Eat, Read, Travel

It may be cold outside, but you’re still dreaming of somewhere with turquoise seas, amazing landscapes and magnificent architecture. That would be Italy, of course, so get cozy, mix up an Amaretto coffee and grab a few good books guaranteed to transport you there.

Lidia’s Italy by Lidia Bastianich

Best-selling cookbook author Lidia Bastianich takes us on a cooking tour through 10 different regions of Italy that have influenced her cooking. From Trieste to Rome to Puglia, 140 recipes fill this rich and gratifying book.

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

A Room with a View is E.M. Forster’s classic 1908 romantic novel of an Englishwoman’s visit to Florence with her aunt where she encounters an unconventional lower-class gentleman whom she is drawn to. Italy is the backdrop to their romance, and the reader is transported to its beautiful places through these lovers’ eyes.

Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History by Robert Hughes

Former Time art critic and best-selling author Robert Hughes writes an engrossing and passionate biography of Rome. With informative and entertaining details, he paints an indelible portrait of a city from past to present. A fascinating read for anyone planning a trip to Rome.

Amaretto Coffee


1 1/2 ounces Amaretto

8 ounces hot coffee

Whipped cream

Pinch of cinnamon

1 teaspoon powdered sugar


1. Pour Amaretto into a glass mug.

2. Add coffee and top with whipped cream, cinnamon and powdered sugar.