An affectionate culinary tour of the southeastern Italian region of Puglia, this is both a cookbook and guide book. Christine Smallwood, a British food and travel writer, arranges her material by village, town, or city, calling attention to specifics of local custom or favorite ingredients. She also singles out restaurants and bars that offer remarkable dining experiences. In Ceglie Messapica, an ancient town founded by Greek colonists, she profiles Al Fornello Da Ricci, where the one of the chefs studied with Paul Bocuse and the other grew up in Mauritius. Pane e Salure bakery in the remote village of Orsara di Puglia uses a bread oven built in 1526 to supply many nearby restaurants.
Color photographs throughout. Paperback.