Book review: Collio: Fine Wines and Foods from Italy's North East
At one level the book is an incredibly
detailed, practical guide to the rich diversity of what to see, eat and
drink in this fascinating but little-known corner of Italy. However, as
Slow Food President Carlo Petrini writes in his introduction, this is
far more than just a guide book.
Capalbo is an accomplished photographer - the book is beautifully illustrated with her own photos - and a discerning food and wine writer. But above all she is a traveller with an extraordinary ability to engage with places and people.
Whether she is describing wild salad herbs on a market stall, or a Michelin-star meal; the philosophy of iconic winemaker Josko Gravner or the family history of a local cheese maker, what she conveys in her uncluttered,often intimate style is a sense of place and of personalities that makes you itch to visit now - the mark of all the best travel writing.
Collio: Fine Wnes and Foods from Italy's North East is published by Pallas Athene Arts