Antonio Carluccio Library and Archive

The personal library and archive of Italian cookery expert Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE, OMRI.

The Antonio Carluccio Library and Archive is the book collection and archive of the Italian cookery writer and presenter, cook, restaurateur and food expert. 

The library comprises his own published works as well as his collection of books which cover a wide range of culinary topics and are particularly strong in the areas of regional Italian cuisine, foraging and mushrooms.

The archive contains:

  • manuscripts with Antonio’s hand-written notes, proofs and first editions
  • press cuttings demonstrating the impact Antonio had on the food scene in the 1980s and 90s
  • films of his first appearances in BBC2’s Food and Drink programmes, his first independent series Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feast in 1996 and his last programme Antonio’s Six Seasons which combines Australian indigenous foraging and cooking traditions with Italian food culture.

We are very grateful to The Antonio Carluccio Foundation for the permanent loan of this collection to Oxford Brookes University Special Collections and Archives. Details of the work of the Foundation, set up by Antonio before his death, can be found on their website.

For a sneak peek at some of the items in the collection, open the doors of the exhibition calendar below.

Exhibition calendar

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