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Simposio

Simposio is a series of books about Italy’s food, travel, and culture. It is made in Rome by an Italian author and published independently. 

BOOKS ABOUT ITALY MADE IN ITALY

The Simposio series is made in Italy and published quarterly in English. A perfect gift for Italian cooks or adventurers. Or a treat for the lovers of everything Italy. You can purchase a single book, print or kindle, or a yearly print subscription – four issues.

These books about Italy will catapult you into the cuisine, everyday life, and the best places in the peninsula.

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AN ITALIAN COOKBOOK SERIES

The Simposio books are also cookbooks with authentic Italian regional and traditional recipes.

Servings are for two – duplicable as desired -, and measures are in oz, gr, and cups whenever possible.

Completing the recipes, you will also find Italian food culture traditions, facts, and history.

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BOOKS ABOUT ITALIAN TRAVEL

The Simposio series aims to be a collection of unique and mindful travel books.

In the spirit of the slow travel philosophy, you will discover a selection of magical places: majestic art cities, tiny perched towns, wine regions, and unique coastal destinations. 

Beautiful pictures, city guides, interviews with locals, and historical figures will lead you to dreamy and authentic Italy.

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BOOKS ABOUT THE ITALIAN CULTURE AND LIFE IN ITALY

The Simposio are also books about Italian culture and life. Topics cover food culture, of course, but also everyday life, icons, words and expressions, music, jokes, art, and folklore.

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A YEAR OF ITALIAN FOOD, TRAVEL, AND CULTURE: SUBSCRIBE TO SIMPOSIO

You can subscribe to the quarterly issues of Simposio if your delivery address is in the USA, UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, or France.

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A PERFECT ITALIAN GIFT IDEA FOR CHRISTMAS, BIRTHDAYS, MEN, AND WOMEN

The subscription to SIMPOSIO is a perfect gift for Italian men, women, parents, grandparents. Simposio is a book series for lovers of everything Italy, for cooks, and for anyone willing to deepen and treasure their Italian heritage.

Check all the books here or learn more about the subscription options here.

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GET A SAMPLE OF SIMPOSIO

Subscribe to the Italian Colors newsletter – a weekly journal of my life in Italy (food, everyday life, people, and travel adventures – and get a sample of Simposio.

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A NOTE FROM ROME: ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A long time has passed since my brother and I put mayo and ketchup on our spaghetti under the scandalized look of our Italian grandparents, who would label us like little Venezuelan savages, unable to capture the art of Italian cuisine. But let me say they didn’t capture Venezuela’s adventurous spirit either – just to be fair.

Everyone had made an effort. Every time they visited, Nonna and Nonno packed their suitcases with the finest chocolates, pasta, anchovies, olives, etc. Our parents had instituted homemade gnocchi or pasta nights and made us part of the process. My mother had learned everything she could from my Sicilian grandmother’s cooking lessons.

And we did love the Italic food… really.

But there was something we missed, something we didn’t understand…

 

LIVING IN ROME

Then, the time to redeem our palate came, time to experience authentic Italian cuisine in loco.

We packed, learned the basic vocabulary (fame, mangiare, buono), and settled in Rome. A city where everything would’ve been an adventure, where we would forever be half and half (mango-lovers and pasta-devourers). Where we would be eternal newbies, with the excitement and the sensibility that comes with it.

We finally understood what we hadn’t captured until then: Italian cuisine is not a technique or a few recipes: Italian food is the center of Italian culture. You’ll understand Italy when you understand Italian food, and you’ll understand food when you’ll interiorize the lifestyle.

 

COOKING REAL ITALIAN FOOD

After 30+ years of cooking Italian and living, in Italy I can share with you a few fundamentals of the Italian food culture, the basics you’ll need before diving into the books:

  • Cook only if and when you want to. If not, make a Caprese salad.
  • Take your time: for evaluating and selecting ingredients, for cooking, for setting the table, for letting red wine decant, for intensely savoring the food…
  • Listen to your suppliers – butcher, greengrocer, fishmonger… -: they’re an inexhaustible source of knowledge and inspiration.
  • Always opt for fresh and seasonal ingredients.
  • Enhance the flavor of every single ingredient: don’t let one overcome the other.
  • Use many herbs, spices, onion, and garlic, but remember: they’re supporting actors, not the main character.
  • Use only good quality wine for cooking: it matters.
  • Cultivate your palate: keep it trained by periodically tasting new flavors or combinations. And be aware that only when you are accustomed to quality you can distinguish good from bad food.

Go grab your copy of Simposio and start your journey through Italy!

Claudia

Go grab your copy of Simposio and start your journey through Italy!

Claudia

READERS’ REVIEWS

a breath of fresh air

“…a breath of fresh air, beauty and ideas. Cheers to the team”

a letter, tucked in your drawer from the past

“Claudia has a way of describing the daily rituals of life in Puglia in the words of a friend. As though written in a letter, tucked in your drawer from the past, her musings on the variations of water one can order in a restaurant, pumos, and falling ill from “humidity” left me in Salento peeling almonds while sipping a caffe leccese on the sand. A side of Italy you won’t get anywhere else.”

the most pleasant suprprise of the year

“…this was the most pleasant suprprise of the year. … drop dead beautiful. Photographs, creative, clever words. I absolutely love it and cannot wait to experience the recipes. …This is a soulful journey through an amazing writer’s mind. Thank you for developing such a wonderful product.”

This is not something you buy and put away

My wife and I tried several recipes from this magazine/cookbook. Everything we made was more than delicious! The recipes are easy to follow and the measurements seem true. We enjoyed the relaxed lighthearted attitude of the author as well as the way she shares Italian culture. This is not something you buy and put away, this is the one that stays on the kitchen counter… I have cooked for many years in many different countries and have never enjoyed a cookbook more! This book is like a vacation to Italy! The attention to detail and inside look at Italian regional culture is fantastic! Grazie Claudia!”

several hours of enjoyment

“…very well done. Beautiful and large pictures; lots of information about the region. And recipes that look really tasty. Many many pages, for several hours of enjoyment.”