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Barolo, Matthew Gavin Frank’s food-and-wine memoir, was published by the University of Nebraska Press, Spring 2010. Frank spent six months in Barolo, Italy (pop. 646), living out of a tent in the garden of the local Pittatore farmhouse. Through the Pittatore family, he was able to secure work picking wine grapes for famed vintner Luciano Sandrone. Barolo details his developing relationships with the region’s families, restaurateurs, butchers, vintners, local foodstuffs, strange markets, and circus-like atmosphere. Rich with real Italian small-town “characters” and a wealth of historical and culinary information, Barolo is a blend of intimate travelogue and memoir. (The title refers to both a Piemontese Italian town and an Italian wine). Barolo has moments of flamboyance as well as ruminative meditation on foreign travel (and its many alien seductions), filtered through food and wine.
Portions of Barolo have been published in The Best Food Writing 2006 (Avalon Publishing Group), The Best Travel Writing 2008 (Travelers’ Tales/Solas House, Inc.), The Best Travel Writing 2009 (Travelers’ Tales/Solas House, Inc.), Gastronomica, Plate Magazine, Creative Nonfiction and Brevity, and have received a 2008 Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council.
Travel Writer and Blogger Rolf Potts interviews Matthew Gavin Frank about BAROLO here.
SAMPLE CHAPTERS FROM “BAROLO”
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“Aaahhh . . . ! Here are all the joys of being young and exuberant and passionate and in love with women, and life, and better yet . . . in Barolo. This remarkable and enchanting tale makes me want to set the clock back many years and to book passage to Italy and to the sips of the world’s greatest wine, and to be inspired by all the things that make life such a wonderful journey! Kudos to Matthew Gavin Frank for reminding us what really makes life worth living!”
“If you love red wine, you’ll love this book. And it’s just as hard to put down this book as it is a glass of good red. This irresistible story takes you to the real Italy and its rich fragrant wine region where Barolo is made. I want to live in this book forever.”
—Gale Gand, executive pastry chef and partner of Tru in Chicago and host of the Food Network’s Sweet Dreams
“Suddenly you are in Italy, suddenly you are in love, suddenly you are picking the delicate Nebbiolo grape under a burning sun—and in a moment Matthew Gavin Frank has captured your unwavering attention, with a firm grasp that continues for all three hundred pages of this delightful and incisive book.”
—Lee Gutkind, editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine and author of Almost Human: Making Robots Think
“In his memoir, Matthew Gavin Frank has truly captured the essence of this enticing region of Italy through his evocative descriptions of the landscape, the cuisine, the local characters, and his multifaceted experience with the Nebbiolo grape. This book transported me right back to Piemonte; wherever you are, as you read, you will start to smell the tartufo, the vineyards, the salumi, and of course the red wines of Barolo!”
—Belinda Chang, wine director at The Modern in New York City
“Matthew Gavin Frank gives us a witty account of his experiences roaming the Italian countryside in search of food, wine, and life’s true meaning. His vivid descriptions, historical references, and voracious appetite combine to leave the reader thirsty for the next page, and hungry for the next literary morsel. I loved reading this. Buon appetito!”
“Matthew Gavin Frank captures all the warmth and charm of Barolo, with mouthwatering stories about a journey through wine and food. A great read to fill any food and wine lover’s stomach.”
—Rick Tramonto, chef and owner of Tru in Chicago and the author of Tru: A Cookbook from the Legendary Chicago Restaurant