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Even 150 years after unification, Italy is still a divided nation where individual regions are defined by their local cuisine—mirrors of their culture, history, and geography. But the cucina romana is the country’s greatest standout. Speakeasies, ten-table restaurants, and street food stalls may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of Rome, but these new realities have joined the traditional bars and trattorias of the Italian capital as bastions of great food and drink. In Tasting Rome, co-authors Kristina Gill and Katie Parla capture Rome’s unique character and truly evolved food culture—a culmination of two thousand years of history.
The recipes here, each selected for the story it tells, acknowledge the foundations of the cuisine and demonstrate how it has transitioned to the variations found today, ranging from genuine classics to fascinating but largely undocumented Libyan Jewish fare to centuries-old offal preparations, and so much more. Part cookbook, part travel memoir, this book transports all of the flavors of Rome into your kitchen.
“Tasting Rome captures the beauty of artisan food! The combination of recipes and photographs makes me feel as if I am back in Rome.”
“Tasting Rome is the definitive vehicle for viewing Roman culture through its food.”
“Tasting Rome is as much a comprehensive study as it is a love affair with one of my favorite cities in the world.”
“I plan to keep learning from Tasting Rome on repeated readings for years to come. This book is a gem.”
“Reading Tasting Rome is like getting a private tour of the city with two of the most-in-the-know Roman transplants. The recipes are refreshingly not trendy: They’re old school and old world and I’m so happy these two made such an effort to preserve and celebrate them.”
“For years I’ve used Katie and Kristina’s on-point insights and recommendations when traveling to Rome. I’m thrilled, now, to be following them into the kitchen, recipes and inspired photographs in tow.”
“I dare you to get more than 10 pages into this book without attempting to purchase a plane ticket to Rome. Impeccably researched and beautifully designed, Tasting Rome is essential reading for anyone who has ever twirled pasta around a fork.”
“Tasting Rome is not just a cookbook! Katie and Kristina pack in history and culture into the story of Rome’s rich and delicious food history. Their narrative draws on the ancient, creative, and progressive interpretation of an Italian regional style, all of which are timeless and continue to be relevant, fundamental, and influential in modern international cuisine.”
“In Tasting Rome, Kristina and Katie have brought Rome to you with a festival of food and drink. It’s such a gorgeous book with well thought out recipes—I’m booking my plane tickets now!”