March 23, 2016

Cookbook Review: Tasting Rome by Katie Parla & Kristina Gill #4Star #bookreview #cooking @katieparla @kristinagill

Title: Tasting Rome
Author: Katie Parla & Kristina Gill
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Books
Genre: Cooking, How-To
Release Date: March 29th 2016
Source: Blogging for Books

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 picture of a place that many love, but few know completely. In sharing Rome’s celebrated dishes, street food innovations, and forgotten recipes, journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill capture its unique character and reveal its truly evolved food culture—a culmination of 2000 years of history. Their recipes acknowledge the foundations of Roman cuisine and demonstrate how it has transitioned to the variations found today. You’ll delight in the expected classics (cacio e pepe, pollo alla romana, fiore di zucca); the fascinating but largely undocumented Sephardic Jewish cuisine (hraimi con couscous, brodo di pesce, pizzarelle); the authentic and tasty offal (guanciale, simmenthal di coda, insalata di nervitti); and so much more.

Studded with narrative features that capture the city’s history and gorgeous photography that highlights both the food and its hidden city, you’ll feel immediately inspired to start tasting Rome in your own kitchen.

A very tasty look into Italy's culture. This one had my taste buds watering from start to finish. I am always looking for new adventures to take my family on, and with being pregnant (in my third trimester) it makes it hard to travel to exotic and cultural locations. This is one way I can bring culture to my family, in a very delicious My daughter is still in her picky phase, but I think this has something for the whole family to enjoy, even those picky little eaters.

Tasting Rome is beautifully illustrated with amazing photos and was put together quite nicely. I, for one, cannot wait to start cooking some of these amazing recipes.

Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging for Books to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

“A fantastically detailed look into Rome’s most remarkable dishes… a new classic in the Italian food library.”  Saveur

“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 and Gill bring their city’s characteristic cuisine to the home cook…[a] solid introduction to Roman cooking.” Publishers Weekly

“This book captures the beauty of artisan food! The combination of recipes and photographs make me feel as if I am back in Rome.”—Alice Waters, chef/owner of Chez Panisse and author of The Art of Simple Food

“In a time when food trends seem to change by the hour, Tasting Rome is a delightfully devoted to tradition. This cookbook is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for your dinner table and is bound to make everyone excited to sit down and eat.” —Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge

Katie Parla is a Rome-based food and beverage educator and journalist. Originally from New Jersey, she has an art history degree from Yale, a master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Universit√† degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, a sommelier certificate from the Federazione Italiana Sommelier Albergatori Ristoratori, and an archeological speleology certification from the city of Rome.

Kristina Gill is an Italy-based food and travel photographer and the Food and Drinks Editor at, where she produces the popular In the Kitchen With and Behind the Bar columns. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Kristina lives in Rome, with her husband.


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