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Italian Food in Rome and Lazio

Book Review Cover: Popes, Peasants and Shepherds
Destination: Rome and the region of Lazio in Italy

Book: Popes, Peasants and Shepherds: Recipes and Lore from Rome and Lazio, by Oretta Zannini DeVita and translated by Maureen B. Font. (New March 26, 1913)

At least half the fun of travel is experiencing delicious new foods, as Brette Sember, our food travel expert frequently reminds us. Besides collecting the recipes for the meals served in today’s homes and restaurants, it can be so fascinating to ponder how the distinctive cuisines of various countries and regions came about. Continue reading Italian Food in Rome and Lazio

Beneath the Surface of Istanbul

A Guidebook Digression

Istanbul Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque, Istanbul . Photo used courtesy of Bob Ramsak, Piran Cafe

Destination: Istanbul, Turkey

Book: Istanbul: A Cultural History (NEW January 2012) by Peter Clark

With this cultural history of Istanbul, the Interlink Books publishing company racks up twenty such guides to cities around the world, from Calcutta to San Francisco.  To see the entire list of Cultural Histories, or to purchase this book or the others in the series, go to the Interlink site. The next book in the series is on Afghanistan rather than a single city. (A few more are listed as Cultural and Literary Companions.) Continue reading Beneath the Surface of Istanbul