I quickly devoured EATING MY WAY THROUGH ITALY by Elizabeth Minchilli!
I was a big fan of EATING ROME a couple years ago. When I heard about this new book coming down the pike, well, you can only imagine my excitement. And rightly so.
The sub-heading says: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Table. That’s exactly what this book does. Minchilli takes readers on another journey inside the rest of Italy’s culinary treasure trove that’s just waiting to be explored. She shares stories of her own experiences and meals that have lead her off the beaten track to discover some of the lesser known places, people, and food. That’s what I love most about this wonderful book.
This is food and travel writing at its best! After a lifetime of living and eating in Rome, Elizabeth Minchilli is an expert on the city’s cuisine. While she’s proud to share everything she knows about Rome, she now wants to show her devoted readers that the rest of Italy is a culinary treasure trove just waiting to be explored. Whether it’s pizza in Naples, deep-fried calamari in Venice, anchovies in Amalfi, gathering and cooking capers on Pentelleria, or hunting for truffles in Umbria, each chapter includes personal stories, practical advice, and recipes.
I should mention that my header for the blog is a photo we took while at sea in a regatta on the coast of Amalfi. One of the most thrilling experiences we had in Italy!
I couldn’t resist posting a photo I took in Tuscany of artichokes growing wild in a field. Not something I see around here.
When in Venice Elizabeth shows you how to avoid the crushing crowds and step off the beaten path where you’ll cherish a new experience and find luscious small eateries. She often visits the islands of the lagoon which are less traveled and where you will have an opportunity for a more unique and lasting experience.
She has a listing for visiting farms in Umbria and a recipe for a goat cheese and kale salad that will have you salivating.
An entire chapter on olives and olive oil in Umbria. And did I mention how glorious the photos are? They are magnificent.
Then she is off and fishing for anchovies off the coast of Amalfi. Holy cow. I had no idea. What a story there.
This is a book I will never part with. Period. Every time I pick it up it reminds me of traveling through Italy. If you’ve traveled through Italy, you simply must have this book. If you are thinking of traveling in Italy, or, just love everything Italian, this is your book!
I have linked to Minchilli’s website where you will see how accomplished this woman truly is. She offers day-tripping tours through Rome and many other cities in Italy. You’ll meet local butchers, bakers, and discover out of the way cheese shops and eateries. Sign me up. I can tell you now that our next visit to Italy will entail at least one of Elizabeth’s offerings. Can’t miss it.
My amazing copy of EATING MY WAY THROUGH ITALY came from the wonderful publishing company of St. Martin’s Griffin in exchange for an honest review. I love it!!!