything that comes out of an Italien kitchen. I strongly believe that every dish that is made out of fresh ingredients and with a lot of love will taste delicious. That’s why I love your recipes so much!

  5. Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:19 | #

    My name is Arianna, I come from Italy and although I live since many years abroad and I love international food….my favourite dish is: MELANZANE ALLE PARMAGIANA!

    Grandmas know how to make grandchildren happy.

    I love you work and I´ve already ordered a copy of the book! ;)

    All the best and please keep being who you are!

  6. Liz
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:26 | #

    I am currently living in Sedona, AZ but have lived all over the United States. My favorite cuisine is probably Mediterranean although a delicious decadent French meal once in a while is also lovely. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  7. Anne
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:26 | #

    Hi! My name is Anne, and my favourite cuisine must be Mediterranean! Congrats on your new book guys! You truly inspire!

  8. Yvonne
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:30 | #

    Hei! I’m yvonne from switzerland! My favorite kitchen is thai & indian and currently the vegetarian dishes from korsika [tomatos, goat cheese, figs & honey] & jerusalem!

  9. Karen
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:31 | #

    My name is Karen and I’m from Copenhagen, Denmark. I love everything made of lentils or chickpeas. Indian food is always a winner in my kitchen!

  10. Valeriia
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:34 | #

    Hey! I’m Valeriia and originally I’m from Russia but moving from one place to another due to work. I love your recipes that makes my boring healthy diet way more fun! My favourite cuisine is… well everything that is healthy and makes me feel good :) Especially right version of Italian recipes. Good luck to your lovely family!

  11. lena Evald
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:36 | #

    My name is Lena Evald, i live in Denmark and i love moroccan cuisine..

  12. Anna
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:38 | #

    Hello! My name is Anna and I live in St Petersburg, Russia. And I like greek cuisine a bit more than others. Thank you for inspiring recipes and beautiful pictures. All the best wishes!

  13. Sarah Davis
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:41 | #

    I’m Sarah, I’m from England but I’ve had the fortitude to live all over the place and experience a number of cultures. Still, my favourite cuisine is Mexican – real deal Mexican rather than Tex-Mex. Looking forward to getting your book!

  14. Jenni
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:44 | #

    Hi,i’m Jenni from Sweden and i’ve recently discovered your inspiring blog :-) And i’m in love with tapas ;-) Best wishes!

  15. Constance
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:50 | #

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book. I am Constance from Berlin and lately I’ve been into Asian food, especially Japanese dishes. Keep up the great work, your recipes are awesome!

  16. Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 23:56 | #

    Hi!I’m Valeria from Italy. I was born and raised in Tuscany and I love Ribollita! My favorite comfort food!! This remind me my grandmother and my childhood! :) I love the “poor” Tuscan cuisine, is one of my favorite, simple but full of flavor and rich in culture.
    I also love the japanese cuisine.
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  17. Talia Garber
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 00:10 | #

    Love your recipes. Excited about your new book!
    I really like Chinese and Thai foods.

  18. Megan
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 00:20 | #

    I’m Megan from Australia and I really love food. One of my favourite cuisines is Mexican, even as a child, as there its bursting with flavour and natural ingredients. And who doesn’t love eating with theit hands?!

  19. Juliana
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 00:42 | #

    I am from the US, and I love Mediterranean food.

  20. Susan
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 00:57 | #

    I’m Susan from New York and one of my favorite cuisines is Mexican. It’s the perfect option for a vegetarian with meat eating friends – there’s a little something for everyone!

    Either that or Japanese. There is nothing like a steaming bowl of noodle soup to warm your bones on a cold day.

    Congratulations on the book!

  21. Diana
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 00:58 | #

    I’m Diana from Russia, living in USA. My favorite cousins are Italian, Mediterranean and Japanese. Now i’m trying to open for myself Middle East cousin. I try to find easy-prepared and healthy dishes and happy when find such.

  22. Frédérique
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 01:05 | #

    Hi there! I am Frederique, from Quebec! (Canada) This book looks sooo inspiring, nice work! I think that my favorite cuisine would be the one from Nicaragua… Made with so much love!

  23. Kiara IBle
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 01:42 | #

    I’m Kiara from Sydney, Australia.I really love Vietnamese cuisine! It is so fresh and full of beautiful herbs and colours. Travelling through Vietnam I loved that every region had specialties and different takes on dishes depending out what was native to their area.

