Item description for Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, Revised by Fred Plotkin...
In the most complete gastronomic guide to Italy ever published, Fred Plotkin takes you beyond the traditional tourist experience, revealing the true richness of this nation's extraordinary cuisine and the lifestyle that surrounds it. From country markets and wineries to city restaurants and cooking schools, you will discover Italian culinary treasures and pleasures that no other book offers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.7" Weight: 3 lbs.
Release Date May 25, 2007
Publisher Kyle Books
ISBN 1904920527 ISBN13 9781904920526
Availability 0 units.
More About Fred Plotkin
Fred Plotkin is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera, which is the standard text in North American for discovering the glories of opera. He writes for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Das Opernglas, and Gourmet. He lectures on music for leading institutions, including Columbia University, the Juilliard School, and the Smithsonian. Plotkin is a popular guest on the intermission features of the Chevron Texaco-Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, and many shows on National Public Radio. An expert on Italy, he has written five definitive books on Italian food and wine.
Reviews - What do customers think about Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, Revised?
Italian Cuisine Jul 26, 2008
My daughter's husband is in the Air Force and they have been assigned to Aviano Air Base in Italy. I bought Italy for the Gourmet Traveler for her birthday gift. We loved the format and used the book continuously while I was there helping them transition to a new country. She loved her birthday gift and I know they will use the book while living in Italy for the next 3 years. I look forward to using it as a resource when we visit every summer! Great buy if you are planning a visit to Italy!
Best Book for Restaurants in Italy Jul 13, 2008
I lived in Italy from '97-'99 and my friends and I considered this book a sort of "Food Bible"...we took it everywhere all around the country and always booked restaurants that were recommended. This book NEVER let us down. Not once. You can walk in & eat at a restaurant in Italy, and contrary to popular belief, you can have a bad meal -- oh, OK, let's just say a very ordinary meal. If you are smart, you book a table a few hours in advance and have a FABULOUS meal. I reference this book even now when people ask for my advice about Italy. I am so excited that this book has been updated and also happy to hear it is smaller than the original version (which I agree, was very difficult to travel with -- I actually ripped out the Tuscany section)! I am going to buy 10 and give them away as gifts!
An invaluable source Jan 17, 2008
If you are at all serious about Italian food, this book is worth its weight in gold on your next trip to Italy. Yes, its big (aprox. 700 pgs), but thats because its a real book, and incredibly thorough. This isn't just some run of the mill pocket guide book thats going to tell you "go here" "do this".
It details the history and culture of each region in detail, so you don't just eat, you understand what and why you're eating what you are. For each major city (and plenty of small villages also!) he will detail the best places to eat, drink, and shop to get the best true local experience.
And because you know the author takes food seriously, you know that you're eating at true, authentic places where locals eat, and you won't fall into the trap of eating at run of the mill tourist driven places (especially if you're in cities like Florence, Venice, or Rome!)
One reviewer complained this book didn't let you know where to go within Italy. Well that's not really its point. The point is that each region has its own unique flair and flavor, and one is not "better" than the other. To try and judge them as so is missing the point. The joy of italy is discovering those unique flavors that each region has unique to itself. (Though he does point out a "Classic City" for each region. That is, the city to go to if you want to experience the most authentic food culture of the region, such as Treviso in the Veneto, Siena in Tuscany, and Rome in Lazio)
What this book WILL do is compliment your trip to any of these regions. Pointing out exactly where to go to find these authentic and unique local dishes.
I'm writing this from Trieste right now, and without this book I would be totally lost as to where to go. The city has tons of run of the mill pizza places but very few places to find authentic local cuisne (and this isn't even a tourist driven city!). As a non-local, wIthout this book to help me find these hidden gems, I would be in a lot of trouble.
A book you will keep with you for the rest of your life. It even has recipes at the end so you can attempt to replicate what you tasted when you get back home!
Italy for the Gourmet Traveller Nov 20, 2007
We have just returned from 5 weeks in Italy and used Fred's book as our guide. We were not disappointed. Everywhere in Italy we went we were able to find the places that were recommended and were never disappointed. With the added background information on the different regions and the different food and wine styles we were able to have a better understanding and appreciation of Italian Food. Italy for the Gourmet Traveller made what was a fantastic holiday an even more unforgettable experience. if you are going to Italy and you love food.. get the book!
Revised? Oct 30, 2007
We used this book for a recent trip to northern Italy (the Milan area) and found it to be unreliable: in several cases, it detailed restaurants that no longer existed, leading us to wonder just how much it had been revised. Still, it help us located a restaurant that was the favorite of our trip (though we cross-referenced it with another Italian travel guide and had our hotel clerk call to make sure it existed!)