Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Italy 2013 ~ The Amalfi Coast, Bologna, Venice; London and Dublin. Plus a super EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!! :)

Wowzers!

Ok, this was the MOTHER of all posts I have ever uploaded. I think it has been the most full-on collection I have ever published on the blog in it’s 3 years running (maybe with the exception of the 2011 Christmas Magazine)… I literally have a glass of wine in my hand to celebrate eventually hitting the ‘publish’ button. (Finally and Phew!)

It’s taken me almost 10 days to get it sorted by way of sifting through the photos ~ I took 9,863 in total on this trip; for the blog/a few jobs I was commissioned to do whilst away/and for a ‘certain something else’ to be mentioned again in a second…). After selecting the ones I wanted it was a case of cleaning them up, resizing them, editing were necessary and collating them into groups etc.. but finally we’re up and running and I can now sit down and tell you all about the AMAZINGLY wonderful time I had in Europe. And why you just HAVE to go to the Amalfi Coast ~ stick it on your bucket list, it is without a doubt the most beautiful place I have ever been to. I was going through the photos thinking; “Was I actually really there?!” and *sigh* more to the point; “why am I not there again now!!?” … However more of that later …

Let’s just say overall it was one of the best holidays I have had the good fortune to go on to-date ~ even if there was a bit of work thrown in here and there in the 5 weeks, it was brilliant to get back to Italy ~ one of my favourite places on earth, and to Dublin ~ my ‘official’ home town. I spent 2 weeks in both and 5 days in London at the start but with Dublin this time I wanted to get home and just hang out with my mates and family whom I haven’t seen properly in quite some time and head to my favourite pubs and seek out new restaurants. Get a sense of just living back home etc.

I was somewhat pleasantly shocked to see how booming the food scene now is in Dublin, it has changed so much since I lived there and when I made the move to Australia almost 8 years ago. In fairness when I lived in Dublin I wasn’t working as photographer or really as into food too much in comparison to now, but it was wonderful to see new restaurants thriving and literally chokers with patrons on weeknights ~ so many of the new bars and restaurants I visited were literally buzzing all week long. We were so lucky too that the sun finally decided to show itself in Ireland (the first decent Summer I think in all of 7 years or so I have been told) and the fantastic warm weather had everyone in flying form. I went out for drinks the day I arrived into Dublin from Italy with a bunch of mates and was stunned to see how vibrant and upbeat the centre of the city was, what with people sitting outside pubs lapping up the balmy weather. Some punters had even brought their armchairs down onto the streets from flats above to sit outside their favourite pubs and enjoy a few pints ~ it was brilliant to see given the economic hardship a lot of people have experienced in Ireland in recent years, and which is still very prevalent in most of the country, given a bit of a respite from the doom and gloom experienced since 2008.

I have to point out straight off that alas (somewhat sadly) I won’t be able to post up shots from Dublin just yet, as I was asked by Delicious Magazine ~ for which I write and shoot an 8 page feature each month, to shoot a story for the October 2013 issue surrounding what I would recommend for places to eat and drink in if you were to visit Dublin in the coming months, basically a ‘Katie’s Foodie Guide to Dublin’ ~ venues I found which were; good quality; serving great, tasty food at reasonable prices and where I would recommend you grab a pint of Guinness or a drink on a Saturday evening before hitting the town etc. Also gourmet shops, and other general bits and pieces which I enjoyed when I was back in Dublin this time round, and I have enjoyed in the past and I would still consistently recommend. The issue will be on sale in mid-September so once it’s on-sale I’ll be able to post up some links and extra snippets for you to take note of if you are planning to travel to the Emerald Isle. I highly recommend f you are looking for a good few days away (especially if you live in Europe or the US) check out Dublin, it’s such a vibrant, friendly and fun city. There’s great shopping food, pubs and most importantly the people in Ireland are second to none. It’s a super city to spend some tourist euros or dollars and you’ll have a ball.

So Dublin aside, there was another reason for my trip to Italy and Ireland and that was I needed to get some photos and to gather some inspiration (from a recipe point-of-view) for a new project I am undertaking ~ actually two new projects… and that is…

Two new cookbooks!!!

WoooHooo!

I’m thrilled to reveal I have signed a new two-book publishing deal with Lantern/Penguin Random House to write, cook, style and photograph two x new 120 recipe cookbooks. I am delighted to finally announce it to the readers of What Katie Ate and to say a huge thank you to all who bought the first WKA book and continue to do so. The other day I received 6 German copies and I look at it and think ‘Holy Cow ~ did I write a book that’s translated into German!? How did that happen?!! LOL. {BTW I have good news too it looks like the book will be translated into Spanish now too}.

