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Fort examines Italy through its food and the people who produce it. He discovers a land where regional differences are still alive and uncovers the rich connection between history, tradition, and cuisine. The enticing sum of these parts--the food, producers, ingredients, consumers, and eating occasions--is nothing less than a contemporary portrait of the country....

Title : Eating Up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa
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ISBN : 9781933572024
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 296 Pages
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Eating Up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa Reviews

  • bookyeti
    2018-10-23 03:43

    Bella! Bella!Matthew Fort’s infatuation for all things edible and Italian are wonderfully palpable in this gastronomic treasure. Heady and sumptuous as a fine red wine, Eating Up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa — part travel memoir, part specialty recipe book — recounts Fort’s journeys all over the stunning Italian countryside, while lavishly showcasing each region’s own unique culinary “nuances”.Italy’s romance and mystique lay in its beautiful language, hearty people, culture, fascinating history…and, of course, its wide array of mouth-watering edible delights. One would be hard-pressed to find a better qualified author for the task. Fort, one of Britain’s most renowned food critic and writer, formed an enthusiasm for Italy at the tender age of 11. The love affair with the country and its cuisine has only deepened with time, as Fort, at age 50, takes a “gastronomic tour” of the beautiful country from its southernmost tip at Melito Di Porto Salvo to the northern region of Turin.Fort brings the tastes, aromas, and regional culture of Italy directly to the reader, in stunning clarity, coupled with a signature wit. Eating Up Italy is a bonafide travelogue on its own merits — nonetheless, Fort doesn’t rest on his laurels, expecting us to take his word for it. The tried-and-true age old recipes, generously peppered throughout, involve the reader and add an inimitable richness to Fort’s personal experiences, on his travels.From regional delicacies to every-day local cuisine, Fort’s selected recipes and instructions, layered amidst engaging anecdotes teaming with insight into the lives and food of the locals, are easy to follow and tempting to try. Fortunately, many of the recipes are ‘formalized’, using easily recognizable standard measurements, as many Italian cooking techniques are known to use vague measurements such as “a little bit of this, a little bit of that.“ Some recipes may be easier than others, as some call for ingredients that would be challenging for a typical North American ‘foodie’ to find at their local market.The book, itself, is bound beautifully with a ‘foodified’ rendition of Venus di Milo. Its lovely thick buttery paper and dark brown ink, lends itself an “old world” feel. At the back of the book is a comprehensive index, in case a particular recipe or notation requires reference on a whim.Truly a voyager’s enchantment and a food lover’s bible, Eating Up Italy captures the incredible country that has it all, and will have any food lover or travel enthusiast shouting “Bella! Bella!”One can only wait with bated breath - and grumbling stomach - for Fort’s upcoming labour of love, Eating Up Sicily.

  • Zanna
    2018-10-16 02:39

    The food journalist weaves northward over Italy, feasting as he goes, relying on the friendliness and hospitality of the people he meets, despite limited Italian. His account of diverse sausages and endless pasta courses is lightly seasoned with reflections on Italy's changing agricultural and political landscape, as well as amusing mishaps and hair-raising struggles with traffic, and of course, recipes for the dishes he savours along the way.Fort paints himself as a slightly buffoonish glutton, hapless on his scooter, at the mercy of unfriendly weather and generous strangers. I didn't develop more than ordinary human sympathy with him, and as a vegetarian, struggled with disgust at some of his numerous graphic descriptions of meat and animal fat. I felt that the whole narrative lacked shape and finally fell flat, ending with a whimper in Turin. I think Fort was much happier in the friendlier, meatier South, but is too polite to say so with force.

  • Peter
    2018-10-19 21:32

    “Happiness depends on sound sleep, orderly bowels and regular meals.”Travelogues are not really my usual reads as I find most of the author's who write them are just not as funny as they and their publishers seem to think they are but as I happened to find this book on a train and as such cost me nothing I decided to give it a go. I am rather pleased that I did especially as it centred predominantly about food and Italian food in particular. Yummy.Fort's leisurely gastronomic journey around Italy starts at the very South of the country wending its way North finishing in Turin avoiding the usual tourist trap of Florence, Tuscany and Rome to name a few along the way visiting instead more less frequented, by the English at least, spots. along the way he shows not just the variety of Italian food, but its deep connection with local and regional traditions. In the South most of the landowners are really little more than subsistence farmers in tune with the land and climate making artisan foods where no corner of land,even road verges, is wasted as they produce local produce. Further North the larger International conglomerates have taking over with their mono-cultivated land but wherever he went Fort seems to have met warm, welcoming people who like to eat and talk about food. Fort concentrates on this rather than getting into the politics of the country which can only be a good thing.Along the way Fort encounters no supermarkets so this becomes a heart warming occasionally hilarious critique of a way of life which certainly seems to have been lost in Britain where we have lost touch of where our food actually comes from. Where shops and restaurants open their doors where it suits their customers rather than when it suits themselves but nor does he pretend that every meal that he ate was good. Interspersed throughout the book are some interesting and mouth- watering recipes that help to keep the juices running. Overall a very enjoyable read.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-15 03:25

