Many tourists pass rapidly through Umbria on their way from Florence to Rome and miss the pleasures of this storied region. Christine Smallwood’s tour of the areas towns and villages offers many reasons to consider stopping and dining in places such as Assisi, Perugia, or the medieval hilltown of Gubbio. Her accounts of meals at restaurants where the cook comes out to chat with her about the best of the daily specials, or the owners express surprise at doing anything other than buying locally, do a lovely job of evoking the charm and character of this part of Italy. Smallwood provides recipes from many of the places she mentions, some grand and some humble.
There are companion books in this series on Lombardy and Puglia.
Color photographs throughout. Paperback.