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Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital

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I simply want to live in the place with the best food in the world. This dream led Eric Dregni to Italy, first to Milan and eventually to a small, fog-covered town to the north: Modena, the birthplace of balsamic vinegar, Ferrari, and Luciano Pavarotti. Never Trust a Thin Cook is a classic American abroad tale, brimming with adventures both expected and unexpected, awkward ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 2009)
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Jan
May 02, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
Cute! Makes me hungry.
Cathy
Mar 14, 2010 Cathy rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to read about Italy from a Minnesotan's view. The author & his girlfriend spent two years over in Modena and he wrote about his travels and all that he had learned. It was very funny stuff to read about and all of the things he needed to learn. He was known as a tourists but eventually people befriended him and sort of "let him off the hook" for being American. This book makes you hungry as well as you're reading it. The one thing I learned about Italia ...more
R.A.
May 28, 2014 R.A. rated it liked it
Entertaining and also about food. Delicious.
Kenneth
Jan 14, 2012 Kenneth rated it liked it
It was quite interesting... a little long, but definitely made me smile and burst out laughing (much to the dismay of my roommate)
It was cute, and had many interesting points on the nationalism and characteristics of the country. The nuances of our countries and our differences was particularly interesting. The food! oh, the food! how important it is to the culture and the lifestyle, just simply makes me wish I knew how to speak Italian, and could visit.
Kelly
Dec 20, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-writing
Read it because it's short and the publisher sent me a free copy. At first I thought, these are just anecdotes. But then I realized, great! these are anecdotes! It's an easy read with the author's standard sense of the absurd and obvious love of his characters. I laughed out loud, occasionally, on the bus.
Tammy
Aug 11, 2010 Tammy rated it really liked it
Slow going with this one. There are a number of words in Italian with definitions in the back to look them up. I really liked this book. I will forever appreciate good (Italian)food and good wine from now on.
Vicki
Jan 17, 2010 Vicki rated it really liked it
Funny and enjoyable to read -- but it's making me reconsider my fantasy decision to move to Italy to instead just frequenting a really good Italian restaurant.
Michelle
Jan 24, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
Insight into the quirks of living in Italy and more specifically Modena.

Felt disjointed.

Always good to support a local author.
Kitty
Sep 20, 2011 Kitty rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, travel
This is a fun description of the author's two years in Modena, Italy, highlighting food and cultural differences. A good light read.
Lynn
Mar 06, 2010 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book. Quick read. Funny!
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Eric Dregni has written nine books including Midwest Marvels, The Scooter Bible, Ads that Put America on Wheels, and Grazie a Dio non Sono Bolognese. As a 2004 Fulbright Fellow to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Eric researched Scandinavian culture and roots for a forthcoming book. His time is divided between Italy, Norway, and Minneapolis where he is the curator f ...more
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