    This is the actual review I wrote for TCM ReviewsI have never read a book that made me hungry until I read Eating up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa by Matthew Fort. Eating up Italy is an entertaining and fast paced read about Fort’s travels from the southernmost tip of the mainland of Italy to the northernmost tip. What makes this different from other travelogues I have read is that Fort focuses on the food he eats along the way to truly understand the country. Eating up Italy is full of rich descriptions of everything Fort experiences, with the most focus on the experience of his meals. To make the book even more enjoyable, recipes of some of the foods Fort writes about is included at the conclusion of each chapter. What I enjoyed most about Eating up Italy were some of Fort's clever insights and I found myself giggling at some of the situations he got himself into. I also appreciated the honest and truthful descriptions of the places Fort visited and foods he ate. There was no sugarcoating of descriptions of any foods that were not to his liking or places that were less than stellar. But even with these blunt descriptions and after finishing Fort’s story, my desire to travel to Italy and experience the country the way it was meant to be experienced has deepened.

  • Amy
    2018-11-09 23:28

    Caught somewhere between a travelogue and a food diary, I didn't find that this book succeeded in either. Every time the author began telling an interesting story about the food or the people he met, he abruptly moved on. I also found it hard to imagine that someone could travel through Italy and find so many meals he disliked (not to mention comparing the food to British food, and somehow the British food coming out on top?!). Trying to do too much, visit too many cities in a short period of time, I might have enjoyed it if he had picked one town in a region and taken time to develop the stories of the people and the food.

  • C.G.
    2018-10-29 03:46

    I've been reading a lot of food-related books lately, and while I enjoyed this, and Matthew Fort's tour of Italy, it wasn't as good as some of the others I've been reading. However, that being said, I do have several pages of recipes dog-eared to try at a later date, and I'm looking forward to reading his book about his food travels in Sicily. If you want to know more about the various food regions of Italy, I would recommend picking up a copy of this book. And should we ever make to to a tour of Italy, I'd certainly be bringing this along as a reference.

  • Bernadet
    2018-10-17 21:28

    Nl vertaling: Op een vespa door Italië - Een culinaire reisEen boek dat je doet watertanden, omdat het bijna constant over eten gaat. Veel eten en lekker eten. En vriendelijke restauranthouders en kleine zelfstandigen die traditionele producten op ambachtelijke wijze en met veel passie blijven maken. En ook al lijkt Italië en culinair paradijs, toch stoot hij er ook op slechte restaurants en middelmatige gerechten. En ook daar schrijft hij over.

  • Judy
    2018-11-03 04:41

    An interesting travel book by a cookery writer who sought out people producing various specialist foods by traditional methods, and has largely painted a picture of a rural way of life which is dying out. I didn't find many of the recipes particularly appealing, though, even though I love Italian food - rather a lot of offal seems to feature!

  • John Weller
    2018-10-23 00:43

    Man approaching post middle-age approaches apocalypse of old age.Too much meat and not enough motor in my opinion. I'm kind of jealous of him tho' cos he did such an amazing trip.If your zeal is more Vespa than veal I'd check out Peter Moore's Room with a View

  • Melissa
    2018-11-10 02:41

    Full of great recipes and interesting information about the origins of Italian foods. The writer has a curiosity that pays off for the reader. If you like to eat, you will find this a super easy, fun summer read.

  • Cherie
    2018-10-16 03:19

    D Not very good. Had so much potential, but you hear too many disgusting meat descirptions, shallow character descriptions, his English humour just isn't cutting it, I didn't have any empathy for him. The recipes included are a nice touch, though I'd never make any of them.

  • Kristel
    2018-11-08 03:20

    a dull read.

  • Devina
    2018-11-11 02:30

    I couldn't finish this book; it utterly bored me. I wasn't inspired to know more about Italian food at all. It simply lacked character.

  • Cazza
    2018-11-05 05:45

    Read it while in Italy and felt the moment completely captured through this book. He got it so right.

  • Kathleen
    2018-11-07 23:39

    this was a wonderful travel/food book - I'm getting his next one that details his travels through Sicily