Inspired Recipe: Cioppino
I cracked open Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter while on vacation and read it from a point overlooking the jagged Maine coastline and azure Atlantic Ocean. Both this setting and the opening pages made me immediately want to make cioppino. Then, 43 pages in, the characters eat ciuppin, a soup of rockfish, tomatoes, white wine, and olive oil. My recipe was sealed.
A bite of cioppino can whisk you to both Italy and California, the novel’s two main settings. The fish stew is rough-hewn and adaptable, innately casual but with flavors that taste like you spent all day melding them together. You will not have to, though—you can easily make this dish in less than an hour, with enough time between steps to sip a glass of wine.
Note: For your cioppino, you can use any assortment of fish and shellfish—clams, scallops, lobster, etc.—you’d like.
Now that you’re good and hungry, read our recommendation of the book that inspired this recipe: Beautiful Ruins.