Friday, April 24, 2015

Eating Rome by Elizabeth Minchilli Book Review

One of the great perks of being a blogger is we have the opportunity to check out many cool products. I was thrilled when the publisher for Eating Rome Living the Good Life in the Eternal City by Elizabeth Minchilli contacted me about a review. My Mom and I currently have so many cookbooks that I now just tell folks "oh that is my cookbook collection". I am trying to downsize these days, but so many we have have such great recipes. This book is really quite wonderful, and is a mid-size paperback which is nice to take with you on the road to read. Let's take a peek inside: 
Artichokes are pretty popular in Italian recipes. My Aunt used to make them with a filling, but my Mom never seemed to make them in our home. For me, they are alot of work to eat, but in this book you learn all about them, and how best to eat them. Everything you read about in this book talks about foods that are in season and fresh.  
Cooking with Mama chapter has a special place in my heart. The Italian "Ma" as mine was called, is your first experience with a chef. I think every Italian Mom is a chef. They all know how to cook so darn well, it can be intimating. Most children of Italian parents get exposed to cooking very early in life, which is so fabulous!  
The chapter on pancetta is really great as well. She explains the history of pancetta, Italian bacon, how to eat pork when in Rome. I like the way she gives you wonderful recipes, as well as tips of the best way to enjoy these foods while in the city of Rome!  
Sardines are another big ingredient in Italian cooking. My Mom liked to eat them by themselves, they are very good for you health wise. There is a great recipe for pasta with sardines and roasted tomatoes in this book.  
How to Eat Pasta like a Roman is a great chapter, with many fabulous recipes for you to try. 
A really interesting chapter about Grappa, which is a popular Italian type of wine. It seems from this book, the Grappa you will find when in Rome is very different from what you find in the USA. Guess we all have to travel to Rome to try some authentic Grappa!  
The dessert section was my favorite, I see cannoli in that photo and the other dessert looks like a sweet type of ricotta filling. It would not take me long to love Roman pastry! How about you ? 

This book is a real treat! I would highly recommend for anyone planning to travel to Rome, those who are looking for authentic Roman recipes and wonderful history of Roman foods. The photos are gorgeous, and I like the size as well. Please let me know if you do pick this up how you like it, and if you have tried any of the amazing recipes! I think this would make a fabulous Mother's Day gift! 

You can purchase via Barnes and Noble, HERE, and I do not receive any commission from this link, but I like to promote them when I can. They are my to go bookstore (and cafe') ! 

PRAISE FOR EATING ROME
“Elizabeth Minchilli unlocks the secret door to reveal a thrilling world of Roman food - not just the best places to go but also why Italians adore them. I loved reading this deeply charming book and I can't wait to make the recipes!” —Ina Garten

One of the 8 Travel Memoirs that Will Inspire You to See the World in 2015  PeterGreenberg.com

“Minchilli's passion for food and Rome has produced a charming personal culinary itinerary and guidebook.”  Publishers Weekly

“A truly insider's culinary guide to Rome, Elizabeth Minchilli takes us into the trattorias, caff├Ęs, pizzerias, and gelaterias of Rome. Each time I've been to the city, I've turned to Elizabeth for advice and have never been steered wrong. In Eating Rome, she generously shares all she loves about this delicious city, including recipes and favorite addresses, with everyone, and makes me hungry to go back. In fact, after reading these pages, if you're anything like me, you'll be ready to book a flight to Rome - pronto!”David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen

PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH MINCHILLI
 “No one knows food in Rome like Elizabeth Minchilli does” — Frank Bruni of The New York Times

“Elizabeth Minchilli is my food guru in Rome.” —Evan Kleiman, Host of KCRW’s Good Food, Best-selling cookbook author and owner of AngeliCaffe

"Elizabeth is a food writer. Unsurprisingly, she knows all the best places to eat in Rome, including a gelateria that serves a frozen rice pudding (and if they don’t serve this kind of thing in heaven, then I really don’t want to go there.)"  —Elizabeth Gilbert, in Eat, Pray, Love

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ELIZABETH MINCHILLI is the author of six books on the joys of Italian life. She has written for over 40 magazines and today shares her passion for Italy through her blog and best-selling apps. She lives in a rooftop apartment in Rome with her husband, Domenico.


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