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Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City was officially released Tuesday (I know, I know, I have been talking about the book for so long it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been out forever!). The two-year process (from proposal to publication) is finally over and now the fun really starts!

So far the reception has been incredible, the press has been generous, and people have been cooking enthusiastically from the book. I woke up this morning to find fellow food journalist Karen Tedesco had roasted this beautiful porchetta inspired by Vito Beranbei (page 103).

Meanwhile in Australia, Y Lee had made a beautiful Torta Rustica (page 46).

Gustiamo's The Katie Parla Tasting Rome Box Best Food

My friends over at Gustiamo, the Bronx-based purveyor of fine Italian foods, have joined the festivities by offering a KP-curated Tasting Rome box. Each purchase includes an array of artisanal products and a copy of Tasting Rome! Full disclosure: I helped choose the items but will derive no revenue from this product. I am bad at business, perhaps, but I support small businesses with no expectation of monetary gain in return.

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If you haven’t already purchased a copy of Tasting Rome, I forgive you:) Order your copy from any retailer by April 12, enter the confirmation number from your receipt into this form and you will receive this gorgeous map designed by illustrator Lena Corwin (while supplies last; US residents only). If you’re located outside the US, I’ll be doing a number of giveaways next week and everyone (on Earth) is eligible for Thursday’s giveaway! Stay tuned!