Since 1533, when Catherine de Medici was accompanied by numerous cooks when she travelled to France to marry King Henri I, Italian cuisine has been considered the mother of all European fine cooking. Alice Vollenweider wrote her doctoral thesis on the influence of Italian cooking as reflected in language and has written numerous essays on contemporary Italian literature. In this combined travelogue, cookbook and literary guide, she provides delightful insights into the Italian way of life, which revolves around cooking and eating â€" the most sociable part of its culture. All the important regions of Italy are introduced by their food, and made even more palatable with many recipes and useful tips about people, places and pleasures.
Alice Vollenweider, born 1929 in Zürich, has written many liteary essays on contemporary Italian literature and translated Natalia Ginzburg, Luigi Malerba, Eugenio Montale, Giacomo Leopardi and Giorgio Manganelli into German.
'An outstanding all-in-one travelogue, cookbook and literary guide, whereby the author displays her passion for Italian food with mouth-watering servings of authentic local dishes. All the main regions of Italy, including Sicily and Sardinia are introduced by their cuisine and the book features many recipes and useful information on where to eat and drink.' - Robert Giorgione, FoodWineTravel
‘This book – equal parts travelogue, cookbook and literary tome – is filled with shrewd and observant prose.’ - The Glasgow Herald
‘Alice Vollenweider’s "culinary journey” through Italy fuses anecdotes with recipes, a winning combination mastered by Elizabeth David, Michel Roux, Elizabeth Ayrton and Colette Rossant.’ - Matthew Bell, Times Literary Supplement