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If you like traditional, seasonal food, the Tuscan countryside
and a genuine approach to life, we’re the right people!

Juls' Kitchen

Giulia Scarpaleggia

I am a Tuscan born and bred food writer, cookbook author, food photographer and cooking class instructor.

I started from a deeply rooted passion for my food and heritage which turned into my blog, Juls’ Kitchen, in 2009. I was very lucky because after a few years I was able to turn what I love most into my full-time job, combining teaching cookery classes with food writing and photography.

Then I met web designer and photographer Tommaso, who is now my husband. We’ve been working together since 2015. All the photos that you see on the blog or on Instagram are either taken by me or by him.

Tommaso “tommyonweb” Galli

I was born in Florence, but I am partially from Salento, Apulia. For this reason, I love eating rustici and pasticciotti. I moved in with Giulia in 2015, and we immediately started working together. I am a photographer and podcast producer.

I give my contribution to Juls’ Kitchen with my experience and passion for Digital Communication. I manage the social channels and I help Giulia with the editorial plan and the development of new projects. I am also an amateur graphic designer and video maker, as I am the man behind the camera when we film our video recipes. Read more about me on my blog.

We teach Tuscan cooking classes, now also virtually, and maintain a blog, but we also have a newsletter and since 2019 also a podcast in English called Cooking with an Italian Accent. Furthermore, we also consult and work for food brands and magazines to develop recipes. We also film video recipes and tutorials.

When Tommaso moved in, we decided to restore an old building in our premises to create the Juls’ Kitchen Studio, a space where we cook, take photos, film video recipes. Juls’ Kitchen studio hosts authentic Tuscan cookery workshops, but we also offer short courses in food writing, photography and branding.

Each year we host a Fettunta event in our garden surrounded by our olive trees. It’s a great way to meet fellow food enthusiasts and feast together. Fettunta is the other name we give in Tuscany to bruschetta, a toasted slice of bread doused in good olive oil.

Now Juls’ Kitchen is a diary of our life in Tuscany, a collection of authentic recipes inspired by tradition and seasonality, our favourite corner where I love to share a good story with you.

Our work has been featured by The Simple Things, The Foodie Bugle, JamieOliver.com, The Huffington Post, Great British Chefs, Great Italian Chefs, Manfrotto Imagine and more, BBC Good Food, Corriere della Sera.

Our cookbooks

My love for traditional family recipes brought me to write my first cookbook, My grandma’s recipes, a book in Italian and in English about the food we eat at home every day. In 2012 it was followed by I love Toscana, published by Food Editore, which was also translated into English, Dutch and Polish. In 2014 Cucina da chef con ingredienti low cost, published by BUR Rizzoli, followed, emphasizing on cooking on a budget. In 2015 I worked with Alberto Fiorito, a nutritionist, to write Cucina naturale: Frutta, published by Gribaudo, a book on healthy recipes with fresh and seasonal fruit. My fifth cookbook, La cucina dei mercati in Toscana, was published by Guido Tommasi Editore in February 2017, followed in 2018 by the English edition, From the Markets of Tuscany: A cookbook. We are currently working at our sixt cookbook with Artisan Books.

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