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When in Rome

It would be best for me to admit my cookbook cover snobbery upfront — no pun intended.

I’m not a fan of the soon-to-be released US version of Rachel Roddy’s new cookbook, Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome — or as it will be called in the American reprint, My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking (yawn).

Let me tell you how I really feel.

Sorry for the negativity, but sometimes I wish we could just get the UK version and call it good. It’s not so simple, but as for myself, I intend to fill my cookshelf with the more interesting title of Five Quarters, named such for the Quinto or Fifth Quarter (also called Testaccio district) Roddy lived and cooked in while in Rome.

Plus, I like the UK cover photo and design better too.

Another cookbook on Roman cuisine breaking in 2016 — with a decidedly more lovely American cover … ok, I’ll drop it — is Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill.

Rather than focused on one district, Tasting Rome is filled recipes from all over Rome and the stories behind these dishes.

I’m excited to cook and compare from both books, no matter my snobbery, I realize it’s what’s inside that counts.

‘My Kitchen in Rome’  ‘Five Quarters’ releases February 2, 2016. ‘Tasting Rome’ will be released March 29, 2016.

UPDATE // Indeed. Rachel Roddy’s US release is just too amazing inside for me to be particular. It’s a wonderful book … that makes you feel, well, rather wonderful as you read and cook from it. Although I still prefer the cleaner UK cover and title, I clearly need to get over it. :) #noted


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