This tour of Italian food culture is the worthy successor to Matt Goulding's two earlier books sprung from James Beard Award-winning roadsandkingdoms.com
. Focusing his explorations on eight locations (Rome, Puglia, Bologna, Sicily, Naples, Sardinia, Piedmont, and Lake Como), Goulding is interested in the people who prepare traditional foods, be they baristas or bakers, chefs or cheesemakers, nonne
or guys named Nino. His recounting of a debate among Bolognese women about the proper way to make ragù
is nearly worth the price of the book alone, and throughout the country he finds many other people, similarly passionate about the elements of their everyday meals.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.