The food writer, who runs painting courses in her 18th-century Tuscan farmhouse, chooses the favourite dishes she cooks for guests

Amber GuinnessThe Times

To be honest, she had me with the view, so the fact that Amber Guinness is also a dab hand in the kitchen only makes an invitation to the family house in Italy even more of a golden ticket. The 18th-century farmhouse has commanding 360-degree vistas across olive groves, rows of cypresses and the valleys of southern Tuscany beyond. Yet it was no more than a building site when Amber’s parents, interior designer Camilla and Jasper Guinness, grandson of Diana Mitford, were tempted by an advertisement in The Sunday Times in 1989: “Run-down farmhouse on a hill, 30 minutes south of Siena,” it read.

“Arniano had a roof and windows, but not much else,” Amber recalls. “No electricity, no water and certainly not the elegant


Amber Guinness’s recipes from Tuscany