It’s been very much a whirlwind journey for me over the past 3 years since I was offered the first book deal and I can’t believe it’s actually been 2 years since I was writing and shooting the first book. I also still can’t quite believe I won the James Beard Photography Award for the book and that it was nominated in the 2 categories ~ what an amazing trip to NYC that was and one I will never forget. I have learnt so much since I wrote the first book and grown so much from both a food perspective and photographically, I’ve also taken on all the constructive criticism of the first book and taken note. I am really excited to get my teeth into the next book ~ the title of which I’ll announce in a few months, but it will be a slightly different approach to my first book ~ which was very much a reflection of the style and design of WKA for the first two years of it life. The next book will be even more gorgeous and I think you will love it more. It’s a natural progression and reflection of my growth with the blogs and my work over the past year and one to come. The first of the two books will be going on sale next October 2014 and will have 100+ brand new recipes and a few familiar ones thrown in for good measure.

Below is a selection of shots I took during our time in London, Venice, Bologna, Capri, Ravello, Positano and Dublin. I have decided not to put them in order or our travels as listed above, as quite frankly how could I not start with the towns of the Amalfi Coast…!?

Enjoy…

RAVELLO

POSITANO

BOLOGNA

Bologna was fantastic, I adored it. It’s a vibrant university town and I loved it’s realness, vibrancy and relaxed sense. The food was amazing, was cheap and people super-friendly. I loved how non-touristy it was and I just really enjoyed my time there, I’d totally go back for a few days and it’s a good place to base yourself as you can get to Modena and Parma very quickly by car etc. We got the train from Venice there and only took 1 hour. Easy.

Before I headed away I stumbled across a food tour company based in Bologna which sounded like a really fun way to spend a day in the area, so I did a bit of research, sent a few mails back and forth to a really helpful girl called Barbara, and before I knew it we were booked in!

Italian Days Food Experiences is run by a young and dynamic Foodie-staff who are aware of changes in the market and ready to select the best offerings for their guests with food factory visit and online shop of finest Italian products. Based in Bologna, it is a 100% Italian company with a simple goal: to help people to discover, understand and buy outstanding and authentic Italian gourmet products through factory visits and food tastings.

Alessandro is the owner and creator of both Italian Days Food Experiences (aforementioned ‘Barbara’ is his girlfriend), Alessandro was our tour guide for the day which kicked off at *cough* a somewhat early start for me: 7am (!) Note ~ if you are going to do this tour, get an early night before and don’t do what I did: drink way too much limoncello after dinner! Anyway, with a somewhat cloudy head, we rose at 6am and got ready then we were met at our hotel in central Bologna by a lovely driver who transported us along with 16 others (all of us spread out in 3 SUVs) to our first stop off; a Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese factory about 35 minutes away.

Alessandro was utterly wonderful. Full of life, super friendly and approachable and knew his stuff inside out, back-to-front. He is 100% Italian and 100% passionate about food and wine. Alessandro is a true food lover who enthusiastically promotes small producers of great quality products. It was amazing to watch a man so consumed by good quality food telling us the processes of the food production from start to finish as we visited various factories from 7am until 1pm. Before we were all driven to a very authentic ‘Italian family-style’ restaurant where we all sat around a long table and we wined for 3-4 hours. It was totally superb! Incredible fun and the food and wine flowed. I got some great inspiration for recipes for the next book whilst sat at this table. Overall a totally fantastic day and a tour I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area. It’s great value too and you’ll adore the lunch, it was a really perfect end to the tour and a total surprise to me – I had no idea we would be ending the day on such a high note.

To book a tour with Alessando you can find all the info you need here: Italian Days

Also check out Alessandro’s online store where you can buy some of the produce he covers on his tour. I ended up buying a bottle of 100 year old balsamic on the tour itself but you can get an equally amazing 25 year old on the site and he ships worldwide.

Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese D.O.P.*

*Note: D.O.P. stands for: Italian agricultural products labeled D.O.P. (an acronym for Denominazione di Origine Protetta) and are products whose ingredients and preparation are specific to a geographic region.

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena D.O.P.

Modena Ham D.O.P.

London

All pics above taken at London’s Borough Market

Venice

All images © Katie Quinn Davies 2013

List of recommended hotels

London ~ The Savoy
Venice ~ Gritti Palace
Bologna ~ Hotel Corona D’Oro
Capri ~ Capri Tiberio Palace
Ravello ~ Palazzo Avino
Positano ~ Le Sirenuse
Dublin ~ Kelly’s

150 Responses to “Italy 2013 ~ The Amalfi Coast, Bologna, Venice; London and Dublin. Plus a super EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!! :)”

  1. August 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    WOW!!!! What absolutely amazing photographs, feel like I could reach out and touch Italy – i wish! You have totally inspired me and made me even more desperate for a long awaiting European holiday, thankyou for sharing!

