I could not be more excited to share my review of National Geographic’s newest cookbook, Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey. With amazing recipes, beautiful photography, and loads of information, you can get a taste of every part of Italy without ever leaving home.
The Recipes in Tasting Italy
First of all, just dive into the more than 100 recipes, all heavily tested by America’s Test Kitchen. Recipes range from pastas (of course!) and sauces, to soups, meat dishes, and desserts.
Personally, I have my eye on the Bolognese sauce and the braised chicken with tomatoes and basil. No matter which recipe you choose, step-by-step instructions and photographs guide cooks of all skill levels. Most noteworthy are two recipes for making your own fresh pasta at home.
The Regions in Tasting Italy
While I’ve been lucky to travel to Italy many times, there are still so many regions I have yet to visit. Luckily, Tasting Italy does a great job of exposing readers to every bit of this beautiful place. The book is divided into three parts and covers 20 different regions.
Within each part of the book, you’ll learn about the local culinary specialties of places like Emiglia-Romagna, Tuscany, and Sicily. Colorful maps and informative side bars teach you about the history of nutella or different wines to pair with your food. Learning about the difference between gelato and ice cream was especially important to me.
Finally, it’s not a National Geographic book without gorgeous photography! The landscapes, food, and people of the country are captured wonderfully, so you’ll feel like you are right there.
I can’t wait to make some of these recipes for my friends and family. Going through Tasting Italy made me miss my adventures there and also makes me want to plan a return trip to enjoy the beauty, history, and food so perfectly described in the book. I hope you pick up a copy and feel the same way!
*TLC Book Tours provided me a complimentary copy of Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey in exchange for a review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.