a Modena city guide: the Modena issue of the Gourmet Mag

the Modena issue

The Modena issue of the Gourmet Mag is a city guide: food, recipes, places, people. But it is also a guide to Italy’s Winter season: Carnival, Corcos, minestrone, baking recipes, Rome little gems and artichokes!

The Modena issue of the Gourmet Mag is dedicated to a jewel of Northern Italy: the kingdom of tortellini, tagliatelle, balsamic vinegar, and fried gnocchi!

Plus, everything artichokes, Carnival in Italy, minestrone recipes, and a fascinating Italian painter.

– 115 pages

– 113 pictures

– 28 recipes

– no ads

– made in Italy

about the Modena issue

As anticipated, the main topic of this issue of the Gourmet Mag is Modena, lovely tiny delicious Modena. It is a city guide full of food, recipes, places, traditions, and beautiful pictures.

When I told an uncle of mine from Northern Italy I was exploring Modena cuisine he told me: “Do you know what people say about Modena? That when someone from Bologna wants to eat well, he goes to Modena”. And that, my friends, sums up the goodness of this place.

Modena is worldwide famous for its traditional balsamic vinegar, the real, authentic, aged for at least 12 years, one. So after investing a little capital in a tiny bottle of it, I enjoyed testing recipes that exalted its flavour (turning out pork is balsamic’s best friend).

After exploring Modena, we will celebrate Carnevale with some regional recipes: two sweet treats and polpette! Yes, there are special Carnival meatballs.

But winter is also a time to pamper yourself, contemplate beauty and learn new things, so I added a Winter Flowers Project, and a Corcos project… what’s that? you may be wondering…  A project about Vittorio Matteo Corcos, the painter of modern femininity, whose painting “Dreams” inspired much of this issue and a lot of my recent artsy life. The Belle Epoque painter who was able to read the souls of women, and reveal them in his portraits.

More winter cuddles will come from flaming hot minestrone soups. You thought there’s only one minestrone soup recipe, right? I did so as well, but we were wrong! We’ll take it easy for now, and explore 3 recipes from North to South of the peninsula.

For a more healthy but delicious eating, and to celebrate the winter veggies, we will honor the king of them all: the already crowned (just put it upside down) Sir Artichoke!

Winter Sundays wouldn’t be complete (and warm and cozy) without turning on the oven! So get ready to flour your hands (and nose and cheeks), and be sure you have a good book at hand, to read while waiting for your creations to rise.

Lastly, as I always do, I added a few little gems from my always fascinating, difficult to live but never boring, city, Rome: a secret spot out of touristic paths and, moreover, some wintry adventures.

Ready for a rich, mindful, tasty Winter?

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about the Gourmet Mag

Experience Italy like a local: good food, extraordinary landscapes, infinite heritage, and unexpected adventures.

The Gourmet Mag is an Italian seasonal cookbook and a travelogue.

In each issue, you’ll walk through a different city or region. You’ll go deep inside food culture, stories, lifestyle, and traditions.


Expect the following:

  • exploring the best monuments and secret places
  • things to add to your Italian bucket list
  • local & authentic recipes
  • jokes, beautiful words and expressions
  • culture, habits, and lifestyle
  • seasonal fun and inspiration
  • lovely pictures


A little technical stuff:

  • You can choose between print and digital.
  • Servings are for two people, to be duplicated as desired.
  • Measures are in gr, cups, and oz.
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