Book Review- Tasting Rome

I love Italian food,so I was excited to get this cookbook of Italian food in exchange for a review.

Even 150 years after unification, Italy is still a divided nation where individual regions are defined by their local cuisine—mirrors of their culture, history, and geography. But the cucina romana is the country’s greatest standout. Speakeasies, ten-table restaurants, and street food stalls may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of Rome, but these new realities have joined the traditional bars and trattorias of the Italian capital as bastions of great food and drink. In Tasting Rome, journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill capture Rome’s unique character and truly evolved food culture—a culmination of two thousand years of history.

This book is full of lovely photos and unique recipes. I am particularly excited for the chapter about Jewish and Roman infused recipes.
This book is really aimed at the skills of the more advanced cook. Some of these will prove a challange for me.



Book Review- Fire and Smoke


“Barbeque, not just for breakfast anymore.”

This is a quote that originates from Kansas City Barbeque culture and is reprinted by Chris Lilly in his amazing cookbook: Fire and Smoke: A Pitmaster’s Secrets. I think this quote pretty much sums up this book well.

From the Publisher:

Grill like a pro with the expert recipes and tips in Fire and Smoke.

World champion pitmaster Chris Lilly combines the speed of grilling with the smoky flavors of low-and-slow barbecue for great meals any night of the week, no fancy equipment required. Cook trout in a cast-iron skillet nestled right in smoldering coals for a crispy yet tender and flaky finish. Roast chicken halves in a pan on a hot grill, charring the skin while capturing every bit of delicious juice. Infuse delicious smoke flavors into fruits and vegetables, even cocktails and desserts. Fire and Smoke gives you 100 great reasons to fire up your grill or smoker tonight.

Chris Lilly shows that grilling is a dynamic branch of culinary skills and is so much more than hot dogs and hamburgers. His recieps include drinks, sides, main courses and even a grilled lemonade recipe.  This book has a great personal touch, a fresh view on cooking and wonderful photographs.

I got this book for my dad as a Father’s Day surprise and I am completely blown away by it.  First of all, I don’t think there is any cook that couldn’t learn something or be inspired by the amazing recipes in Fire and Smoke. Lilly  even breaks it down to the basics, and includes information about different kinds of heat sources and even different woods that can change your grilling experience. I highly recommend this book.

You can order it at amazon here:

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