  24. Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 02:30 | #

    Congratulations on your fabulous book, it looks delectable. I can’t wait for my copy of it. It will be sweeter if it is signed by you guys;)
    I am Dhivya, currently living in Toronto Canada.


  25. Genevieve
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 02:32 | #

    All of your food is delicious! I would love the new book.
    My name is Genevieve and I’m from Australia. My favorite cuisine is lebanese.

  26. Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 03:01 | #

    I’m Rebecca from Oregon, US. I love so many different cuisines that it’s tough to pick, but Mexican and Mediterranean are definitly near the top of my favorites. I have your first cookbook and it’s one of my favorites. I can’t wait to try this new one!

  27. Sara
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 03:42 | #

    Hi and congratulations on your new book! The way that you make beautiful food has been so inspiring for me over the past year. I honestly can’t thank you enough for that. I am Sara and am living in Manitoba, Canada. Currently my favourite cuisine and flavours are those from the Mediterranean.


  28. Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 03:58 | #

    I am from the U.S. and one of my favorite cusines is Asian, especially Thai food.

  29. Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 04:25 | #

    Hello David, Luise, Elsa and Isac,
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and stories with us in such beautiful form. I have been following for perhaps a year now, always eager when I see a new post or video that you guys craft so beautifully. Have tried quite a few recipes, ranging from soup to smoothie to baked something. Some are favourites. Your writing and way of cooking are not hard to follow, simple and delicious.

    Much Love,

  30. Erik P
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 04:40 | #

    Portland oregon usa and I love northern thai food.

  31. Josephine
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 05:17 | #

    This book looks beautiful! Can’t wait to see it in real. I’m Josephine Danish/German living in Paris and my favorite cuisine is Italian :-)

  32. HannaH
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 05:43 | #

    HELLO! I’m Hannah from the USA and I love Vietnamese most at the moment, mainly because I’m craving pho. But I’m easily swayed when a new dish is presented! Your new book looks like a fantastic way to “travel” from my own home and I can’t wait to peruse it soon!

  33. Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 06:12 | #

    So bummed I missed the giveaway! Can’t wait to receive my copy and drool over all the recipes!

  34. Anna Szalay
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 07:11 | #

    Anna Szalay, from Hungary, my favourite cuisine is the Indian :) Lots of veggies and spices, less meat

  35. Sofia Norman
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 07:12 | #

    Hello my names is Sofia and i’m from Sweden. my favourite cuisine is the Indian cuisine. Ps I really love your blog and all your recepies

  36. monserrat
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 07:42 | #

    im from mexico and i love mexican food :)

  37. Anastasia
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 07:43 | #

    Hi, i’m Anastasia, i’m russian. To my 25 years, I managed to live in 5 countries and more than 10 others to visit. Every time visiting new city i’m do all my best to try national cuisine, but after all delicious dishes I’ve tried – i’m still big fan of my mum’s russian borsch vegan version with beans.

  38. Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 08:14 | #

    Hi guys! You know me as Divya the tomatillo salsa gal from bondens marknad now! It’s not easy to describe where I’m from as I’ve lived a good chunk of my life in India, Miami, New York and now Stockholm but my favorite cuisine at the moment is Mexican! I would LOVE your book, can’t wait to read it, so exciting!!

  39. Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 10:43 | #

    So sad that i missed the give away but thanks for sharing one of the delicious recipe from the book. it looks delicious!

  40. Helen
    Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 12:03 | #

    i love your book. i love your blog. i love you.

    also i love food and one of my favorites are turkish mezze. most of it is vegetarian and delicious!

    my name is Helen and im from Germany.

  41. Sonya
    Posted 21 Sep ’14 at 12:07 | #

    Sonya from Australia and my favourite cuisine is middle eastern food, things like Falafel, Tabouleh, Hummus and grilled eggplant!
    Love your blog too!

  42. Christine
    Posted 22 Sep ’14 at 00:57 | #

    This may have been asked already, but are there many recipes including dairy in this cookbook? Dairy doesn’t sit well with me, so I was just wondering. It looks beautiful!

  43. Nina Lilja
    Posted 22 Sep ’14 at 14:34 | #

    Nina Lilja from Östervåla, Sweden. My favourite cuisine is hard to decide but a favourite is Mediterranian food.

  44. Daniela
    Posted 22 Sep ’14 at 15:05 | #

    Hi guys, Daniela here from Australia. Love your beautiful food and images, thank you, very inspiring! My favourite cuisine is Peruvian cuisine.