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks Natalie, I took so many shots I almost drowned in them this time! LOL So delighted to hear they are liked :)

  2. August 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos! Loved reading this post :)

  3. August 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Amazing photos! Congrats on the two new cookbooks. Can’t wait for the pictorial feast. =)

  4. Jane Catania
    August 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Katie this is so divine!! I adore the destinations you travelled to and you truly have managed to capture the charm, character & essence of every street you walked. Thank you for sharing the journey… x

  5. Mia
    August 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Beautiful photos… Italy is wonderful…

  6. August 8, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    WOW congratulations on your books, that’s amazing!!! And these photos are a dream, gorgeous! x

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you! Can’t wait to get started on the next book – well I have – am at the recipe testing stage now, the fun bit comes in a few months – all the photos! :)

  7. August 8, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Wow what a post! How could you ever doubt that photography award-? stunning work and congrats on the two new books! So very exciting. Nice to see some shots of you, in my trip to Europe last year there is about one or two pics of me and I thought I took a lot of shots but nothing like you! out of about 5,000 pics!
    xx Corrina

  8. August 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    wow … this is overwhelming … love this fotos … and love the book (thank´s for translating in german ;-)
    hugs Andrea

  9. August 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    ok maybe the best post of yours ever!!!
    these pics are just PERFECT…
    thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks so much! ;)

  10. August 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Oh Katie, this is gorgeous!
    First – congratulations are in order! Though I thought your big news were of a different nature ;)
    Second – your pictures are breathtaking (as always)
    Third – this made me homesick (I’m from a small country that shares Adriatic Sea with Italy)
    I LOVE your blog. You are such an inspiration!

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Ha! Did you think I literally had a bun in the oven? ;)

  11. August 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    That looks absolutly amazing! I am looking for where to go in my next vacation. I think I just found it :)

    Thanks a million for this great post!

    Have a nice sunny week.

    Greetings from Fräulein Wirbelwind

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Yes you must go to Amalfi and also Dublin if you can, I’ll have pics up soon of there too :)

  12. August 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Oh Katie this is just amazing – I even see the window of the room I staying in when I visited Positano last (which was some years ago now!) – it truly is an amazing place. You have me dreaming of visiting again now! Congratulations on the new book deals – so well deserved. Can’t wait to hear and see more. Leanne xx

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks Leanne! Am very excited!! :) (in 2 months I’ll be crying from exhaustion LOL) but overall I am thrilled ;)

  13. August 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Big, big congratulations, Katie!! That is terrific news. Im so excited for you – and for us! Penguin Random House is the smartest, or maybe I’m just biased. ;)

    This post has confirmed one thing: I need to return to Italy as soon as possible.

  14. August 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    wow such incredible pictures you’ve got there!! loved the shot of the town from the water…

  15. August 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    So nice shots you’ve done there!

    I adore especially your market people and food photos, I can almost feel the atmosphere, the air, the people chatting, the heat ripening the lemons, the smells of the ocean…

    I have a bunch of shots around modena, bologna, venice, etc. waiting to be processed & posted, but seeing yours raises the bar of my expectations about mine big time!

    Absolutely stunning work (& can’t wait for your new books to be out!)

  16. August 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Such beauty, such clarity and an almost surreal vividness to your gorgeous photos as always. It truly feels like we’re tucked alongside you, taking in those breathtaking views. Congratulations on the book deal, such well deserved success.

  17. August 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Congratulations, Katie, great news, so well deserved. How lucky are we to get more books from you? Ahhh Italy, my love. Glorious pictures. So much happy.
    Heidi xo

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks Heidi x

  18. August 8, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I must admit firstly that I’m among those silent readers of your blog even though I wish I could find time to write often! Huge congratulations Katie on the books. How thrilling! And these photos are marvelous. Obviously I love what you do but the point of this comment it that I’m in love with the compositions this time around. You certainly upped your game there! Love xo

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Cheers! Keep the comments coming – it makes me feel like I’m not talking to myself! LOL ;)

  19. August 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Ouf Positano, I think I left some of my heart there. Wonderful pictures. Made me nostalgic!

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Isn’t it fabulous?! My mouth fell open the minute I saw Positano the first time, had to pinch myself!

  20. August 8, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Congratulations!

    Wow, so many gorgeous photos! It’s no wonder why they want you to do two more cookbooks (which I hope to get one day!). Just looking here inspires me to work harder on my own photos :)

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Thanks Rochelle x

  21. Flora
    August 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    WOAH all these pictures are stunning! And congratulations on your new book deal. The only thing is my computer couldn’t really cope with the volume of images and it took about 5 minutes to load! Have you ever thought about separating the photographs out into different places (i.e. Bologna) and then writing a bit more about each place. It is just there are SO MANY pictures I was slightly overwhelmed and don’t think I properly took them all in. Just a suggestion and please keep taking all these lovely photos.

