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Food Wine Rome

April in… Paris and Rome. Paris for thrills (as in Paris City of Night) and chills (the weather). Rome for fabulous food and wine.

This April saw the long-awaited release of Food Wine Rome, part of the Terroir Guide series, dedicated to the authentic, regional foods and wines of the world.

The essentials:

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: Little Bookroom (April 7, 2009)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1892145715
• ISBN-13: 978-1892145710

ABOUT Food Wine Rome

Food Wine Rome is a tightly focused guidebook and traveler’s companion to the culinary delights of Rome. For each neighborhood, listings are in three categories: 1) dining: restaurants, trattorie, osterie; 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 city’s 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; the Cacio e Pepe Family of Pastas; the cult of the strawberries of Nemi (one of whose devotees was Caligula); the Renaissance of Rome’s wines; Holy Water and the Aqueducts; Spring Fever (lamb, favas, artichokes, zucchini flowers); and others.

A glossary of essential Roman/Italian food terms helps make shopping, marketing, and eating fun and rewarding. Food Wine Rome is illustrated with scores of atmospheric photographs and an overall map of central Rome.

A few reviews:

“Getting to the heart of regional cuisine can be a tall order, but The Terroir Guides ably examine the interplay between markets, local food artisans, winemakers, and chefs on a town-by-town basis, taking the reader from field to plate and making a great companion for any food-obsessed tourist…packed with local history, food lore, and useful translations.” –Sherman’s Travel

“I love The Terroir Guides. They give me everything I want. They’re a tactile pleasure, compact, meaty. They’re lovely to look at, elegantly laid out, mutedly and tastefully colored…positively overflowing with the Who, What, Where and How even an intrepidly independent traveler should know…The Little Bookroom has a knack for putting guidebooks into print that are as useful as they are beautiful.” –Wine News

Click for reviews of Cooking the Roman Way: Authentic Recipes from the Home Cooks and Trattorias of Rome. The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and other major newspapers and magazines, listed Cooking the Roman Way in their top-10 cookbooks of the year.

And don’t miss Food Wine the Italian Riviera & Genoa, also published recently in the same series:

Stay tuned…

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  1. Thanks David and cheers for posting a link to my blog – much appreciated. A friend and I will be in Paris at the end of the month… any tips?

  2. Great! Many thanks, Clare. Cooking the Roman Way is now available as an ebook, so your timing is perfect. So glad you enjoyed Rome. Keep me posted. Would be delighted to meet you one day. All best, David

  3. I had the most amazing holiday in Rome thanks to this book. The reviews are reliable and the articles were very informative. I just wish you could do one for every main European city!!

    Unfortunately we probably won’t be going back to Rome for a couple of years or so, but in the meantime I can use ‘Cooking the Roman Way’ to try and replicate the wonders of Roman food. Check out
    to see me cooking Roman style!

  4. Allthough I live in Genoa since 30 years and I enjoy eating the local good, this guide has still been able to reveal many places of great interest I have never visited before. It is an absolute must for any visitor who enjoy’s “slow food” and a good kitchen.

  5. As usual, with every David Downie book about Europe, I’m sure I will have to fight the overwhelming impulse to run for a plane and just GO there to experience anything and everything he describes. What a writer! He is the best thing to happen to the travel industry since the 747.

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