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Photo from Rachel Eats.

I know a few exceptional food writers. You know, the type who can effortlessly convey the aromas and flavors of her kitchen, flawlessly capture the relationships forged at the market, or earnestly document a familiar food culture in an utterly entrancing way. I know a few such people and one of them lives in Rome. Her name is Rachel Roddy and her cookbook comes out to day. You need to buy that book. Buy it for yourself and then buy it for every cook and traveler you know.

Rachel is a British food writer, blogger, home cook, and photographer. She grew up north of London surrounded by the books of Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson, a fact that shows through in her own honest, exquisite writing. A decade ago, she came to Rome and settled in Testaccio, a district in central Rome that is geographically isolated from its neighbors, engendering a completely unique atmosphere and distinct culture, one that Rachel is immersed in has illustrated beautifully with the recipes, images, and stories on her blog Rachel Eats. The book, Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome, is a love letter to Testaccio, to Roman food, and to the simple, ordinary experiences that define life guided through food.

Now go buy this book and find a place for it beside titles by Jane Grigson, Elizabeth David, and Claudia Roden. It will soon be as well used and deeply loved as any of those.

Five Quarters: Pasta e Fagioli from Kat Tan on Vimeo.

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If you have eaten at a Roman restaurant at any point in the past 10 years, you have probably asked yourself what the hell people are talking about when they bang on about locals eating small portions. Pasta servings have been growing steadily since the arrival of the euro, when purse strings began to tighten and dining patterns began their slow and likely irreversible change. Back in the day (more…)

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I am super excited to announce some upcoming summer events! On July 22, I will be hosting a pizza party at Razza in Jersey City, NJ with Dan Richer, baker extraordinaire. We will be serving Dan’s famous bread and butter, pizzas, and farm fresh salads alongside some stellar artisanal beers. We are going to let the season decide the menu based on what is available that week from Jersey’s own Ralston Farm. UPDATE: The Razza event is sold out!

Eventbrite - Razza Pizza Party: Local Food & Drink in Jersey City

On August 4, I will be hosting a craft beer and pizza event at the amazing Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, CO. It will be my first visit to The Centennial State and I cannot wait to check out Boulder’s excellent food and drinks scene and share some of my favorite beers with Pizzeria Locale’s staff and clientele!

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Back in Rome, I am offering special visits on June 4 to two sites normally closed to the public. The first, which will begin at 1:30pm, is to the Circus Maximus Mithraeum, a religious sanctuary buried 30 feet underground. The cavernous ruin, which was dedicated to the god Mithras, dates back to the early Imperial period and preserves ancient reliefs.

Eventbrite - Circus Maximus Mithraeum Special Visit

At 3:00pm on June 4, I will lead a special visit to the Tomb of the Scipios, one of the most important Republican era funeral sites. Located in a prestigious ancient cemetery, the Tomb of the Scipios was the final resting place of war heroes and generals, including Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbatus (you may have seen his sarcophagus in the Vatican Museums), not to mention the poet Ennius.

Please note that places are limited and bookings to each site are sold separately.

Eventbrite - Tomb of the Scipios Special Visit

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Photo: Ruth Lo.

On Tuesday May 12, the American Academy in Rome will host an interdisciplinary conference organized by fellow Ruth Lo on the history of covered markets and their reuse. Starting in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, cities across Italy began to construct covered markets to modernize the food (more…)

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Tune in to watch the Rome episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern tonight on the Travel Channel. The show starts at at 9PM EST and reruns April 28 at noon, May 4 at 8PM, May 5 at 3PM, May 11 at 2PM and May 25 at 7PM. Here are some highlights from our shoot…I’ll post clips after the show airs! (more…)