    • Katie
      August 8, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Hi Flora. Thanks – yes I know it is a lot of photos. But I’ve always done it this way ;) I am very much all or nothing LOL. Also I tend to have to do a big post and then get back to work, blogging more consistently in smaller bursts is hard when you have to work Mon to Fri.. Thanks thought for the suggestions, I have considered this and probably will have to over the coming months whilst I am writing and shooting the 2nd book ;) x

      • Flora
        August 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

        I had never thought about it in the sense of time saving – and indeed with your new book deal(s) you must be CRAZY busy. I am amazed you have any time at all!

    • Renee
      August 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      These pictures are absolutely stunning Katie. But I definitely agree with Flora. Because there were so many, I couldn’t take them in as much as I wanted to! And trust me, I wanted to. Your photos are a visual feast for the eye! Maybe separated into different posts more often. But do totally understand your schedule must make blogging all the time difficult! Congrats on the new book too!

  22. August 8, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Amazing! You have my DYING to go back to Italy! And thanks for the tips on the foodie tour. I will squirrel this post away until I get the chance to return. Congratulations on the cookbooks. Can’t wait for them!

  23. August 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Beautiful pictures ! Love it!

  24. August 9, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I am so excited you are bring out two books! These photos are really beautiful expecially the one of the tomatoes. What an array of colours! Who knew fish ?could also look so stunning. I really hope you continue your blog as well even though you are so very busy now. You an inspiration to sydney bloggers everywhere.

  25. August 9, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I could Pin EVERY pic in this post….gorgeous! i want back to Amalfi/Positano ASAP ( was there in Nov)

  26. Kate Gleeson
    August 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

    AMAZING!! We spent our honeymoon travelling around Italy and this post has made me very nostalgic. Beautiful, beautiful work. Great news re the books too…I was only sighing over your 1st book last night :)
    Keep up the good work,
    Kate
    (Dublin)

  27. Caroline
    August 9, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Katie your photographs are fantastic very inspiring !!!!! What lens do you use ?

  28. August 9, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I just have to comment…these photos are amazing ~ thank you for posting so many. I love your first book and am so happy that there are going to be more ~ Congratulations!

  29. August 9, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Without a doubt your post just made my day. Congrats on your new book deal-can’t wait!

  30. valerie
    August 9, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Fabulous post, well worth the wait. Big congratulations to you, books, magazine articles, but please don’t forget us here, like so many other bloggers do! Your blog is simply the best! Hmmm . . . an Italian book? Can’t guess the other, but looking forward to both of them! Cheers!

  31. August 9, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Huge congrats on your 2 x book deal, your work is beyond inspiring to me. I am in awe of it. This post just made my wanderlust levels go through the roof. I’m desperate for some Europe.
    Sam
    Cape Town

  32. August 9, 2013 at 2:03 am

    looking forward to the Delicious Magazine, always looking for new places to try in Dublin, a lot has certainly changed in 8 years

  33. Joy
    August 9, 2013 at 3:12 am

    BOOM! Dear Katie, this post is truly the best yet! Love every word and every picture, in fact, I can read more!! Many congratulations on the book deals. I agree with Aimee, Lantern/Penguin Random House are definitely blessed to have you. Can’t wait to get the copies. Always love the Amalfi Coast, we’ll be travelling there for honeymoon, can’t wait.! You don’t have plans to leave Sydney and move to the Amalfi Coast right? : )

  34. August 9, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I cannot tell you how excited I am to hear you have another two books in the making – a huge congratulations!

    In the past 5 days I have recreated 7 of your recipes from your current WKA cookbook (much to the extreme pleasure of my husband and house guest) – and they have all been incredible. I am so in love with your book, could not be happier with the results of the recipes, and the only thing I am now lacking is access to lovely Aussie prawns (one of the many things I miss about home living in London) to really do your recipes justice!! x

  35. August 9, 2013 at 4:33 am

    We LOVE your cookbook so I am thrilled to hear there are going to be (at least ;) ) two more to come! Can’t wait :) Keep up the amazing work, you are such an inspiration. xoxo

  36. August 9, 2013 at 5:16 am

    woow, so wonderful photos ! !
    Congrats, its a really beautiful article
    xx

  37. August 9, 2013 at 5:50 am

    So gorgeous I don’t know where to start! The tomatoes all look beautiful. And that Venchi gelato brings me back to my last visit to Italy. They make such good chocolate too! I wish I could have tagged along!

  38. August 9, 2013 at 6:23 am

    OH my, your holiday was certainly epic. Congratulations on the new books, how thrilling! You are living a dream life…

  39. August 9, 2013 at 6:53 am

    These photos are amazing, looks like the trip of a lifetime. Made for a great start to my day..I think my thoughts will definitely be elsewhere at work today, most likely dreaming up a Europe trip, first stop Amalfi Coast! Can’t wait for the Dublin feature.

  40. Sandy
    August 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Oh my goodness! I was just transported to Europe. Gorgeous gorgeous images.

