/Announcing the Untitled Southern Italy Cookbook

Announcing the Untitled Southern Italy Cookbook

Il Vecchio Castagno in Serrastretta, Calabria

Il Vecchio Castagno in Serrastretta, Calabria

It’s been a very, very long year for many, many reasons, among them a very demanding and ambitious tour to promote Tasting Rome. I really wore myself out on the road and, while I did have the time of my life, I feel like I have aged 10 years in the mere 10 months since the book was published. I’m eager to get back to my normal routine of researching and writing and that’s about to happen in a major way as I work on my next book, Untitled Southern Italy Cookbook!

Ricotta at Regio Tratturo in Irpinia, Campania

Ricotta at Regio Tratturo in Irpinia, Campania

A few of you noticed the announcement in Publisher’s Marketplace back in August, but it’s only recently that I have been able to turn my attention to this new project, a solo title showcasing Southern Italy’s flavors through its lost and disappearing dishes. I’ll touch on topics like mozzarella, pasta di grano duro, and tomatoes, but the recipes and stories will go beyond the obvious and dive deeply into the food cultures of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, and Puglia. Although the book is about the Italian South, I won’t be covering Sicily, choosing to focus on regions that don’t typically get the love and attention they deserve. And a major part of the book (as well as a most awesome responsibility) is to document the rich and varied food traditions that are vanishing for so many reasons.

Antipasta at Di Pietro in Melito Irpinio, Campania

Antipasta at Di Pietro in Melito Irpinio, Campania

I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Tasting Rome editor Amanda Englander and publisher Clarkson Potter again (shout out to my agent Kari Stuart at ICM) and I cannot wait to share the landscape, history, ingredients, and recipes of Italy’s deep south! The book will be published in Fall 2018 and between now and then, I will be documenting my trips to the south here and on social media (if you’re following me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a taste).

Making cielli in Civitacampomarano, Molise

Making cielli in Civitacampomarano, Molise

Stay tuned as I head down to interior Campania on Friday for my last research trip of the year!

L'orecchietta in Guagnano, Puglia

L’orecchietta in Guagnano, Puglia

2017-02-17T15:14:44+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Categories: Basilicata, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Travel|17 Comments


  1. Faith McLellan December 12, 2016 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Sounds amazing! Can’t wait. I am in Rome now and using all of your recommendations. Grazie mille!

  2. Helen Free December 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Thrilled to hear this.

  3. Ed Piehl December 14, 2016 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Wonderful! ‘Tasting Rome’ is perhaps the best Italian cookbook I have purchased in years (and I have over 200 just on Italian cooking/gastronomy). I await your new effort eagerly. Boola Boola!

    • Katie Parla December 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      stop it! 🙂 boola boola back atcha

  4. Ann Joyce (Bracci-Devoti) December 15, 2016 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Dear Katie, So pleased you will be including our magnificent Molise in your new book. If the need be we can offer a lot of important local guidance on Molise culinary and agricultural traditions and insider secrets to you and your team during your travels. Happy to help .

  5. RSN December 15, 2016 at 5:48 am - Reply

    Love the photos and love Rome. Have to ask: st. Eustachio or Tazza D’oro?

    • Katie Parla December 20, 2016 at 11:27 am - Reply

      neither….Caffe Sciascia! 🙂

  6. Marianna December 20, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie, that’s a wonderful news. I am italian, working in the UK but with my heart in Basilicata where all my family lives. If you need any guidance, help or suggestion about my beloved homeland I will be me than happy to help. My grandmother is 89, she still cooks traditional recipes and she will be delighted to show you how to make strascinati!! 😉

    • Katie Parla February 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      That’s amazing! would love to meet your gran! will reach out when i head down south next!

  7. Linda Dini Jenkins January 5, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I look forward to this! Sorry there’s no Abruzzo mentioned, but let me know if you want to include it! Buon capodanno!

    • Katie Parla January 5, 2017 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      Ill touch on Abruzzo for sure (I LOVE the region) but will focus on Molise, Calabria, Puglia, Basilicata and Campania

  8. Brenda January 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Yay! Yay! Yay! on your new Cookbook!!! I LOVE your Tasting Rome cookbook, I just received it so I will be looking forward to Southern Italy wholeheartedly. How I wish I could be a recipe taster for that!!!! :)))))
    Buona Fortuna!

  9. Valerie January 26, 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

    So happy to see the incredible of the cuisine will be getting some love! <3 Basilicata has lots of ingenious dishes; come one down and I'll introduce you to some cooks and storytellers. 🙂

    • Katie Parla February 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      great site, Valerie! I am so in love with the region. will definitely be in touch when I head south xo

  10. Martina Gomez July 31, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

    You used very nice techniques and all the dishes you made are looking very awesome. Your blog is so informative and helpful. I am looking for some restaurants in Italy. Actually I am planning a trip to Italy in next month and looking for some good places. Please suggest me something there.
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  11. Renee Handelsman August 8, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Please come to Detroit for your book tour!

    • Katie Parla August 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      i plan on it!

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