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Food Wine Rome (Terroir Guides) Paperback – April 7, 2009
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"...an invaluable key to the city's authentic quaffs and cuisines. Eschewing eateries that are likely to be visited by the typical bus-group turiste, Downie walks readers through bountiful food markets, into artisanal-food shops and to the front doors of Rome's temples of food and drink. The reviews in this highly informative restaurant guide, accompanied by Alison Harris's photographs, also celebrate the people, customs and tastes that tempt so many travelers to eat as discriminating Romans do." --Town & Country
"Italian food guru David Downie wrote the recently published Food Wine Rome. It's an insightful and lovingly written guide to my former home town one of Italy's great food capitals. He starts out with some important definitions of classic Roman treats like local bitter vegetables, goes into 33 ways to order some of the best coffee you will ever drink and highlights some of the region's top wine producers...The bulk of Downie's book focuses on restaurants, wine bars and food shops of this food-crazed town." --The Examiner (San Francisco)
"Getting to the heart of regional cuisine can be a tall order, but The Terroir Guides ably examine the interplay between markets, local food artisans, winemakers, and chefs on a town-by-town basis, taking the reader from field to plate and making a great companion for any food-obsessed tourist...packed with local history, food lore, and useful translations." --Sherman's Travel
"When I travel, food is naturally a primary focus, but most guidebooks provide minimal information in that realm. Thankfully, The Little Bookroom is publishing Terroir Guides, a series for the foodie traveler that focuses entirely on culinary delights. The third in the series, Food Wine Rome, just came out this month...Even though I’m not actively using the guide on the ground, it’s a fun, informative read that’s prompting me to plot out all the gastronomic destinations for my next visit." --Cravings
"I love The Terroir Guides. They give me everything I want. They're a tactile pleasure, compact, meaty. They're lovely to look at, elegantly laid out, mutedly and tastefully colored...positively overflowing with the Who, What, Where and How even an intrepidly independent traveler should know...The Little Bookroom has a knack for putting guidebooks into print that are as useful as they are beautiful." --Wine News
About the Author
David Downie is a native San Franciscan, but has called Paris home since 1986. His travel, food, and arts features have appeared in more than fifty magazines and newspapers worldwide. His recent nonfiction books include Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa, Food Wine Burgundy, Enchanted Liguria, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light, and the critically acclaimed Cooking the Roman Way. He is also the author of a classic thriller set in Paris titled Paris City of Night.
Alison Harris has worked throughout the world shooting photos for travel books, cookbooks, advertising campaigns, book covers, and magazine stories. Her latest books, Markets of Paris, The Ptisseries of Paris, Chic Shopping Paris, Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa, and The Hidden Arcades of Paris (Spring 2009) are published by the Little Bookroom.
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If this is a book to be taken on a trip by plane, however, its format and weight(above all its weight) must be changed to be made available in an alternate version. Beautifully produced and bound, it simply weighs too much for a paperback intended as a handy pocketable vedemecum for present-day luggage restrictions and carrying about the city. To make it simple: print it on lighter "India" paper. That will affect the beauty of the glossy illustrations but it'll be worth it. I'd like to thank the author for his introduction to a trattoria I'd never entered before though it was forever on my way to the Piazza del Popolo. I have been made selfish enough not to want to divulge its name here other than to second the author's recommendation: (to paraphrase) if you can eat at only one trattoria during your visit to Rome, make it this one. That is very high praise indeed! We went there thrice; it was a revelation to this ancient sybarite.
One of my best Amazon purchases in many a moon.
That being said, the organization is odd, and it's a book you really have to read, rather than an easy reference. It lists recommended restaurants, which are typically less well-known to the tourist community, as well as listing their more famous counterparts.
If you want to explore the food culture of Rome, I would highly recommend this book. If you're looking for something aimed more towards the average tourist and less towards the food-obsessed, Time Out is probably a better bet.
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