  41. August 9, 2013 at 9:05 am

    That is so so awesome! Congratulations Katie :-) The WKA book was so gorgeous, am very excited to see what new things you have in store for the next two. These pictures are a dream! Good luck with all the testing, styling, propping and shooting!! x

  42. Tamara Deacon
    August 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Wow Katie, thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been at a cross roads in my career/study path and hesitant to take a leap of faith. This post has just given me a massive inspiration dose to follow my heart. Mwhaaa xx

  43. August 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

    GORGEOUS photos! I enjoyed seeing Venice (one of my favorite places), as well as your other travels.

  44. Tamara Deacon
    August 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Wow Katie, Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been stuck in a career/study cross roads, hesitant to take a leap of faith from design to photography. This post has just given my a massive dose of inspiration to take the road less traveled and follow my heart. Mmmmwhaaaa xx

  45. August 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

    your photos are absolutely stunning! congrats on your 2 new cookbooks!

  46. August 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Unbelievable post! Very happy for you and congratulations on your news!

  47. August 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I have been a silent wanderer when it comes to blogs. I couldn’t stop myself from writing how beautiful and stunning your images are. Just STUNNING. A big Congrats on the books and keep your beautiful pictures coming. xo

  48. Karen
    August 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Holy cow! Congrats on the books. I look forward to getting them for Christmas!

    An amazing post…can I make a suggestion? I love your photos and adventures so much. Would it be possible to break them down into smaller chunks? I find I can’t take it all in when there is so much and would love to see something from you more often with maybe one place in there at a time. Hoping this wouldn’t create more work as you are in so much demand, but it would help “take it all in”.

    Thanks for your wonderful art!

  49. Penny
    August 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Wow Katie!!! these images are truly amazing and beautiful….I love how you capture the very essence of these places – the people, the food and the beautiful and unique architecture……you obviously had a wonderful time, I imagine there was so much to see and you gave in to the temptation of taking photos of practically as much as you could!!

    I cant wait for your new book – I am truly inspired with your styling and your recipes…I tell all my friends about your website and your blog so they too are addicted. CONGRATULATIONS!

  50. Liz Thomas
    August 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Ah Dublin!!! I’m originally from Anglesey, not far from Holyhead! Haven’t been to Dublin in years. I’ve lived in Southern China for the past 37 years!

    What an amazing collection of photos, really had me going. I’d love to go to Italy.

    Congratulations on the book deals, how very exciting for you.

    Cheers!
    Liz

  51. Tami
    August 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Beautiful!!! I am so excited to hear about your second book coming! I just adore your first! Thank you! You are extremely talented!

  52. August 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Hey there,

    A London friend turned me on to your work. Your shots are amazing and these photos of Italy make me wish I was there now.

    Quick question, couldn’t get over how good the photo quality was in all conditions. What do you shoot with, looking to get a fab camera.

  53. August 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Sono letteralmente innamorata della costiera Amalfitana, nonché delle tue foto, del tuo inconfondibile stile! Sono felicissima per te per i nuovi libri, meriti tanto successo! Sei d’ ispirazione, tanto nelle mie corde. Mi auguro ci sarà una traduzione in italiano dei libri, dimmi di si? Complimenti di cuore cara, Anna

  54. bellyfulloffood
    August 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Your photos are amazing. Always love your recipes in Delicious also

  55. August 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Wow, what a monster post!
    Wow, stunning pictures!
    Wow, TWO new cookbooks!

  56. Mariana
    August 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Great photos!!! Love them! Congratulations for your new books. I have the last one and I´ve enjoyed it lots!!!!

    Thankyou for sharing!!!

  57. August 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Beautiful!

  58. August 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Wooow Katie,

    The good news are so exciting as your photographs. I’m waiting forward to reading the new book. I live in Spain and I brought the first book when it was published in Australia, I couldn’t wait until the book was published in Europe and It was very exiting when finally I receviced it. Your work is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations.

  59. August 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Nice photos! Could you tell me please what material (in particular the lenses) do you use? Thank you for sharing your travel impressions with us! :)

  60. August 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Phew! What a marathon! I am so impressed you processed, sorted, selected and managed this post in a bare week of returning (jet lagged!). Your energy defies us lesser foodie mortals. Not sure the word ‘post’ applies to this, so I can sense what awaits us in your upcoming books…(thank goodness a year to go til the first is published as I am cooking through WKA still!).

    Living in the Med myself, having left London 19 years ago, I recognise that Mediterranean ‘light’ instinctively. And the stray cats! Do I have a fave pic from all these? The Giuseppe Tornatore ‘Cinema Paradiso’ style wedding for sure. Perhaps the giant lemons (whose special botanical name eludes me) or the Parmesans on shelves? The crazy maiolica floor?
    You didn’t make Sicily? If you did, you’d be near to me (Malta) and even crazier southern Mediterranean living. I’d love to see your lens focused on a mad mid-med festa! Last thing – the light – do you use a filter or post-process? Amazing harsh edges to the photos which I love. Well done Katie, now start your ‘holiday’!

