Tasting Rome

Tasting Rome
Katie Parla & Kristina Gill

This book is full of delicious-looking recipes, interspersed with quips about the authors’ experiences in Rome as well as tons of gorgeous images of the food and the city. The book boasts recipes ranging from the more well-known Italian classics, like Potato Gnocchi (p. 95), to the lesser-known yet more culturally specific recipes like Beef Tongue in Salsa Verde (p. 139). Never having been to Rome myself, I feel like I am able to catch a realistic glimpse into the ancient city through the images and recipes in this book.

The book’s design is classical but not entirely consistent, which may or may not have been purposeful. The main table of contents doesn’t give any hints as to what the actual recipes are, and there are no sub-contents within the book, both of which makes it a bit hard to navigate. Despite the organization issues, this book is lovely and interesting enough that you could flip through until the end. There is no wasted space upon its many pages, which makes it feel like a window into the crowded, winding, and richly historical streets of Rome itself.

Especially good for: cooks who want to delve deeply into real, and slightly adventurous, Italian food.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program for this review.