/Gastronomic Traditions
16 09, 2017

Tasting Rome Talk at Google

2017-09-16T15:09:04+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Offal, Rome & Lazio, Travel|0 Comments

Last month I spent a couple of weeks in the Bay Area for work, mostly to shoot my next cookbook with the very awesome photographer Ed Anderson and the super incredible food stylist George Dolese. Even though #UntitledSouthItalyCookbook is pretty much complete, the Tasting Rome tour continues! While I was out west, I was lucky [...]

31 08, 2017

Focaccia Pugliese Recipe

2018-08-06T03:30:23+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Pizza, Puglia, Recipes|1 Comment

Just as Naples is the capital of Italy’s thick-rimmed wood fired pizza pies, Bari and its surrounding Pugliese towns are home to a beloved regional flatbread, focaccia. This high-hydration, olive oil-rich dough is baked in cast iron pans at places like Panificio Fiore on Strada della Città in Bari Vecchia. The pan is drenched in [...]

3 08, 2017

South Italy Cookbook Recipe: Frittelle di Zucchine

2017-08-09T17:49:15+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Recipes|3 Comments

Photo Credit: Nate Appleman Frittelle di Zucchine | Zucchini Patties I handed in my manuscript for Untitled South Italy Cookbook earlier this week (check out the hashtag on Instagram for a visual sneak peek--much more to come when I head out to Berkeley to shoot the studio shots with the great Ed Anderson and [...]

13 04, 2017

Recipe: Abbacchio alla Romana | Roman-style Suckling Lamb

2017-04-13T11:13:49+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Meat, Recipes|4 Comments

Abbacchio—a suckling lamb that is about a month old and weighs no more than 15 pounds— is a springtime fixture on Rome’s tables. In the days leading up to Easter, we place special orders with our butcher (shout out to Roberto Liberati) for a whole abbacchio, then marinate it and roast it the with salted [...]

11 04, 2017

Recipe: Lalek (Charoset) for Passover

2017-06-18T23:05:38+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Jewish/Kosher, Recipes, Rome & Lazio|1 Comment

Passover began on Monday and as Rome's Jews gather to observe this sacred holiday, I think it's important to acknowledge the city's most recent community, which escaped from Libya in 1967. In the wake of the Six Days War, years of Jewish persecution by the Libyan state erupted in violence. Thousands of Jews were evacuated to [...]

1 01, 2017

Trattoria Al Moro Serves Roman Classics Near the Trevi Fountain

2017-02-17T15:14:44+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |4 Comments

In most cases, a Roman menu featuring over a hundred items is a big old bandiera rossa signaling you've landed in a tourist trap. Trattoria menus in particular tend to be focused, featuring a handful of local dishes under each heading, often reflecting the season or the day of the week (giovedì gnocchi, venerdì pesce, [...]