  61. Kristina
    August 9, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Wow, wow and wow!!! Amazing photos .. ammmmaaazzzzzing I was wondering where u were.. Congratulations on the book deals .. So fab. U deserve it.. What a life you lead.. Cherish and Enjoy Mwahhhhhh x

  62. Emma
    August 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I love the blog post, I was in the Amalfi myself this summer and think you captured it perfectly in your shots. I’m also delighted you have more cookbooks planned, I have the first one and love it!

    I was just wondering did you forget to put in the shots of Dublin as I couldn’t see them (unless my computer wasn’t loading all the photos properly). I live in Dublin and so was looking forward to seeing them :)

    Emma

  63. August 9, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Congratulations on the book news! So exciting. And what beautiful pictures. I was just in Italy a couple months ago and didn’t want to leave! Your photography really captures the sense of the “place”, I think!:)

  64. Marcela
    August 10, 2013 at 12:41 am

    That´s fantastic, congretulations, which camera did you use?
    Tks
    Marcela

  65. Lisa
    August 10, 2013 at 5:28 am

    This post has made my day!!! You captured the beauty and the food so perfectly!

  66. August 10, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Such an amazing post with so many stunning images! What an awesome trip that was, and the Italian food tour? Very hungry right now after reading about it. Love all their heirloom tomato shots, too. Such unique shapes and colors. And HURRAYYY!!! Can’t wait for your two new cookbooks to come out :)

  67. August 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Dear Katie ,
    your photos are incredible! I could think of no better way than to spend my morning drooling over all your fabulous images with a lovely cup of coffee.
    An emerging photogrpher myself I went to Europe earlier in the year and loved the experience of recording this journey . Your photos have inspired me and I am so excited about the 2 new cookbooks! Can I ask – what camera gear did you travel with ? just your usual kit or did you downsize? Keep doing what you are doing! Can’t wait to see images from Dublin. Hannah xx

  68. August 11, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Simply stunning. Thank you Katie for sharing your breathtaking holiday with us. The Amalfi Coast is a wondrous treasure – one that we are all blessed to experience through your eyes. Cheers!

  69. August 11, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Congratulations on the new 2 books deal!!!!!! I love your first book, and hope it will be translated in Thai language one day. :)

  70. August 11, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Amazing amazing trip and images!

    Congratulations on your two new book projects and James Beard award! That is incredible! I was recently introduced to your blog and just received your first cookbook. I can’t wait to get reading and cooking!

    Your images look like film but I think you are shooting digital from one of the photos???

  71. Christine
    August 11, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Congratulations on the books and this magnificent post – it’s superb.

    p.s. I thought you were going to say you were preggers too! ;-)

  72. August 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Katie, you’re beautiful photos!
    You have a great holiday, who has photographed you? very nice pictures:)
    I wanted to thank you again for semifreddo-a very good recipe:)

    Julia (Germany)

    • Katie
      August 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Julia – that was my hubby Mick who took the shot of me :) he’s getting good at it!

      • August 21, 2013 at 6:20 am

        he has done very well:)
        you two are a talented family!

  73. Blanca
    August 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Hello katie… Congratulations for you post… Your photos are so beautiful…..fresh.. Vintage….!!!!!!…when i read that your book is going to be translate to spanish I couldn’t believed.. Do you know in which month could we get an item of your book? … I want to put it inmediately on my wish list !!!!!!!

    Thank you very much and congeatulations for your new to books!!!!

  74. Blanca
    August 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    ……
    Hello katie… Congratulations for you post… Your photos are so beautiful…..fresh.. Vintage….!!!!!!…when i read that your book is going to be translate to spanish I couldn’t believed.. Do you know in which month could we get an item of your book? … I want to put it inmediately on my wish list !!!!!!!

    Thank you very much and congeatulations for your new to books!!!!

    • Katie
      August 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Blanca I am not sure yet but I’ll try and get an idea for you. x

  75. August 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    These are stunning photos Katie! I can’t wait to get the opportunity to return to Italy! Well done your new book deals, congratulations!

  76. August 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Oh I can’t wait on the TWO (!!!) new books! So exciting Katie, congratulations.

    Oh and this whole post? Delicious! I don’t think you could ever post too much ;P

  77. August 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    such lovely photographs! absolutely stunning!
    And…
    congratulations!!!! on the book deals ~ i can’t wait for them to be released!!

  78. August 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Wonderfull words and pictures. Greetings from Croatia!

  79. Ann
    August 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Congrats Katie, 2 new books! Amazing! Love this post. Still no news on the Dutch translation? ;)

  80. Lauren
    August 13, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I feel as though I’ve vacationed just by looking at your photographs! Thank you for sharing. You are so very gifted!!

  81. August 13, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Exquisite. You have an artful edge to your imagery that is breathtaking. While I have followed you for some time, I’ve never before left a comment… congrats on your recent book deal. It is so very deserving. Beautiful post!

