Title: Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital
Author: Eric Dregni
Genre: Non-fiction: Travel, Memoir
New to me author? Yes
Read this author again? Maybe
Where did it take place? Modena, Italy
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from amazon.com):
I simply want to live in the place with the best food in the world. This dream led Eric Dregni to Italy, first to Milan and eventually to a small, fog-covered town to the north: Modena, the birthplace of balsamic vinegar, Ferrari, and Luciano Pavarotti. Never Trust a Thin Cook is a classic American abroad tale, brimming with adventures both expected and unexpected, awkward social moments, and most important, very good food.
I simply want to live in the place with the best food in the world.
Why did I pick this book?
I was browsing the New Books on the library online catalog. The title caught my attention and I love food and would love to go to Italy one day.
- It was a fun read, and I felt I learned more about the Italian culture, food (especially pigs and balsamic vinegar), people, superstitions, festivals, driving behavior, rivalry between small towns, government / bureaucracy after this book. It was also interesting to read about Italian's perception of American
- Each chapter is on a particular topic so it is a pretty easy read since each chapter is fairly short. By the same token though, it is not a book I stayed up late for because I didn't have the urge to keep reading to find out what happened next
- I want to visit Italy! I don't know if I'd be ready to live there for 2 years like Eric did with his girlfriend Katy - especially since I don't know any Italian. But the food... oh the food...
- I rated the 3.5 stars - it's pretty rare for me to give a book 5 stars. Books with 4 stars mean I am quite inspired - I felt this book is better than okay (3 stars) but not quite "great!" (4 stars) compared to others I have read
Books similar to this book that I like:
- I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany by Mark Greenside
- The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City by David Lebovitz
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