Friday, March 11, 2016

Review: Tasting Rome by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 

I spent my last year in college in Rome, and ended up falling in love and staying for years after that. I'm fluent in Italian. I am Italian in origin - just take a look at my last name!

My son has been to Rome with me three times, my daughter twice. We spent a few weeks in a an apartment just off Piazza della Rotunda just this past summer.

Rome has such a special place in my life and my heart.

So when I was asked to review Tasting Rome I didn't hesitate. I'm always game for adding new, delicious Roman recipes to my repetoire.

My son and I in Rome, Summer 2015

Having lived on my own for the very first time in my life in Rome, I learned to cook a la romana in Rome. Quick meals in our home are bucatini all'amatriciana or spaghetti alla gricia. Comfort food for us is spaghetti cacio e pepe. I don't use a cookbook when I cook my Roman classics -- I just know from having cooked my beloved Roman dishes so many times. I miss so many things about Rome but by far il mangiar bene 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 culmination of two thousand years of history.


The photos in this beautiful book really capture the spirit of Rome, and make me miss my favorite city in the world more than ever. The recipes are selected for the stories they tell about the people of Rome, and taught me, the woman who thought she knew everything about Roman cuisine, a thing or two! For example, I never thought of using cacio e pepe as filling for suppli, (fried rice balls that my kids love). I never thought of serving pollo alla romana, (usually served as a summer platter of peppers stewed with chicken), on hearty sandwich rolls. I'm excited to try making pizzarelle, with honey and pine nuts. Though I'm not excited to try the quinto quarto  recipes ("the fifth quarter" - a.k.a. offal), I am excited to try some of the recipes that offer new-to-me takes on verdure (veggies) 

If you love Italian cooking, this book gives great insight and tasty recipes that feature the unbeatable cucina romana. Check out Tasting Rome, by journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill at your local library or bookstore today!

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