  82. August 13, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Such stunning photos – and amazing, I cannot wait to read your new books!

  83. Marco
    August 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I live in germany and bought a copy of the book. Thank god they sticked to the original title and didn’t translated it, that would have been awful (they do it with movies over here which mostly ends in unspeakable tragedies).
    No need to say that this post is great. I wouldn’t have scrolled all the way down to the end of the internet if it wasn’t worth it.
    And I may be the first to tell, but your snapshots are pretty decent.

  84. maria
    August 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    you brought tears to my eyes….that’s how beautiful these pictures are!!! i love ITALIA i have been twice there and i can’t get enough of the country or its people or the amazing food….thank you for loading all these pictures…to take us with you through your journey….it will take hours to pin all those pics lol

  85. Marina
    August 13, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Love your Positano pictures!!! congratulations with your 2 books!

  86. August 14, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Hi Katie! Two months ago, I found your blog and a week later, I had already received your book! I love it and I can’t wait for the next one! I’m from Canada and English is not my first language (this is why my English is not so good…) but I bought your book in English even if it was translated into French (my first language). So, maybe you didn’t know but your first book is available in French too!!! :)
    So, I just want to say that I really appreciate your blog and your book! Photography is now for me more than a pastime and I hope to work in this field very soon.
    And before I forget, I dream about a trip in Ireland! See you! :)

  87. August 14, 2013 at 3:52 am

    WOW!!! What a revelation!!! I can’t wait for your new bookS ( :D ) !
    Your holidays have been really awesome, I’m Italian and I know very well all those places, but the way you captured them caught the real essence of those cities (expecially Bologna!) Wonderfull!
    Now it’s just time to keep calm and… wait both for your 2 new books and the Dublin pics ;)

    • Katie
      August 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Cheers for the compliment re. the pics. I adore Italy, wish I could get back there more frequently. Might have to move back to Dublin ;)

  88. August 14, 2013 at 4:39 am

    That has got to be the perfect European trip to my mind. I’m moving back to Dublin after 4.5 years away and so excited about how great the food scene has become since I left. So many new places I want to try.

    Venice and the Amalfi Coast are my two absolute favourite places in Italy. Your photos are incredible. London is my old hometown, I miss walking to Borough Market to pick up food on Saturday morning. Looks like you had a great trip.

  89. August 14, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Oh, and congratulations on the book deal!

  90. August 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Wonderful post! Your pictures are fantastic! I adore Venice.

    I just got back from a 5 week trip myself – except mine was through South America, Ah, how wonderful travel is!!

    Clare x

  91. lury
    August 14, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Those are great photos as always you have out done yourself. Thanks for sharing
    Lury

  92. August 15, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I love all these photos which show not only how much talented you are but how live is beautiful, as well. I watch this amazing pictures with a great smile!
    Thank you.

  93. Jess
    August 16, 2013 at 11:23 am

    katie,
    your timing of this post could not have come at a better time!
    my partner and i are heading to spain (barcelona) and italy (amalfi, bologna, tuscany, rome) in september/october and your beautiful photos have provided me with so much inspiration (and my excitement level has just increased 10 fold)!
    x

  94. August 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    A poet of photography.

  95. August 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Brilliant news, glad to hear there’s not one but two new books on their way and many more fans to come. Congrats

  96. Ezilce
    August 17, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I didn’t know your blog! I’ve found it through Rita Lobo and something she posted about your book which is going to be published here in Brazil. I was delighted with the pictures! Such beautiful and amazing shots!!! Congrats!!!! You’ve got a new fan, I’m sure about that! ;)

  97. Amy
    August 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Wowee!! Katie, I was in absolute awe of your post. I was doing some research into starting up my own blog and came along to get some inspiration from yours. Needless to say that was about an hour ago as I have just been trawling through your beautiful photos and words. You must be so super excited in all that you have achieved so far and in the years ahead. Congrats on the 2 new cookbooks, I will be purchasing these for sure. Your first one is one of my faves, and I have quite a collection. Hehe. Thank you for being so inspirational. : )

  98. August 20, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I really loved to see Italy through your eyes, my country looks wonderful in your images.
    Happy to know about your outcoming books, they already have a place next to the first one! And hope you can ever be back to Italy with a food lesson course, who knows…

    Zaira xx

  99. Cate
    August 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

    These are absolutely beautiful pictures and makes me want to go.Thank you so much for sharing.

  100. August 20, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Absolutely stunning and overwhelming pictures. Congratulations on the well deserved James Beard Award. I can not wait to see the direction your next two books will take.

  101. Kathy
    August 21, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Photos have unbelievable clarity, you are so talented!

  102. August 22, 2013 at 2:48 am

    So many stunning pictures! I am very much looking forward to your new books.