  45. Posted 22 Sep ’14 at 19:07 | #

    Your photographs are like paintings! Such a great balance of colour and composition. They are an inspiration for me on my blog.

    Oh, and your recipes are pretty good too ;)

  46. Posted 22 Sep ’14 at 19:08 | #

    so good! love this bean soup. i pre-ordered your book and i can’t wait!

  47. Laura
    Posted 23 Sep ’14 at 15:52 | #

    The book looks amazing! I’m going away travelling until February so will wait until I am more settled to buy the book. It would have to be stored away otherwise. I hope I can have as much fun away from home as you seem too! The soup recipe looks delicious and will be tried tonight! Thank you :)

  48. Monika
    Posted 24 Sep ’14 at 11:44 | #

    Hi everyone, first of all – thank you for inspirations and nice recipes, the pictures are beatiful – I think I just neeed to have my lunch :-) I am from Slovakia and I love Mediterranean cuisine and french cuisine. Enjoy your day and your meal!

  49. Michèle
    Posted 24 Sep ’14 at 21:21 | #

    I have received your new book today. Tonight`s dinner was the creamy polenta with goat cheese and mushrooms. It was delicious and i really love the book. It`s the way i like to eat cook and enjoy….thank you!

  50. Posted 26 Sep ’14 at 12:42 | #

    I can’t wait to check this book out, I’ve been waiting for it to come out (I follow your accounts on IG) though I lost track of time. I can see now that’s it’s out and well! I can’t wait .. also, your family lives a truly inspiring and creative life. In fact, much of what you post is an inspiration to me as I’m redesigning my life and making sure I’m living a life I actually love! Anyway, all this praise to say I can’t wait to see the book :)

  51. Frankie
    Posted 26 Sep ’14 at 18:07 | #

    Been to London these past days and the best thing I brought back with me is your new book. It was on display at one of the large bookshop-chains there and as soon as i saw it there, it made my day!

    Might I say, I think I like it even better than your first one. And I really like the way you are weaving your personal experience into your delicious recipies.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers, Frankie

  52. Malou
    Posted 30 Sep ’14 at 22:02 | #

    Hi, I got your new book this week and I cooked your Ribollita version this evening. The whole family adored it. I took olive oil with a taste of lemon and I added a teaspoon of Basil Pesto in each plate. It was delicious :)

  53. Enrica
    Posted 3 Oct ’14 at 09:53 | #

    just received your new book…..E’ FAN TA STI CO!!!!!!!LO ADORO!
    I’ve read it in one breath and when it came to end I was so sad!!!I would never have wanted it to end ….
    I have appreciated a lot the introduction, it transmits equilibrium and positiveness…and so much love and intelligence!
    the recipes are fantastic! I adore them all and today i’m going to try the first!!
    if will ever want to take a trip in the north of Italy (Mantova, Parma, Bologna) know that my house and my car are free to yours complete disposition!

  54. Bindi
    Posted 8 Oct ’14 at 03:30 | #

    I just received your new book yesterday and have already tried the noodle-less pad Thai and overnight oat recipes – just so delicious not to mention quick and easy. Thank you for again sharing your fabulous insights. Much love and sunshine from Australia :)

  55. Posted 8 Oct ’14 at 22:34 | #

    Bravo! Allways wonderful food and beautiful photos. I love it all. You are so inspiring :-) And off course I will buy your new book. I too love food, travelling, photography and the beauty in life.
    Many kind greetings from / bedste hilsner fra Aarhus, DK

  56. Jude
    Posted 16 Oct ’14 at 23:22 | #

    What is the music that backs this video. It is superb. Please let me know.

  57. Posted 10 Dec ’14 at 16:18 | #

    I can’t wait for my copy to arrive! And I’ve just noticed that I also have that same soup dish – wonderful!

  58. Karina
    Posted 6 Jan ’15 at 23:04 | #

    Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful book! My husband got this book for me for my birthday last fall and I love it! It rarely gets put away since I use it so much!

  59. Florence
    Posted 10 Mar ’15 at 10:39 | #

    Is an Italian version foreseen? May be soooo great…

  60. Posted 17 Jul ’15 at 02:56 | #

    I just bought this book a few weeks ago and I’m in love! The photos, the recipes, the stories… I love how you’ve incorporated your travels into every recipe in this book. It’s really so unique and special :)

  61. Posted 16 Apr ’17 at 15:29 | #

    The book was amazing. It was recommended by one of my friends. I really loved it.

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