Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City
by Katie Parla (Author), Kristina Gill (Author)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (29 Mar. 2016)
Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.8 x 25.9 cm
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. In Tasting Rome, journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill capture Rome's unique character and truly evolved food culture-- a culimation 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: cacio e pepe is not only a peppery condiment for pasta, but also a filling for suppli, fried rice balls; pollo alla romana is served as a summer platter of peppers stewed with chicken, but also deboned and on hearty sandwiches. Parla and Gill focus, too, on cucina ebraica to highlight the role Rome's Jewish communities have had, bringing dishes such as hraimi con couscous, which incorporates spicy amberjack, and matzoh fritters, pizzarelle, with honey and pine nuts; celebrate the authentic quinto quarto ("the fifth quarter") offal, and luscious verdure, which grow all over; acknowledge the baked pizzas and breads that anchor everyday eating; and explore the ever-changing culture of sweets and cocktails.
With its forgotten recipes, beloved favorites, and street food innovations, the book transports all the flavors of Rome into your kitchen. Narrative features revealing bits of history and gorgeous photography that highlight both the food and its hidden city will immediately inspire you to start Tasting Rome.
You ll see Rome though the eyes and taste buds of Katie Parla and Kristina Gill in this attractive new cookbook. They lightly sketch Roman history through its neighborhoods and their culinary specialties, like offal in Testaccio, Jewish foods from the ghetto and the cooking of Libyan immigrants. Along the way, they describe old recipes that have gone out of fashion and how chefs innovate based on them. "New York Times"
A lively and educational read for anyone who has visited and fallen in love with the Eternal City, anyone planning a trip there (whether soon or someday), food history buffs, and fans of flatbread. "Epicurious"
A vivid portrayal of Roman food culture, both traditional and contemporary. "T Magazine
A fantastically detailed look into Rome's most remarkable dishes a new classic in the Italian food library. "Saveur
" ""Tasting Rome""explores both modern Roman cuisine as well as the history of flavors and recipes that have evolved with the city's population. "Eater
"The survey of Roman food culture [in "Tasting Rome"] highlights traditional and contemporary dishes alike, proving that you don t need to"parlare italiano"to master classics like cacio e pepe." "InStyle
"[This] excellent new cookbook celebrates Rome s exciting food scene with some easy innovations on classic Italian." Bloomberg.com
"When we think Rome, we think pizza and pasta (and can t get there soon enough). But Katie Parla and Kristina Gill, two Americans who have each lived in the Italian capital for more than a decade, want us to know that there s so much more to their adopted city couscous from Rome s ancient Jewish quarter, big platters of chicken stewed with peppers, creamy fish stews and peppery rice balls, to name just a few." "PureWow"
Atribute to the unique character of Roman cooking, its time-honored dishes, and its new creations rooted in traditional flavors [Parla and Gill] focus on the foods that highlight the spirit of Rome and make their selected recipes truly accessible for home cooks The perfect Roman holiday for every Italophile. " BookPage
The kitchens of Rome come alive in this cookbook celebrating classic and contemporary dishes from today s Roman table. In more than 85 recipes, food and travel journalists Parla and Gill bring their city s characteristic cuisine to the home cook [a] solid introduction to Roman cooking. "Publishers Weekly
"Atribute to the regional cuisine of Italy scapital and largest city. "Ebony
For foodies (and fans of Italy) around the world, this is a must-have for the kitchen library. "Skylife Magazine"
[In "Tasting Rome"], journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill go deep on the ancient and modern foods of Italy's capital city, where the traditions are as unique as the city is historic. Recipes run from the city's classic "cacio e pepe" and fried rice "suppli "to contemporary contributions from Rome's new generation of chefs.
This book captures the beauty of artisan food! The combination of recipes and photographs make me feel as if I am back in Rome. Alice Waters, chef/owner of Chez Panisse and author of "The Art of Simple Food"
"Tasting Rome "is the definitive vehicle for viewing Roman culture through its food. It is filled with exquisite recipes, fascinating craftspeople, accomplished chefs and stunning photography. They all make for a must have book for any food lover or home cook. Andrew Zimmern, chef and author
This book is as much a comprehensive study as it is a love affair with one of my favorite cities in the world. Marc Vetri, chef/owner of the Vetri Family of Restaurants and author of "Mastering Pasta""
"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. Tasting Rome celebrates the food, recipes, and culture of one of the world s great cities written and photographed by two women primed to know its stories and secrets " Heidi Swanson, 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. With verve and honesty, Katie Parla and Kristina Gill have painted a culinary portrait of a beautifully complicated city forever at the crossroads of past and future. Impeccably researched and beautifully designed, " Tasting Rome" is essential reading for anyone who has ever twirled pasta around a fork." Talia Baiocchi, editor-in-chief of "Punch"
I plan to keep learning from "Tasting Rome" on repeated readings for years to come.It is a gem. Brooks Headley, chef/owner of Superiority Burger
In a time when food trends seem to change by the hour, "Tasting Rome"is a delightfully devoted to tradition. This cookbook is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for your dinner table and is bound to make everyone excited to sit down and eat. Grace Bonney, founder of "Design*Sponge
Reading "Tasting Rome" is like getting a private tourofthe city with two of the most in-the-know Roman transplants. The recipes are so refreshingly "not" trendy: They'reold school and old world and I'mso happy these two made such an effort to preserve and celebrate them. Couple with Kristina Gill's incredible photography, this book is a keeper." Julia Turshen, co-author of "It s All Good"
"This 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. Jenn Louis, chef/co-owner of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern and 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!" Justin Gellatly, co-founder of Bread Ahead and author of"Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding""
About the Author
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. She writes about Roman food and beverage culture, and has contributed to and edited many travel guides. She writes for the blog ParlaFood.com and has created two mobile dining apps. She often appears as a Rome expert on the 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.