  103. Rebecca
    August 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

    So excited for you Katie, can I put in my pre-orders for your books now?!! Cannot wait till they hit the bookshops, I absolutely love your posts, first cookbook and great to see your career continue to soar!

  104. Anne
    August 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Wow, your pictures are magical! What camera are you using? Do you do a lot of editing to receive this type of light or do you use filters? So excited to see your Dublin pictures and I can’t wait for your new book, of course:)

  105. hen
    August 23, 2013 at 12:48 am

    and I thought only Greece had the most wonderful summer sites :-D

  106. August 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Just found your blog! S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.!

    Looking up the Savoy. NEED to visit there this FALL!

  107. August 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Stunning. That is all I can muster. Thank you for sharing. :)

  108. August 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    First of all- Congrats on the book deal!!!!!!! Can’t wait to add the next 2 to the first! And WOW the photos in this post are stunning! thanks for sharing!

  109. Helen
    August 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    What absolutely beautiful photos! They really make me want to go to Italy… You are super talented, makes me want to pick up photography too:p

  110. Brooke
    August 26, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I have finally had time to have a look at this post. Monday morning, work time and you have just put a pep in my step for the week. Wow, these photo’s are exquisite. You’ve just transported me out of my beige little work cubicle. Thank you!

  111. August 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    wow! what an amazing piece of article with lots of nice photos.
    congratulations on a new book too!

    Jane

  112. August 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    wow!! Your pictures are stunning!! :)
    Italy looks like THE place to be – what an amazing time!
    me and my family and going over New years eve this year (to the amalfi coast and all the way up to venice), it sure will be so different – but italy looks just like a dream in summer! perfection :)

    and soooo excited for your next cookbook!! Congrats!!! :D
    i must say, your food photography really is an inspiration :)
    october 2014 can’t come quick enough :P

    looking forward to the next spread in Delicious
    and best of luck for everything! :)

    Bec

  113. purita
    August 29, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I also enjoyed japan so much! nice work. congratulations to you all.

  114. August 29, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Ok I have to admitt that even though I visit your blog everyday without failure, I do leave many comments but Trust me I did leave a comment on this post n now I don’t see it…. I dunno what happened but I will say it again… Big CONGRATULATIONS on the book deals!!!!!!
    I as many many other fans of urs cannot wait to hold them in my hand n enjoy them as I do your first book.
    Also I have to say I’m in love with this post… The colors, the captures, the emotions n every pic is beyond beautiful… Travel photography is not easy, most of the time people end up capturing architecture n buildings but they look flat but your composition n colors n lights are just amazing…
    Your work inspire me everyday n gives me courage to grab my camera n get out of my doorsteps inspired and ready to see beauty of the world….
    So once again a Big Congratulation on your books nd Thank you for inspiring me day after day everyday.

  115. August 29, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Wow!!! Those pics really are amazing!

  116. August 30, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I love this country

  117. August 31, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Stunning pictures, I want to travel to all these places, like right NOW!!! That basket of lemons….lemonade…. Gongratulations on all your success, when your good at something good things come your way :-)

  118. August 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Katie these photos are incredible! I’ve visited these places and wish I could go back and take all my shots again! Seriously beautiful.

    You’re blog and career story inspired me to move into photography from design and I can’t thank you enough for being the push I needed.

    Can’t wait for the next books!! x

  119. /fæn/
    September 1, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Adore your pictures and editing. :)

  120. September 2, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Wow, absolutely beautiful and so delicious! What a summer! Congrats on the new cookbooks!

  121. September 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    This is what should be called art. Always great pleasure in watching your photos.

  122. Jillian
    September 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Loved looking at your beautiful photos of Positano. We have just come back from there also and just loved every minute of it. Your photos have brought back such a great memories. I am going out to to buy your book and will be looking forward to seeing your next 2 very soon. You have inspired me to get my photos put into a beautiful coffee table book – thank you for this.

  123. Amy Wyatt
    September 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Such amazing images! I think you really captured the essence of Italy. Cannot wait to buy your two new books. Love love love the first! October 2014…such a long time to wait! Can’t wait to read the Dublin feature in Delicious Magazine. Amalfi Coast and Bologna are now top of my list! As a travel agent, I love the list of hotels you mentioned. I have suggested these to many happy clients before. You have inspired me to try harder with my own blog. xx

  124. October 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I really like the italian lifestyle unbealivable shown in this beautiful pictures. Wine, breat and living without stress. Really nice

  125. Taryn
    October 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Seriously AMAZING!!! Absolutely love all your photos and have added this to my travel list for the future! Congratulations on the book deals as well! Can’t wait to check them out.

  126. Sophia
    July 1, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Those are soooo beautiful pictures!
    I can’t stop looking at the first two pictures of Positano and the Capri beach. I would love to frame them and put them on my walls. Can I buy them somewhere or download them in high resolution?

  127. August 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Your pictures are breathtaking. Makes you want to drop everything and just travel the world.

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