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Italy for the Gourmet Traveler

Glenys's picture

For anyone who's going to do Italy as a foodie, this is a large but worthwhile book by Fred Plotkin. Markets, wine stores, restaurants, pizzeria, regional specialties- it's all there. I've given it for years as a bon voyage gift when friends are travelling to Italy for the first time. Revised in 2006, I just got a new copy pour moi. The author co-wrote Italy the Beautiful with Lorenza di Medici, and I know that's a favourite of many. Some recipes in the book as well.

roz's picture

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Thanks for the info. My favorite place in Italy was the Co-Op markets. I really don't know the story behind them, I think a chain? But, the regional food was great! All local produce, cheeses, wines, meats, fish sausages, grains, bread, pastas and olive oils. And more items than I can describe. And espresso cups, wine glasses, linens, knives, etc. all for little money.

I will look for the book on Amazon. Thanks again.

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shoechick's picture

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We shopped at the local Co-op when we were there last year.  Great prices!!!

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

butterscotch's picture

(post #62955, reply #3 of 5)

It's a wonderful book.  I have the original edition and have lent it out many times to people planning Italian holidays.  Fred Plotkin has a really encyclopeic knowledge of contemporary Italian life and cooking and spends at least half his time living in Italy. I believe he's written some cookbooks on his own, too. I think I remember one about Ligurian cooking.

Glenys's picture

(post #62955, reply #4 of 5)

You're right, one about the Italian Riviera and another about Friuli-Venezia, and a couple more non-regional.

BarbaraK's picture

(post #62955, reply #5 of 5)

I also have the original, and appreciated using it when we were in Italy.  Thank you for letting us know about the updated edition.