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EATING ROME by Elizabeth Minchilli

The other night I purchased a copy of EATING ROME: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City, a book by expat American Elizabeth Minchilli. I would have selected a genre-related word instead of "book" to describe it in that last sentence, but . . . well, it's complicated.

It is just the sort of hodgepodge book that I usually love - in the way that Molly Wizenberg's first book, A Homemade Life, became a much-loved favorite (though I still wish that the publisher had used much better paper to make the book - they went with recycled paper and it is yellowing like whoa). EATING ROME is part memoir, part travelogue, part guide book, part cookbook. Want to know how people eat in Rome? You'll learn about all sorts of food - food in the markets, pizza bianchi, aperativos, and more. Fancy restaurants to trattorias to (more or less) street food. How and where to order a coffee or a panino. What Romans feed their dogs and children.

Minchilli has a popular blog, Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, where she features stories about the city she lives in and loves, as well as recipes and more. If you like her blog, you'll like her book. If you like armchair tourism, you'll like her book. And if you happen to be planning a trip that includes time in Rome, well . . . I'm sure you'll like her book. Or perhaps you'll prefer her app, "Eat Rome" (also available: "Eat Florence" and "Eat Venice").

Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to trying a few recipes, and hoping to get to try some of those restaurants, trattorias, and gelaterias she mentions one of these days.

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Jul. 21st, 2015 01:00 am (UTC)
The book sounds interesting. Thank you for the link. I enjoyed looking around her blog.
Jul. 22nd, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't love it quite as much as I did the Wizenberg book, in part because it read more like a travel guide than a memoir, despite having both components, but it was still a lot of fun to read.
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