About Carol Field

Carol Field is a food journalist who’s contributed to Bon AppétitFood & Wine, and Gourmet, and written nearly half a dozen cookbooks—In Nonna’s Kitchen, Focaccia, Italy in Small Bites, Celebrating Italy, and The Italian Baker—as well as the novel Mangoes and Quince. She’s won two IACP Cookbook Awards and a James Beard Award. She lives in San Francisco yet visits Italy frequently. @carolfield

Eight Italian breadsticks, or grissini, lined up next to each other.

Italian Breadsticks ~ Grissini Torinesi

Most Americans know grissini as those pale breadsticks in the long waxen envelopes at old-time Italian restaurants. How sad for us. Perhaps we can do something about that.

A loaf of ciabatta, sliced, and filled with large air holes

Ciabatta

Every once in a while, along comes a loaf of bread that’s so rustic, so memorable, it ruins every other bread experience. Here’s that loaf.

A plastic container of homemade Italian biga.

Italian Biga

Behind every unforgettable loaf of Italian bread you’ve daintily nibbled or hungrily inhaled is a biga, or starter dough, just like this one. Nonna not included.