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Food of the Italian South Cookbook Now Available for Pre-Order!

I have a few super exciting things to announce! First, Untitled South Italy Cookbook finally has a title: Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes. The book also has a cover (focaccia!!!) and a publication date (March 12, 2019!!!). If it seems like a long time has passed since I first announced the book, you’re not wrong! Though I filed the manuscript last August and shot the book in Berkeley with the great Ed Anderson and George Dolese in September, the book’s publication date got moved to accomodate my writing another book with my friend Adam Leonti (Flour Lab: An At-Home Guide to Milling Grains, Making Flour, Baking, and Cooking, all about making pasta, pizza, bread, and pastry, comes out next September!).

I CANNOT wait for you to see Food of the Italian South in the spring and I will be taking the book and its recipes on the road to Philly, NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, Cincinnati, Montreal and so many more cities, so stay tuned for book tour dates–I’ll start posting about scheduled dinners and speaking engagements later this year. In the meantime, you can pre-order the book by following the links below. Be sure to hold onto your proof of purchase, as I will be giving away a very awesome PDF guide to eating, drinking, and exploring the South to everyone who pre-orders!

So what’s the book all about? It covers the food, wine, and digestivi from my favorite regions: Campania, Molise, Calabria, Puglia, and Basilicata. I am so excited to share these often overlooked regions with you and the book does so with 85 recipes and many features covering topics like traditional Gragnano pasta, buffalo mozzarella, and the real origins of so-called Italian wedding soup. You’ll find recipes from remote mountain tows like Rotonda in Basilicata, seaside cities including Naples, and rural villages like Cerreto Sannita. I’m basically going to take you with me to eat and drink all across the lower peninsula and introduce you to the home cooks, cheese makers, fishmongers, butchers, and chefs who make simple, delicious, traditional foods and it is going to be delicious.

Photos: Ed Anderson

2018-09-11T06:32:46+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Categories: Basilicata, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Naples & Campania, Pizza, Puglia, Recipes|12 Comments


  1. Madonna Finney June 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Katie, we can’t wait to add this book to our collection and to our next visit to Italy, which will include a tour with you for sure! Madonna & Michael

  2. RICH DADAMO June 23, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie. Congratulazioni on your new book and your upcoming book tour. I hope you will consider adding the Smithsonian in DC to your tour. The Smithsonian Associates sponsors a number of book signing events as part of their Culinary Arts Program. It’s a very nice venue plus it will look great on your resume. 🙂 Let me know if you need more information about this program. Auguri!

    • Katie Parla June 24, 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Rich! That’s ace! would love more info. Will email you!

  3. Sheila June 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    so proud of you, as always!
    love, aunt sheila

  4. Andrea Orlando June 27, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Katie!! We love your first cookbook, and eager to get our hands on your new one about Foods of the Italian South!!
    Also eager to hear more about your PDF guide; we head to southern Italy for several weeks in Sept!!! (Puglia & Basilicata!)

  5. Mary Folley June 30, 2018 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Done and done! Now I have some deliciousness to look forward to! The book looks beautiful!

    • Katie Parla July 2, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      You’re awesome! Thank you!!

  6. Toby Cox August 13, 2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Really looking forward to this book! We had such a great time on your tour in July and look forward to your book tour which will, undoubtedly, include a stop in Salt Lake City! 😉

    • Katie Parla August 14, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      thanks, Toby! That means a lot! I’d love to hit Salt Lake City. Never been! Any venues I should consider for a book dinner?

      • Toby August 30, 2018 at 2:23 am - Reply

        Veneto is fantastic. Not quite Southern Italian fare, obviously, but authentic and the service is wonderful. If you are getting sick of Italian food (The horror!) Copper Onion or Table X are consistently excellent.

  7. Claire Fleisher January 29, 2019 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Pre-ordering now! We are coming to Italy in early May…hoping we can book a tour with you.

    • Katie Parla February 3, 2019 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      awww thank you!!

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