Tuscan food is some of the finest, not only in Italy, but in the world, and the Tuscan people are truly passionate about preserving their culinary heritage and regional ingredients. "Beaneaters and Bread Soup" tells the story of Tuscan food through 25 visual and written portraits of some of the region's most extraordinary gastronomic and food-related artisans. From a pasta maker to a bee keeper, a mushroom forager, a knife maker, a shepherd, and a chestnut grower. All of these individuals have been chosen for their particular genius, passion and the excellence of their work. The book also includes 90 authentic Tuscan recipes which have been contributed by the artisans to reflect the essential ingredients of Tuscany - from bread to olive oil and everything in between. As well as portraits of the artisans, the book also features truly superb photography from a leading photographer, including images of the producers themselves, their locations, their food and their work. The sumptuous pictures also capture the spirit of Tuscany - its abundant landscape, generous people and wonderful food.