Bella Cucina Cookbook

Bella Cucina Cookbook

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  1. The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Rome

    The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Rome

    $12.95

    With this small and discriminating book as their guide, visitors find themselves strolling down cobblestone back streets that only native Romans know well. Nine walks direct shoppers to unique stores—jewelers, stationers, clothiers, grocers—that uphold the Italian standards of quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. The nine walks purport to be neither comprehensive nor direct. Rather, they afford an opportunity for the curious and confident shopper to stroll quiet and picturesque streets, sometimes in out-of-the-way areas. Cafes and restaurants dot each walk. Practical information, including size conversion charts and how to file for a tax refund, is also included. Learn More
  2. The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Florence

    The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Florence

    $12.95

    Where do Florentines go to for the finest handmade shoes, leather gloves, jewelry inspired by Renaissance paintings, artisanal chocolates, exquisite lingerie, and more? This discriminating guide of eight walks will take you to shops of legendary quality and fine craftsmanship. Also featured are dozens of dining recommendations, from where to find cioccolata da bere (“drinkable” chocolate) to a sumptuous meal served in a former convent. There are more than seventy shops included in The Civilized Shopper’s Guide to Florence. Dining options include 37 venues, including cafes, restaurants, gelaterias, wine bars, and pastry shops. Learn More
  3. Italy Dish by Dish: A Comprehensive Guide to Eating in Italy

    Italy Dish by Dish: A Comprehensive Guide to Eating in Italy

    $24.85

    Italy Dish by Dish describes more than 3,000 dishes you’ll find throughout every region of Italy. Even if you speak fluent Italian, regional terms for food and dishes can be confusing. No longer—with this translator you’ll know exactly what’s on the menu, how it’s cooked, what ingredients it contains, and how it fits into la cucina italiana. Lovers of good food and Italian culture will find this guide an irresistible and indispensable stew of culinary information, definitions, and local lore. And any cook will soon realize that the detailed descriptions of hundreds of dishes also serve as mini recipes that can easily be followed to create hundreds of authentic meals at home. Learn More
  4. Italianissimo

    Italianissimo

    $18.95

    Italianissimo (literally, very very Italian) profiles fifty enticing Italian contributions to culture high and low, from the lofty realm of great ideas to the delicious realities of cuisine, fashion, cinema, and much more—an eclectic mix of the customs, culture, and concepts that embody the essence of Italy. This intimate guide will enlighten and enrich all journeys to Italy, both real and imaginary, and holds a wealth of sophisticated information about such icons as:hand gestures, patron saints, pasta, parmesan, the piazza, the Fiat 500, ex votos, fashion, Neo-realist cinema, authority figures, Pinocchio, the Italian male, the mezzaluna, shoes, opera, the Vespa, the Ferrari, gelato, gondolas, and more. Learn More
  5. City Secrets of Florence, Venice and the Towns of Italy

    City Secrets of Florence, Venice and the Towns of Italy

    $19.95

    The second in the highly-acclaimed City Secrets series, this volume brings together the recommendations of more than 200 experts, including curators, composers, artists, journalists, architects, and historians. Topics covered include art, architecture, museums, restaurants, shopping, flea markets, monasteries, churches, wineries, gardens, and day-long excursions. Learn More

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