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A Taste of Naples: Neapolitan Culture, Cuisine, and Cooking

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In other places, it might seem trite or clich� to say that love is an essential component of cooking, food, and dining. But in the shadow of a still-fuming Vesuvio, the love of everyday life is palpable in Naples: that passion for life is the spirit that guides Neapolitan cuisine. You can taste it in everything.

To truly know Napoli and Neapolitan food, you must not stay within its city limits. The entire region may be called Campania, but it is also: Napoli. The entire region shares similar characteristics, especially in its cuisine, and its surrounding areas also grow so much of what feeds the city, bringing pleasure and sustenance to the table and to life.

In this tantalizing tour of the culture and cuisine of Napoli, Marlena Spieler reveals the tastes, sights, and sounds of the city and surrounding area (including its islands) in gorgeous detail. Using her own experiences and conversations with others, both tourists and residents alike, she offers us the rich history of this unique culture and cuisine, telling the story through recipes, history, and traditions, especially the special dishes and celebrations that follow every Neapolitan throughout the year. Open its pages and step into a sensory tour of this unique city.

312 pages, ebook

Published November 11, 2018

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Marlena Spieler

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Marlena Spieler was an American food writer of more than 70 cookbooks.

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May 28, 2019
This book is an absolute joy to read, a primer on and virtual tour of culinary Naples and Campania. With chapters devoted to the produce of the region, pasta and pizza, festivals and celebrations, towns of Campania and their foodways, and more, the author paints a vivid and exhilarating portrait of the foods and food culture of Naples and environs. It is packed with historical context, profiles of specific producers (and snippets of conversation with them), pizzaioli, owners of gelaterie, and culinary authorities. And, yes, recipes, too. Yet for all of this information, the book has a bright and breezy tone; Spieler's passion for the region and its people –indeed, her lust for life-- shine through in her warm and humorous tone. Be sure your passport is current before you crack the cover.
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August 12, 2019
This book is the September read for facebook foodie group THE RAMBLING EPICURE!
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January 23, 2023
Interesting and useful information about Napoli. Not a fan of the writing style.
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February 20, 2019
Specific recommendations for eating combined with a thorough examination of history.
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