About Us & Contact


Please feel free to contact us about anything whether you need help with a recipe or business inquiries. Email: [email protected]

A Little About Us

Ciao, we’re Emily and Nathan, a Scottish couple from Edinburgh, Scotland. We’ve been together from the age of 17 (11 years…so crazy) and since then we have both LOVED to cook.

We have always had a passion for Italian food in particular so much so that it pushed us to move to Italy and experience it all for ourselves.

We spent 5 years living in Italy soaking up the culture, language, beautiful landscapes and best of all the incredible food! Within the first year of living there, we started this food blog so we could share everything we learned with you! Curious why we left Italy to move back home? Check out this post here.

P.S Be sure to follow us on Instagram to see behind the scenes, what we get up to in our kitchen and more about what we do every day!

What Inside The Rustic Kitchen is About 

Inside The Rustic Kitchen is a food blog dedicated to real good Italian food. That means you’ll see a mix of authentic and traditional recipes as well as Italian inspired recipes where we put our own spin on the classics.

Take this Strawberry Tiramisu for example, not what you’d find in a local trattoria but it’s our fun little twist and is insanely delicious. Want an authentic Tiramisu? We have that too and it’s exactly how it should be.

We work extremely hard testing our recipes so we can provide you with the very best including our top tips, variations, and ideas to make it your own. All our recipes come with easy to follow step by step instructions and photos to make it as easy as possible.

Quick and Easy Recipes

Like most people, during the week life is super busy and come dinner time we need something quick and easy. We make sure to create new recipes that are quick, easy but incredibly delicious on a weekly basis so you can still cook from scratch, in little time without compromising flavour!

Many of our recipes are healthy and there are plenty to choose from but when they are indulgent (there are many of those too) they are always 100% made from scratch with real ingredients. No packets, jars or pre-made sauces, ever.

Love to Cook?

If you love Italian food and love to cook you’ve come to the right place! As well as quick and easy recipes we also provide recipes for those that love to get in the kitchen and have some fun. That’s right, recipes for foodies!

Fancy making some pasta from scratch? Then check out our recipe for making homemade pasta dough then go a step further and make the most delicious ravioli!

Stuck with something? We’re always happy to help, just drop us an email at [email protected] or leave a comment on a particular recipe!

An overhead shot of beetroot ricotta gnudi

What You Will NOT See Here

  • We didn’t grow up with Italian-American dishes such as Fettuccine Alfredo and we aren’t familiar with them at all so you won’t see any of those classic dishes here. Most of the time we haven’t even tasted them so it wouldn’t be fair to publish recipes like that.
  • We’re also NOT the fun police so you won’t see us criticising food or variations of certain dishes. We will give you tips and tell you about what we’ve learned in Italy and why it’s made that way but you should always no matter what cook the food that makes you happy!
  • You will never see a recipe that’s made with packaged or pre-made ingredients.
  • We don’t follow trends so you won’t find unicorn spaghetti (no idea if that’s even a thing) over here.


Inside The Rustic Kitchen has been featured in The Huffington Post, She Knows, Country Living, Buzzfeed, MSN and many more trusted sites and online magazines.

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Work with Us

We provide food photography and recipe creation services and have worked with many top bloggers. If you’re interested in working with us then feel free to contact us at [email protected], we’d love to hear from you. 


  • Reply
    October 18, 2020 at 9:45 am

    I would love to buy a recipe book with all your recipes!

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    Nicole Ketcham
    September 6, 2020 at 2:22 am

    Hi Emily! We made the mushroom ravioli in the Parmesan cream sauce and it was fantastic!!! My question is what is a serving size? It says it makes 4-6 servings, but doesn’t say how many raviolis are in a serving. Thanks!

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    Louis Figurito
    April 29, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Emily & Nathan;

    I just stumbled on your site and it has some great ideas for Italian cooking, love it! Do you have a mailing list where you send out recipes? I know its not easy to keep up with but it would be great to hear from you! If not, I’ll just bookmark and check back!

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    March 1, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    so happy to have stumbled across you and your recipes… I was craving the Liver Crostini and yours was the closest to what had been described to me by my italian friends (unfortunately for me … they just list ingredients and expect me to know proper quantities) and the ever dreaded QB (quanta pasta) to taste… Im not a natural or gifted cook – I NEED QUANTITIES… so thank you and so looking forward to making it this week.

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      March 1, 2020 at 10:56 pm

      Hey laurie, ah yeah quanta basta is pretty much like to taste but other than salt and pepper it can almost be impossible to tell how much you need. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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    Kristi Sons
    November 15, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I love, love, loved your coconut porridge recipe with bananas. It is not here anymore on the site. Can I please have the recipe?

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      November 15, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      So happy you loved the recipe. It’s no longer on our site but I’ve sent the recipe to you via email! πŸ™‚

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    July 2, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Emily, I heard you on Dishing with Delishes today and had to look you up. I love what see on your blog, the recipes and the photos. I also use and entry level Nikon and blog about Italian recipes but have not totally niched down like you have. Looking forward to exploring more of your blog.

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      July 3, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Marcellina, thanks so much for stopping by that’s so nice of you! Your blog looks amazing, love the look of all your recipes, yum!

