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Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa (The Terroir Guides) Paperback – November 18, 2008
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"Outside of general guidebooks to Italy, few individual regions have had single volumes dedicated to their gastronomy, and this, one of a series of 'Terroir Guides,' is both thorough in its listings of places to eat and drink, from ristoranti and focaccerie to pasticcerie and chocolate shops, as it is a well-written depiction of what makes Liguria so very special--and heretofore underrated--as a territory for wonderful food and wine, with its rippling, seafood-rich coastline, its famous basil that goes into making pesto, and its ties to the cooking of Southern France. Excellent, evocative photos too." -John Mariani
"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
"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
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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 Pâtisseries of Paris, and Chic Shopping Paris, are published by The Little Bookroom.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a sophisticated, thorough handbook to all the very best the region produces. Not only does does David Downie have educated taste buds -- making his recommendations reliable -- he has gone to the trouble to provide detailed directions to each of the places he recommends (a must in alley-strewn Liguria) as well as all the opening hours (yet another must on the summery Riviera, which adheres to its own clock).
Unless you know a Ligurian family and can be invited to eat at their home, following in David Downie's footsteps through Liguria is the most efficient and budget-friendly method for tasting the pure delights of Liguria's Mediterranean cuisine.
I've never met David Downie but, all put together, I have spent at least five of the last ten years exploring the nooks and crannies of the Italian Riviera during repeated long stays. I've lingered in many of the places he's lingered, so I can say from first hand experience that this new guide to the food and wine of the Italian Riviera and Genoa is a fantastic achievement, absolutely essential for every visitor who wants to eat and drink memorably without spending a fortune -- that is to say, to live as the Ligurians actually do themselves.Read more ›
It is accurate, authoritative and insightful. A "must have" for the thinking gourmand visiting Liguria.
However, I praise this book reluctantly because it is just too good. Secret little restaurants where you would never see a tourist are revealed and accurately described. Specialties that only someone from the city appreciates are touted. A potential disaster if it falls in the wrong hands!
So, please promise me. When visiting these restaurants do the following.
Eat like an italian. Appetizer, first dish, second dish and coffee (dessert is not mandatory, but have it before coffee, not during).
No sharing anything. Ask for half portions.
Never order a cappuccino after 10AM. Never.
Follow Italian not American tipping customs. We do not want to spoil a good thing.
If you are unsure of the item on the menu, ask for advice from the host and take it. Do not ask for too many details and make them feel that they have to display photos of the food on their menus. I would never be able to go back there.
I say all this tongue in cheek, but remember, you promised.....
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The information provided in this book is excellent for anybody who is traveling to the Italian Riviera. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by NJzan
This series of books is great. You get a very good idea of what the local cuisine is like, as well as great recommendations on restaurants, wine, and great salumerias and... Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by J. Lee
This book was recommended to me for review of this region as I am interested in visitng family...great write ups and pictures. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Ria
I literally had to crack this book open. The pages are only 4" wide and tightly bound, so to read it you have to crack the binding. Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Carolyn F.
lists some wonderful and mostly unknown places in Liguria.... I just hate to recommend it to too many people because they may go and change the atmosphere of this little known... Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by madwoman 12000
I'm planning a trip to Italy - my first time in the Genoa area - and a friend recommended "Food, Wine, The Italian Riviera & Genoa". I'm going to use it as my "Bible". Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by J. Stobbs
A few pages I strained to read looked interesting, so three stars. But I really cannot use this book, due to poor book design. It will be tossed out. Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by Cheese Lover
As one who spends several months each year along the Italian Riviera, I eagerly purchased this guide. True to form it has helped me find the best restaurants and shops in my area. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by H. Hadley