Congratulations to Christina Gould, winner of “Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey.”

What we commonly refer to as “Italian cuisine” or “Italian food” has achieved global recognition and popularity.  In fact, there are few places around the world where you can’t find an Italian restaurant or eatery.

But many food experts and culinary travelers alike question whether there is actually such a thing as Italian cuisine, per se. Despite the political unification of Italy more than 150 years ago, most Italian foods and recipes are still integrally linked to each of the country’s twenty regions.

Even when it comes to something as commonplace as bread, you’ll be more likely to eat a piadina in Emilia Romagna, a cornetto in Sicily and salt-free pane toscano in Tuscany.

“Italian food isn’t a monolith; there is no national cuisine,” writes Jack Bishop, Chief Creative Officer of America’s Test Kitchen in his foreword to the newly released Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey.

Instead, Bishop says that Italian food is a “loose confederation of local dishes.”

About Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey

Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey, a new book by Eugenia Bone and Julia Della Croce, is the result of an ambitious collaboration between America’s Test Kitchen and National Geographic. This beautifully illustrated volume portrays the inextricable link between Italian food and culture.

The book is divided into three major sections: Northern Italy, Central Italy, and Southern Italy. Within those, it’s subdivided into the various regions of Italy. It’s hard to pigeonhole this volume as a cookbook, travel guide or coffee table book because it’s all of the above. In addition to providing 100 kitchen-tested regional recipes that readers can prepare at home, it also has 300 stunning photographs of food, people and places that will whet anyone’s appetite to visit Italy again and again.

The only drawback: Weighing in at 4.2 pounds, it’s a bit hefty for a cookbook and you probably wouldn’t want to take the chance of spilling some tomato sauce on its glossy pages while preparing a new dish or one that you always longed for.

In addition to recipes and cultural landscapes, the sidebars provide interesting backstories on many quintessential Italian products like olive oil, truffles and various shapes of pasta.

Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey

The Giveaway

One lucky reader of GettingOnTravel will be randomly selected to win a copy of Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey.

The rules:

  • To enter, leave a comment below, on or before midnight EST, December 1, 2018, naming your favorite Italian food.
  • The winner will be announced here shortly thereafter.
  • Limited to US and Canadian addresses only.