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    November 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Emily! I discovered your work thanks to the recommendation of a common blogger friend, Pina Bresciani, who nominated you for my Cannolo Award for promoting continental Italian cuisine in the world. I have already added you to the list – congratulations!

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    MinShien @ Joyous Apron
    April 10, 2018 at 5:49 am

    I recently found your blog on Pinterest and am just loving your recipe selections and lovely food photography. I absolute love Italian food and am looking forward to learning and trying out your authentic recipes! Thanks for sharing your cooking!

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    zouhair fiorino najjar
    February 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Hi…Awesome you are ..i share with you similar Love to everything Italian..My Body is from Middle East..But my Heart..Soul and thinking is Italian…Proud to follow you on all your social media account and to post from now onward your recipes on my several accounts…Mille grazie…Ti auguro buona e felice vita in Italia,,,,Fiorino

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    The Fat Kat
    November 25, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Hey Emily and Nathan! Thanks for dropping by my blog and liking a post. πŸ˜€ Those fennel rounds made me hungry. I think I should go grab a cookie. LOL!
    Anyway, hope to see you guys again (at my blog) soon. πŸ˜€ Happy Cooking!

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    October 20, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Hello there, Emily! What a sweet little blog you have here – I found you in Blogging 201. Firstly, YOU ARE IN ITALY!!! My favourite place ever… I have been there the two past summers and will soon be back for my second season skiing there… Aosta Valley. I love everything about Italy… the food, the people, the landscape, the history… wonderful. I am happy to follow! Your recipes look simply lovely! Mother Hen

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      October 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Hi there! Thank you again for the feedback, it’s great to have an honest opinion. Aw so glad you love Italy too, it really is amazing and so much to see! Skiing here must be so much fun. Also what a great blog you have. It’s so well laid out and I really like your theme and not to mention I love your style of writing, it’s great! I look forward to reading more! πŸ™‚

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        October 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm

        *blush* – thank you, Emily! You are such a sweetheart… I really appreciate your taking time to visit me! We ski the Aosta Valley, up by the Swiss border. It is STUNNING!! And the food… oh, the fooooood! xx

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    October 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I have nominated this post for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you wish to participate, check out the instructions here: http://betzceerambles.com/2014/10/06/its-an-honour-to-be-nominated-the-one-lovely-blog-award/

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    October 6, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Ciao! I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster blogging award, if you’d like to participate!


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    Angie K
    September 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    All I can say is wow, and yum! I will happily follow your blog, and hope to find inspiration in your recipes, as my imagination has stalled recently. I hope you’ll stop by, too, and maybe follow my blog back? πŸ™‚

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      September 28, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Hi Angie, thank you so much! I’ll definitely check out your blog! πŸ™‚

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        Angie K
        September 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

        πŸ™‚ Please do, thanks.

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    September 26, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Seems like you and your boyfriend are having a grand time! πŸ™‚ I wish had the skills in the kitchen because judging from your photos, the food you cook looks delicious! I bet it’s exciting to be a young couple in a foreign country πŸ™‚ Had a taste of it when I lived in Singapore with my husband for a few months πŸ™‚

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    September 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I just moved to Italy as well, from Brazil! It really is a risky decision, but this country is so amazing, there are so many things to discovers and SUCH GOOD FOOD! Hahaha I bet you two are loving it as much as I am. Good luck!!

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      September 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Wow, that’s great! We are loving every second. Where about in Italy have you moved to? Good luck to you too. πŸ™‚

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        September 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm

        I’m currently in Florence but thinking about settling in Milano some time next year. How about you?

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          September 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

          Beautiful, I’ve never been to Florence. I’m in a small town by the sea called San Vincenzo. It’s further south, about 40 minutes from Livorno. We’d love to see much more of Italia when we can, further north and south. There’s so much to see. πŸ™‚ I had a quick look at your blog, really interesting. Looking forward to having a proper look tomorrow :-).

          • flavialozano
            September 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

            Well, if you ever come to Florence, let me know! I’m only starting to explore the country as well, have only been to Milano and a few small cities around here, but I look forward to getting to know every bit of it! I hope you like my blog as much as I like yours, I already chose a few recipes to try on my own!

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    September 24, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Ciao! I love your recipes and photos! The colors really popular off the page!
    Italy is an amazing place and I’m sure you’ll learn the language quickly! This Italian -American will vouch for it!
    Grazie infinite e a presto!

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      September 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Ciao! Thank you so much. Oh I hope so, it’s definitely a challenge. It really is such an amazing place! πŸ™‚

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    September 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Some of these dishes look absolutely fantastic. As an individual who cannot cook much, I’ve decided to follow your blog, at the very least to get new ideas. Do keep them coming, and have fun in Italy!

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    September 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Wow, what a risk you guys took moving to Italia, how are you finding it so far? Sounds like a fantastic blog can’t wait to read more about your adventures in the kitchen!

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      September 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Hi, thank you so much. We’ve been really lucky so far meeting lovely people that just want to help. The language is challenging but I love learning it. Can’t wait to share more recipes with you all! πŸ™‚

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