Tasting Rome by Katie Parla

Tasting Rome

A love letter from two Americans to their adopted city, showcasing modern dishes influenced by tradition, as well as the rich culture of their surroundings.    Even 150 years after unification, Italy is still a divided nation where individual regions are defined by their local cuisine. Each is a mirror of its city’s culture, history, and geography. But cucina romana is the country’s greatest standout.  Tasting Rome provides a complete pic...

Details Tasting Rome

TitleTasting Rome
Release DateMar 29th, 2016
PublisherClarkson Potter
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Food, Cooking, Nonfiction, Cultural, Italy, Travel

Reviews Tasting Rome

  • Taryn
    There are new several cookbooks out there on Italian cuisine this spring but this is definitely the one I've been most excited about. Focusing exclusively on Roman cuisine, the popular American blogger from Katie Parla showcases a wonderful assortment of the cucina povera that makes Rome such an exquisite food city. Having lived in Rome myself and followed Katie's blog for some time, I found her choice of recipes and restaurants to spotlight well...
  • Tina
    The Ex-Pat dream…..living in another country and exploring the food, art and culture. This book isn’t an Italian cookbook. This is a memoir about life in Rome and it’s filled, chock filled, with recipes and history about the dish and the area. The photos are incredibly vibrant and you want to leap into the page, grab one of the savory pies (Tortas) and immerse yourself in the experience. Of the many things I enjoyed looking through this boo...
  • Molly
    Tasting Rome isn't your ordinary cookbook. It's part recipes and part Roman history with a beautiful layout and cover. The recipes all look really good and I can't wait to try all of the dishes but I wish there were more pictures of the food! This book has lots of lovely photos of Rome and its people but not too many food pictures! One of my requirements of cookbooks is that they have to have photos for every recipe and this book falls short of t...
  • Sammm
    I will officially thoroughly read this in 2017; I flipped through it, and it looks pretty decent. I'm putting the rating up because I really want this to at least be nominated in 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards for "Food & Cookbooks"; so anyone who does read cookbooks, please consider checking this one out? xDMy hopeful candidates for 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards "Food & Cookbooks" category:(In book title's alphabetical order)
  • Hayden
    A gorgeous hardcover cookbook, Tasting Rome had me within its first few pages. Filled with mouth-watering dishes, beautiful photographs, and write-ups about Rome both past and present, I fell in love with this book at first glance. (Just the picture of a gelato stand was making my mouth water.)A closer look at the recipes has me a little more mixed. I love Italian food, but I am an American, and some of the dishes are a little outside my comfort ...
  • Silvia
    For me this is yet another cookbook that should have been marketed as a book *about* food. I enjoyed reading through it, especially since my family is from Italy and I have cousins in Rome. But there are very few recipes, if any, that I'll actually cook for myself at home. A surprising number of recipes are for fried food, which is difficult for most home cooks to produce successfully. Other recipes call for ingredients that are difficult to proc...
  • Mary
    Simple, basic recipes will please those hoping to learn about Roman cuisine. Very little complexity or hard to get ingredients. Brief introductions look at a dishes provenance as well as where you might eat the dish in Rome. One of the authors is a photographer so there are lots of picture of the food and Rome. Separate chapters focus on Rome Jewish cuisine, which I found to be the most unusual and unique including recipes like anchovy and frisé...
  • Cristy
    Italian food is so incredibly simple that it leaves me wondering why cookbook after cookbook try to comprehensively cover the subject. This one is visually beautiful and contains many paragraphs on the history of the region and how it connects to its food. This rounds it up to 4* but in reality it's a solid 3.5* for my personal taste. While I'd use a few notes from the baking chapter it's not something I need to buy. Back to the library it goes.
  • Janet Clark
    Half memoir and half cookbook, good photos. Anyone who has spent time in Rome will love this book. Full of what I find most amazing about Italian cuisine--simple, few ingredient recipes that are incredibly delicious. Shaved artichoke salad, "misticanza"/ green salad w/ hazel nuts & pecorino, pumpkin frittata. Good travel book.
  • Silvia
    Fun readI enjoyed reading this book, but as a cookbook it's not going to be useful. Too much frying, which isn't scalable when cooking for one. And ingredients not easily found turned up in too many recipes. Also,many of the recipes didn't sound good. I love Roman cooking and enjoy going out with locals when I'm there, so I had been looking forward to this book.
  • Maria Virginia Ross
    Highly recommend! Yumminess galore and beautiful photos. Read my full review here: http://www.saintsandrecipes.com/franc...
  • Tonstant Weader
    Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City is as much travel memoir as cookbook. Katie Parla and Kristina Gill provide a rich narrative story of the neighborhoods and culture of Rome. Interviewing the chefs and bakers of Rome, they are able to share all sorts of inside knowledge and background.The organization is not the usual antipasti, primo, secondo, and dulce arrangement by cause. Instead it organizes around themes...
  • Sandra Lassiter
    Ahhhh! Food from my favorite country! Although I’ve never spent time in Rome itself apart from the airport (another story in itself!), I love the flavors of Italy and I waited with great anticipation for this book. It does not disappoint!Tasting Rome is not just a cookbook. Filled with history, tidbits of information and photos that draw you in and make you long to be there, Tasting Rome is an experience. After the introduction, a section on Ro...
  • Virginia Campbell
    Long-time residents of Rome, Italy, Katie Parla and Kristina Gill are also seasoned wine and food experts and bloggers. Their culinary collaboration, “Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors & Forgotten Recipes From an Ancient City” is a wonderfully-told history of the cuisine and culture of a timeless city—a city which holds an endless appeal and fascination to the world at large. The recipes “don’t just vary from region; they also vary from cook ...
  • Amanda Rogozinski
    This cookbook is authentic, diverse (draws from all classes and a section on Jewish Roman recipes), and absolutely gorgeous. I couldn't be happier with my choice for delving into Roman/Italian cuisine. The recipes remain the star of the show, even while incorporating historical and cultural information which is interesting and concise. You can't escape the priciness of specialty cheeses, and some Roman food items I may choose to order online as t...
  • Misty
    I am not one to completely trash a book in a review. So I will start with the positives before going into the negatives. The positives:There is a table of contentsThe book provides information about ingredients that the reader might not know about if they are not from RomeEach Recipe is laid out in a simple fashion: ingredients, steps, servingsThe recipe title is translated in EnglishThe Negatives:I would say about 90% of the recipes are all meat...
  • Brenda
    This is a beautiful book, but for me it fails slightly in the useful cookbook department. The cover and photographs inside are quite lovely. I like the descriptions and history of Rome. There is a lot of information here. So I guess that's good in a way. What it was missing was pictures of a lot of the recipes. Some recipes had no picture, and some included a picture of scenery instead of the food. Is day about half had a picture of the recipe. T...
  • Lindsey
    This is definitely a book made for foodies. It has beautiful pictures of Rome and shares stories and insight about the Roman culture. It's written by two Americans who go to Rome and fall in love with the city. This is not your typical Italian cookbook with recipes you would find anywhere. This is a book full of traditional and more modern versions of the food you can find Romans eating in their wonderful city. I do wish there were more pictures ...
  • Kaitlin McCafferty
    A beautiful, thoughtful, interesting cookbook that gives you a peek not just into the recipes of Rome, but the neighborhoods, flavors, and history of Rome. It's thoughtfully written and has great anecdotes. Maybe it's because I read this while prepping for a trip to Rome, but I couldn't stop reading it! I loved the author's voices and stories. When I was touring Rome, I got really excited when I recognized a restaurant (Nonna Betta!) or dish and ...
  • Lindsey
    I adored everything about this book, from the photos to the contextual foundation (I knew very little about the nuances of Roman cuisine and how it has evolved) and the recipes which don't feel intimidating. It's an inviting, inspiring book and will certainly instill wanderlust. Rarely do I enjoy reading cookbooks, even those that bridge on culinary memoir, but I had a ball reading this and am eager to book a trip to Rome to discover it properly!
  • Beth Lequeuvre
    I am adding this one to my want to buy list.It really is a love letter to Rome. Beautiful photos of both food and scenery, well-researched history of Roman culture and cuisine, as well as anecdotes and insights of two expats living in Italy, and the recipes... I'm drooling over here. Can't wait to try these.
  • Linda Harkins
    Excellent! The two recipes that I've tried and enjoyed are verdure gratinate al forno (baked veggies with breadcrumbs) and sorbetto di pesche e vino (peach and wine sorbet). Now, I intend to try frittata di zucca (pumpkin frittata) and torta rustica (savory pie) with its lattice-top crust.
  • Amy Harber
    My family traveled to Rome in November of 2015. This cookbook made me very nostalgic for Rome. The book is simply beautiful. It is filled with recipes, stories, and pictures. I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
  • Sandra E Chow
    An in-depth look at the historical and cultural traditions of Rome and some of the associated food, with great photography. Helpful adaptation of restaurant knowledge to recipes more feasible in a home kitchen.
  • Joan Marie
    Having been to Italy, I enjoyed the photos, vignettes, and a few of the recipes. It was like taking a walk down memory lane...
  • Terry
    Great story and recipes. Now I want to go to Rome.
  • Julie
    More than a cookbook filled with mouthwatering food porn, but a history lesson as well. Fascinating.