David Downie is a native San Franciscan, but has called Paris home since 1986. His travel, food, and arts features have appeared in more than fifty magazines and newspapers worldwide. His books includeFood Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa, The Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam,Enchanted Liguria, and the critically acclaimed Cooking the Roman Way. He is the author of a quirky crime novel,La Tour de lImmonde, published in Paris.
Food Wine Rome
Alison Harris has worked throughout the world shooting photos for travel books, cookbooks, advertising campaigns, book covers, and magazine stories. Her latest books,Markets of Paris, The Patisseries of Paris, Chic Shopping Paris,Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa, and The Hidden Arcades of Paris (Spring 2009) are published by the Little Bookroom.
is a tightly focused guidebook and travelers companion to the culinary delights of Rome. For each neighborhood, listings are in three categories: 1) dining: restaurants, trattorie
; 2) gourmet shopping: bakeries, markets, salami makers, cheesemongers, and more; 3) wine: shops and wine bars. A dozen or more sidebars add entertaining and informative bits of city lore, culture, customs, quotes, and anecdotes to bring alive the citys historic culinary richness: the Roman love affair with artichokes; the watermelon festival held for years on August 24, when giant, ripe watermelons would be released into the river upstream and Roman kids would dive into the river to grab them; Lucullus Kitchen Garden; the Cacio e Pepe Family of Pastas; the cult of the strawberries of Nemi (one of whose devotees was Caligula); Papal cuisine; the Renaissance of Romes wines; Holy Water and the Aqueducts; Spring Fever (lamb, favas, artichokes, zucchini flowers); and dozens more.
A glossary of essential Roman/Italian food terms helps make shopping, marketing, and eating fun and rewarding. It is illustrated with scores of atmospheric photographs and an overall map of central Rome, plus detailed maps for each of Romes nine central neighborhoods, so that readers can find addresses immediately.