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Most food guides for Italy suffer from the “too-much, too-little” syndrome. The territory is vast, yet for each city and village they rarely provide enough information. This guide focuses on a manageable territory–Liguria–and covers it in depth with an emphasis on understanding the local culture through its food. This is not an encyclopedic volume but a renowned food writer’s highly selective guide to Liguria’s authentic small eateries, culinary traditions, wine, wineries, food artisans, and gourmet shops. (The “big” restaurants are covered in a short and amusing sidebar that lists the places that everyone knows and can read about in any guide or on the Internet: a tip of the hat to the great toques, but many other suggestions are given so the reader can dine elsewhere. In Italy, the restaurants Michelin rewards with multiple stars have little to do with regional or local food.) Recommendations center on “where the locals eat.” The book is also lavishly photographed, perfect for the armchair traveler. There is a glossary of food items and unusual specialties, as well as a typical Ligurian menu, detailed indexes, many sidebars, and a map.
Learn all about the savory Ligurian flatbread called farinata (and where to buy farinata baking pans), garlic (raw in local dishes, braids, the pink heirloom variety from the village of Vessalico, and the village’s annual garlic festival), pesto mania (and a profile of the hothouses of the western Genoese suburb of Prà that produce what most Italians and 99.9 percent of Ligurians claim to be the world’s best commercially grown basil) and which restaurants serve authentic mortar-and-pestle-made pesto, as well as dozens of other regional topics.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 pasticcerias to check out.
This book was recommended to me for review of this region as I am interested in visitng family...great write ups and pictures. i was not disappointed and would recommend it for anyone interested in Liguria region.
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. It's also very heavy, so not practical for taking on the trip. But inside are some wonderful suggestions for local food, wine, and restaurants that most guidebooks would overlook. Note that it really only covers the riviera (seaside towns) in northwestern Italy, not inland. I'd give it 4 stars in ebook form. As such, I will just have to make some notes to take with me. (I would have returned it, had I not opened it and rendered it into less-than-new condition!)
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