Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City

Katie Parla and Kristina Gill, photos by Kristina Gill. Clarkson Potter, $30 (256p) ISBN 978-0-80418-718-3
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 (parlafood.com) and Gill (designsponge.com) bring their city’s characteristic cuisine to the home cook. Recipes reflect “the spirit of Roman flavors” found in neighborhoods where traditional dishes are community-specific and historically inspired. Jewish ghetto cuisine features a sauced cumin-spiced fish dish, and honey-soaked pizarelle (matzo fritters) are Roman Passover classics. From the Quinto Quarto’s Testaccio district come offal-based “fringe foods” such as braised oxtail and tripe in tomato sauce with mint and pecorino. A section on traditional Roman pasta dishes showcases cacio e pepe, amatriciana, and two methods for preparing pasta alla carbonara. There are multiple twists on bread and pizza, and the vegetable section champions local favorites such as artichokes, fava beans, and greens. Recipes for drinks from Rome’s evolving cocktail culture, gelato, and pastries, and an inventory of key ingredients and tools in the Roman kitchen, round out this solid introduction to Roman cooking. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/15/2016
Release date: 03/29/2016
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