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The Food Lover's Guide to Florence: With Culinary Excursions in Tuscany Paperback – April 1, 2007
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* Updated with the newest ristorantes, trattorias, enotecas, gelato shops, and open-air markets.
* Florence is the second most-visited city in the world.
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I go to Italy three to five times a year (and I'm always hungry), and Florence is one of the best cities forrestaurants, pizzerias, wine bars, specialty shops and gorgeous markets piled with fresh produce. I have lots of scribbled notes and crumpled business cards, but this book does a much better job. If I've succeeded in whetting your appetite, then grab this book before you go on your own trip. Emily Wise Miller is a good writer and an outstanding guide to the gustatory city. She hits the high spots but doesn't neglect the little-known spots that aren't smack downtown; she knows the regional specialties (the unsalted bread, the magnificent lard); she also remembers that some amongst us are vegetarians and health-food devotees. And when she's got you positively salivating, she closes her book with chapters on cooking schools and culinary tours. All you really need to do is check the photo facing the introduction. It shows a newspaper headline that freely translates as "Delicatessen Clerk Condemned! Sold Prosciutto Different from the One the Customer Asked For!" That alone will give you an idea of how seriously Florentines take their food--and how well-tuned-in Emily Wise Miller is. (Bill Marsano is an award-winning writer on travel and wines and spirits.)
As another reviewer mentioned, the organization in this book leaves a lot to be desired. It is arranged by type of establishment (pizzeria, gelateria, restaurant by expense-category). Since most of one's stopping into gelateria, pastry shops and food markets (if not restaurants) is likely to occur semi-spontaneously as one is walking around, it is crucial to be able to quickly locate stores in your area. This would have been SO easy to address with either a numbered map (preferably) or an index/ list by area. The lack of area-organization combined with the sheer bulk of easily accessible eateries requires one to spend a cumbersome amount of time looking in the guide beforehand and planning stops, not necessarily how one wants to spend one's time. Quite often we realized later that we had walked right near or by a place of interest, which was frustrating.Read more ›
The improvements I would suggest are that the index should be better thought out. (1) Reference food dishes to establishments in index. For example, say if you are looking for the dish "Osso Bucco", it is not found in the index and it would be great if the author could trace the dish to the restaurants that it's served. (2) Restaurants by Location Index. The restaurants are currently organized by type and price but not by location. It would be great if there is an index to list the various restaurants by map location,have an food indicative rating system next to it and a reference back to the main writeup. That would make planning the restaurant visits so much easier. (3) Also, the Tuscany culinary excursions section are very short (only 30 pages)and I think could be expanded to be more comprehensive.
Having said that, I still think this is one of the best and most intimate writing I have read on this subject. If only the author would also write for other regions such as Rome, Venice, Amalfi....
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This book was by far the best book on travel that I've ever read. The book explained all restaurants that were available to a traveler explain them in perfect detail to what you... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Carmine Fornaro
I look forward to using this in Florence. It is well laid out and a pleasure to read in the meantime.Published on June 1, 2014 by Andrea
A great reference book for Florence and Tuscany that will be very useful during our up coming trip. The size of the book will easily fit in my handbag.Published on April 26, 2014 by Debbie Westfall
We recently spent two weeks in Florence and around Tuscany, and this guide never steered us wrong. I was a bit concerned that the book was published in 2007, as guidebooks tend to... Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by L. Johnson
A great book for foodies in Florence. We referred to this book quite a bit during our week-long stay in Florence this past June.Published on October 5, 2013 by Abroad
The content of the book is all here in the Kindle edition but the maps on the last pages are so poorly scanned they are useless. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Robbin