This issue of Simposio is a Modena travel book: expect travel stories, local and authentic recipes, and other Italian wonders.
It is also a guide to Italy’s winter: Carnival, painters, minestrone soups, baking recipes, Rome little gems and artichokes delights.
The Modena issue 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 travel book
As anticipated, the main topic of this issue of Simposio is Modena, lovely tiny delicious Modena. It is a city guide and travel book full of food, recipes, places, traditions, and beautiful pictures.
When I told an uncle of mine from Northern Italy I was exploring Modena’s 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, 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 three 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 – 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?
In this issue:
A WINTER BUCKET LIST
- Day Trips
- Spiral Staircase
- Fried Gnocchi
- Lard Pesto
- Crescentine or Tigelle
- Borlengo Crepes
- Rice Cake
- Modena’s Bundt Cake
THE CARNEVALE PROJECT:
- Fried Tagliatelle
- Carnevale Tricks
- Carnevale Table
- Carnevale Meatballs
THE BALSAMIC VINEGAR PROJECT:
- About Balsamic Vinegar
- Pork fillets
- Frittata with Balsamic
- Balsamic Vinegar Pork Cutlets
- Steak with Arugula, Grana & Balsamic
THE MINESTRONE SOUP PROJECT:
- Minestrone from Milan
- Minestrone from Genova
- Minestrone from Livorno
AN ITALIAN PAINTER
- Roman-Style Artichokes & Potatoes
- Baby Artichokes in Oil
- Artichokes from Naples
- Artichokes Bottoms
- Artichokes & Parmesan Salad
- Villanella Artichokes
SNOW IN ROME
THE YEAST PROJECT:
- Grissini Breadsticks
- Ricotta Bread
SAPIENCE PALACE IN ROME
THE MIMOSA MELODRAMA
Experience Italy like a local: good food, extraordinary landscapes, infinite heritage, and unexpected adventures.
The Simposio 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.
Enjoy your Modena travel book!