Bella Italia

Even if this is not your year to visit Rome and beyond, the sights and tastes of Italy are not out of reach. Or, if you are lucky enough to be planning a trip, perhaps the following sources will prove helpful. Here are some of the books about things Italian that are available at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy

By Frances Mayes

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In Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes brings a poet's voice, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer together to create an enchanting and lyrical book about the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany. This is definitely an example of the book far exceeding the film version; indeed, the film only bears resemblance to the book by its title.

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Italy Today: The Beautiful Cookbook

By Lorenza de' Medici

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None of these books leaves out mention of delicious Italian wines and foods. We'll need some snacks on our trip so why not try "crostoni of pecorino cheese and fava beans on grilled bread, or ravioli filled with squash flowers followed by grilled scampi with lemon sauce. Taste updated classics such as stracciatella alla maggiorana, Roman egg soup with fresh marjoram; or pollo arrosto al balsamico - roasted chicken sparked with balsamic vinegar. Or relax with a slice or orange cake and a glass of Vin Santo." You'll have to move to the kitchen table to enjoy this oversized book, part travel book and all yum.

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