A love letter from two Americans to their adopted city, showcasing modern dishes influenced by tradition, as well as the rich culture of their surroundings.
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, journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill 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.
Foreward by Mario Batali
About the Authors:
KATIE PARLA moved to Rome in 2003 after graduating from Yale. She holds a sommelier certificate and a master’s degree in Italian gastronomic culture from Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”. She writes about Roman food and beverage culture for The New York Times, The Guardian, Australian Gourmet Traveller, and more, and has contributed to and edited more than 20 travel guides. She is the author of a Saveur-nominated food and travel blog, National Geographic's Walking Rome, and the iOS apps Katie Parla's Rome and Katie Parla's Istanbul. She often appears as a Rome expert on the Travel Channel, History Channel, and the university lecture circuit.
KRISTINA GILL is the food and drinks editor at DesignSponge.com, a home and lifestyle site with over 1.2 million readers per month. Her original recipes, and those she hand-selects from celebrated authors, chefs, and readers have appeared weekly as the “In the Kitchen With” column since 2007. She is also a food and travel photographer. Kristina transferred to Rome in 1999 after earning her BA from Stanford and her MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
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Praise for Tasting Rome
“Tasting Rome captures the beauty of artisan food! The combination of recipes and photographs makes me feel as if I am back in Rome.”
author of My Pantry
“Tasting Rome is the definitive vehicle for viewing Roman culture through its food.”
host of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
“Tasting Rome is as much a comprehensive study as it is a love affair with one of my favorite cities in the world.”
author of Mastering Pasta
“I plan to keep learning from Tasting Rome on repeated readings for years to come. This book is a gem.”
author of Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts
“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.”
author of Small Victories
“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.”
author of Near & Far
“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.”
editor in chief, PUNCH
“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.”
author of Pasta by Hand
“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!”
author of Bread Cake Doughnut Pudding
4/7/2016 Food 52's Burnt Toast Podcast "Drinking & Cooking Culture in Italy"
4/6/2016 Heritage Radio Network's The Speakeasy "Tasting Rome with Katie Parla"
4/6/2016 Bloomberg "To Make Foolproof Pizza, Bake it Upside Down"
4/6/2016 NYT "A Roman Past Recipe for Long Distance Runners"
4/2/2016 In Style "The Creamiest Cacio e Pepe Ever, Approved by Mario Batali"
4/1/2016 The Infatuation "Friday Fives: Katie Parla's Guide to Rome"
3/31/2016 Epicurious "Honey-Soaked Matzo Fritters"
3/30/2016 Andrew Zimmern "Leonardo Vignoli's Cacio e Pepe"
3/29/2016 Andrew Zimmern "Artichoke, Peas, Fava, and Lettuce Stew"
3/29/2016 Salt & Wind "24 Hours in Rome with Katie Parla"
3/29/2016 Salt & Wind "Leonardo Vignoli's Cacio e Pepe"
3/29/2016 My Statesman "Food Matters"
3/29/2016 Radio NZ "Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan"
3/29/2016 The Gannet "Q&A with Katie Parla"
3/28/2016 Princeton Packet "Katie Parla Shares a Taste of Rome"
3/28/2016 Princeton Packet "From Rome with a Love For Food"
3/25/2016 Conde Nast Traveler "Katie's Roman Pizza Tour of NYC: Brooklyn Bread Lab"
3/25/2016 Vogue "5 Under the Radar Restaurants in Rome"
3/25/2016 Tastebook "10 Things We've Learned From Tasting Rome"
3/24/2016 PUNCH "The Best Drink Books of Spring/Summer 2016"
3/23/2016 Lucky Peach "Pizza Bianca e Pizza Rossa"
3/23/2016 Lucky Peach "Pizza Romana"
3/22/2016 Pure Wow "Spring's Best Cookbooks"
3/18/2016 The Splendid Table "Katie Talks Tasting Rome with TST's Rebecca Sheir"
3/18/2016 The Splendid Table "Leonardo Vignoli's Cacio e Pepe"
3/18/2016 Conde Nast Traveler "Katie's Roman Pizza Tour of NYC: Sullivan Street Bakery"
3/16/2016 Tasting Table "The Best Cookbooks and Memoirs of the Spring"
3/15/2016 Fête-A-Tête "2016 Cookbooks We're Super Psyched For"
3/11/2016 Conde Nast Traveler "Katie's Roman Pizza Tour of NYC: Part 1: Marta"
3/11/2016 Tasting Table "Tasting Rome's Spaghetti alla Gricia"
3/11/2016 Tasting Table "Rome Sweet Home"
3/9/2016 Saveur "The 7 Spring Cookbooks We Can't Stop Reading"
3/2016 Turkish Airlines - Skylife "Roman Culinary Empire"
3/1/2016 La Repubblica "Mangiare a Roma? Suggerimenti Di Due Esperti Americani"
3/1/2016 Conde Nast Traveler "Mario Batali & Katie Parla's Guide to Eating in Rome"
2/24/2016 Eater “Here's Every Spring 2016 Cookbook That Matters”
2/3/2016 Epicurious “The 30 Most Exciting New Spring Cookbooks”
2/15/2016 Sunday Times Magazine “4 Things We Learnt…About Rome’s Food Scene”
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