Foodtripper.com - For people who travel to eat. Saturday 15 December 2018 Contact Us | About Us | Sitemap
TV Presenters course eventbrite
Search Foodtripper
Newsletter Updates
RSS RSS
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Twitter

Book review: The Dolce Vita Diaries by Cathy Rogers & Jason Gibb

Book review: The Dolce Vita Diaries by Cathy Rogers & Jason Gibb
 The Dolce Vita Diaries
Cathy Rogers & Jason Gibb
RRP £14.99
HarperCollins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Part memoir, part recipe book, even part business plan, 'The Dolce Vita Diaries' is seriously engrossing, with a huge personality.

There's a real sense of fun to this book, and indeed the Brit authors positively brim with exuberance throughout. After trying out a multitude of careers, the couple left the rat race in 2005, seeking refuge in the Italian countryside. 'The Dolce Vita Diaries' charts Rogers' and Gibb's adventures in the world of olive oil, tracking their progress as they procure an olive grove, harvest the fruits of their labour and eventually build a successful business.

The book's written with humour and vigour, rendering a potentially dry subject as vibrant as the oils they describe. Chapters are concluded with the recipes interwoven into the stories- a lovely touch- cooking them as you read submerges you totally in the authors' experience. Obscure tasting notes are dispensed with in favour of more accessible terminology- here we find, 'What a cacophany of flavours!' from the Moroccan oil, and learn that Californian oil is 'No-one's favourite'!

It's hard to pigeonhole this wonderful book- indeed, why would you want to? Part memoir, part recipe book, even part business plan, 'The Dolce Vita Diaries' is seriously engrossing, with a huge personality. Cathy and Jason neatly coerced me into making the 'Strozaprezzi' pasta, telling me, 'Not only does it have a clever little twist in it that means sauces stick to it in gooey lumps, but best of all, its name means 'priest choker'!' That's the thing with this book- it really does feel like having a chat with your mates... Those ones who exhaust you with their sheer enthusiasm for life.
Book review: The Dolce Vita Diaries by Cathy Rogers & Jason Gibb
Strozzapretti


If you're just after a rollicking adventure from a book, 'The Dolce Vita Diaries' will do nicely- but it's so much more. By the final pages, you'll be more knowledgeable about olive oil; longing for Italy; ravenously hungry and sorry to bid goodbye to two such big characters. Perfect summer reading.
1 Comments | Add a comment

COMMENTS

Samantha Trinder
1

ADD A COMMENT



Fields marked with ( * ) are compulsory.

First name *
Last name *
Email address *
(will not be published)
Location
(optional)
Comment
Subscribe to Foodtripper.com newsletter?
19 May 2009
By: Zoe Perrett
Meet our regular columnists
Food tripper ebooks banner

EVENTS CALENDAR

NovDecember 2018Jan
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
262728293012
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31123456