Saturday, April 11, 2015
Eating Rome - Review
Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City by Elizabath Minchilli
This book was like a trip to Rome in hardback form. The photographs are beautiful, the writing is like having a conversation with a good friend and the recipes look delicious and easy to follow.
The chapters cover pretty much every topic relating to food you can think of - shopping, breakfast, coffee, pasta and lots of other things. They were broken up in a similar way with 2 or 3 pages discussing the finer points of the topic, a few recipes based off the subject, and then followed with a short list of places that correspond with what she is talking about. There's a list of her favorite open air markets and coffee shops and all kinds of handy resources.
One thing that I really loved that I don't see often in any travel books is that she discussed those unwritten rules. Things like how to order coffee, eating outside (which is a big don't) and touching produce at markets (also a no). These are the little things that I always worry about when traveling to unfamiliar places so I really enjoyed that.
With travel type books I frequently find them a little boring unless it's a place I'm actively planning on going but that wasn't the case with this book. Minchilli manages a good mix of personal stories, humor along with advice and suggestions. This would be the perfect gift for anyone who is going to Rome, loves Rome, or wants to go to Rome. As for me, I'll be trying the recipes for Carbonara, Olive Oil Cake, and Cacio e Pepe and pretending the sights of Rome are just outside my window..
I'm linking up with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads