I LOVE a beautiful cookbook and look for four components when I open one and those are: fabulous recipes, learn something about the culture and origin of the recipe, teaches you something new, and has beautiful photographs. All of my expectations were met and exceeded in the new cookbook Tasting Rome by Katie Parla and Kristina Grill have created and designed a beautiful collection of recipes.
The authors are clear that “it would be impossible to represent every aspect of the Roman dining experiences, we we instead selected our recipes to highlight the best of Rome.” In addition, the authors do not divide the book into traditional courses like antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce, but still do a great job making it easy to navigate the cookbook efficiently. I especially love that in addition to authentic Roman recipes the authors also choose to pay special attention to two minority cuisines, Roman Jewish and Libyan Jewish because they do have an important contribution to the history of Roman cuisine.
The recipes are great and I even found traditional recipes I have not found in other Italian cookbooks. The book is a beautiful balance of recipes, photography, and culture which makes you really enjoy reading everything the authors have to say. The recipes are very accommodating to cooking in your American kitchen. In addition to the food recipes, there is even a section on Roman Pub culture and great cocktails to mix for that Roman drink experience.
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it as an addition to your cookbooks. I was given this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review and I love this cookbook! You can find out more about the book and purchase it here