The insiderís guide to eating, drinking and shopping in Italyís food capital with authentic recipes to cook at home.
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Foodlovers' Bologna - the insider's guide to eating, drinking and shopping in Italy's food capital follows the new trend towards food and travel books: neither travel guide or recipe book but a fusion of the two where the celebrity is the cuisine, not the chef.
The book does four things:
- it introduces you to the people driving the local food scene: food and wine producers, restauranteurs, discerning diners
- it provides easy to cook versions of the Bolognese classics - dishes like lasagne and tortellini plus tagliatelle al ragu (spaghetti bolognese), naturally
- it reviews the best places for sampling them, including restaurants, cafes and bars ñ and alerts you to the most fashionable places that you might struggle to get into on a Friday night
- it suggests a 48 hour tour of the city's liveliest bars, cafes and restaurants as well as the best places for lunch in the country.
As Elizabeth David wrote in Italian Food, 'Everyone has heard of the mortadella sausage of Bologna, but how many hurrying motorists drive past the rose and ochre coloured arcades of Bologna quite unaware that behind modest doorways are some of the best restaurants in Italy'. She might have added, 'and everyone has cooked spaghetti bolognese without ever wondering what the bolognese refers to'. Foodlovers' Bologna is a kind of homage to the city that many consider Italy's food capital.
Almost all the most iconic products of Italian food are produced within thirty kilometres of the city: ham, parmesan, balsamic vinegar and the finest fresh pasta. (Naples lays claim to pizza and mozzarella.) Not to forget mortadella, the sausage they call Bologna or Boloney in America, a kind of salami that unusually is cooked rather than cured. These wonderful ingredients are the outward signs of a food culture which is unique in Italy.
A big claim to make, but as Claudia Roden says, 'The people of Emilia-Romagna eat more, care more and talk more about food than anyone else in Italy'. Now you can share that experience with them. You can cook authentic recipes at home, take the book with you on your next visit to Bologna or just drool over the dozens of full colour spreads. Specially designed for the iPad, the book looks good on any computer or smart phone.
Good content, hard to read
This ebook had everything I was looking for when it came to food in Bologna: Great markets, interesting restaurants, awesome pictures, practical advice. It will be an enormous help when I'm there this November. Unfortunately, the typeface is minuscule, which makes it hard to read, and there's absolutely no way to increase the size without fooling around with each page. Extremely inconvenient, but better than not being able to read it at all. There are also typos, extra spaces, and floating punctuation. Not what I expect in an ebook at this price.