29 Aug2006

The Italian Food Guide

by Marketman


News Flash!!! This is the absolute bargain book find of the month! I was trolling through the tons of books at National Bookstore which is having its pre-emptive sale before the big Annual Book Fair at the World Trade Center, and found this interesting looking guide. Published by the Touring Club of Italy, it turns out to have an incredibly detailed description of Italy’s 20 regions and lists over 2,000 restaurants, hundreds of food based itineraries and a run-down of regional specialties and local products made in each area. Jackpot!!! Why? It was only PHP220 or about USD4.00!!! (List price was USD 24.95!)I realize it was published in 2002 but who cares? The olive trees in some parts of Italy are a couple of hundred years old… There were a few more copies at the National Bookstore in Glorietta, so rush there as soon as it opens if you want one (other NBSI branches may have them as well). Some of their cookbooks were also on 40% reduction, a great deal though their selection was a little bleak…



  1. ajyoung says:

    Hello MM. When is the date of the annual book fair in WTC? Went to national bookstore yesterday and bought a coffee book titled “25 tropical houses in the philippines”. Was eyeing this book for a time but the price before was quite steep at P2000 and yesterday it was discounted to P1400. not bad huh? :)

    Aug 29, 2006 | 5:16 am


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  3. Marketman says:

    Hi ajyoung, its been a while since you left a comment! The book fair is on the 30th I think and runs for 2 or 3 days. Heehee. And in that book, doesn’t one of the 25 houses look familiar? Have you not noticed photos from this blog looking vaguely deja vu? Heeheehee.

    Aug 29, 2006 | 6:19 am

  4. gonzo says:

    hey thanks for that tip. will go straight to National and get a copy today. nothing i like better than a bargain book. in fact books by their very nature, are a bargain. you can spend P2000 on a nice meal in a restaurant, then it’s gone forever, a nice memory maybe, but just a memory. A P2000 book on the other hand lasts forever. and all that info that you can go back to time and time again. yup, there’s no better value than a book. My favourite gift to give and receive.

    Aug 29, 2006 | 8:06 am

  5. linda says:

    Whenever friends go home and ask what I want for pasalubong I always say “a book”,please.I would love to get my hands on your featured book – sounds interesting! I’ll check our local Borders bookstore.

    Have a good day,MM!

    Aug 29, 2006 | 8:22 am

  6. Lei says:

    MM, I was looking at one of the earlier post(the link to the bicol express) with a photo of your arm and your watch and I found myself somewhat silly trying to picture the arm connected to your actual face hahahah!!!
    Now, you tell us that I can get a glimpse of your kitchen, whoa, it feels like those who would want to get it are like stalkers, that’s me included. =)

    Aug 29, 2006 | 10:07 am

  7. Jean says:

    MM, thanks for the tip. I love anything Italian!

    Aug 29, 2006 | 12:45 pm

  8. Mitch says:

    Talking about Italian cookbooks, I got a copy of The Silver Spoon. While leafing through the pages I was surprised to see pollo alla filippina with the english equivalent written as Philippines Chicken. Looking at the ingredients it’s none other than our adobong manok. Can you beat that? Our adobo made it to the english edition of Il cucchiaio d’ argento-the bible of authentic italian cooking (well, that’s what the book cover says). And MM, I am glad you and your family are ok after that spine tingling espisode .

    Aug 30, 2006 | 7:15 pm

  9. ajyoung says:

    Your resthouse is amazing MM! U have great taste! To be included in a book alongside the Zobels and Lopezes resthouse is truly something else!!! :)

    Sep 1, 2006 | 12:46 am


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