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The most wonderful way to eat your way around Tuscany,
This review is from: Tasting Tuscany: Exploring And Eating Off The Beaten Track (Paperback)Being a food lover and a keen traveler it is a battle to find a travel guide which will give me the depth of information that I would like about both the area and the food. Beth Elon has produced the perfect combination for anyone like me. She combines simple day trip driving routes around the beautiful Tuscan countryside (with views to look at, churches to visit and villages to wander through) with incredible restaurants. She mixes expensive, grand restaurants with small, rustic ones where you will be the only foreigner but will feel welcomed as an honoured guest. In all the places that I ate in on my last trip I didn't have a singe bad meal in fact, given the chance I would go back and have every single one again and again. The only draw back is that because some of the places listed are very local they are also quite hard to find - so except maybe a bit of driving around looking for the restaurant. Then again, you get to see far more of the countryside that way, so it is not all bad.
After each restaurant entry (complete with address, pricing bracket and directions) Beth provides a wonderful chatty style summary of the style of place, food and owner. More importantly to any foodies out there she also includes at least one of the restaurants staple dishes so that you can go home and re-produce the fantastic food you ate.
I cannot rate this book highly enough if you are planning to visit the Florence area. Read, travel, eat, enjoy!