Fave dei morti + Tasting Rome Giveaway

April 04th, 2016  | Category: Cookbook, Cookies

Fave dei morti – Tasting Rome

Julia Child once said: “People who love to eat are always the best people.” I’d like to add to that that they also make the best food writers.

I know very few people who loves to eat more than my dear friend Katie Parla, whose latest book, Tasting Rome, hit the shelves last week.

Today, I’m giving away one copy of Tasting Rome and three exclusive gifts to a lucky winner: nine 8″ x 10″ photo prints by the talented co-author and photographer of the book, Kristina Gill (whom we all know from her In the Kitchen With column at Design*Sponge), an 18″ x 24″ illustrated map by artist Lena Corwin, and a recipe booklet with 6 brand-new recipes.

According to my mom, I’ve been to Rome twice, the first time when I was three and the second time when I was six. I don’t remember a thing, but she has photos to prove it. I’ve been longing for a visit that I’d be able to remember in the future, but I’ve been living between deadlines for the longest time. Right now, the best I can do is read about what Rome has to offer and cook from Katie’s book.

The day the book arrived, I was fortunate to find a big chunk of Pecorino Romano left in the fridge from recipe testing, so I made half a batch of Leonardo Vignoli’s Caccio e Pepe for dinner. I can not get enough of that emulsified cheese sauce, so I was really happy to read that the recipe in the book is a saucy version. The recipe has only three ingredients, so the key is really getting the proportions right. I’ve made caccio e pepe several times in the past and this was by far the best version.

Tasting Rome – Suppli

And then, the next day, I was stopped dead in my tracks when I watched Joe Tarasco, chef of Marta in Manhattan, making supplì cacio e pepe. Last month’s issue of Conde Nast Traveler featured Rome, and as part of the coverage, the magazine asked Katie to track down Rome-style pizza places in NYC. The first in the series was Marta in Manhattan. Take a look at how supplì caccio e pepe is done and pay special attention at 2:08 when Katie shows the creamy center.

I’m working day and night against a very tight deadline, and as soon as it’s over, I’m making it.

 Tasting Rome – Vignarola

I had every intention of making Vignarola next, a stew of artichokes, peas, fava and lettuce, which screams spring on a plate, but peas have yet to grace the stalls at the farmers’ market.

Tasting Rome – Pizza Bianca

Paging through the book, the photo of the stacked slices of pizza bianca filled with mortadella captured my interest instantly, but I have my eye on pizza rossa, which is made from the same dough. I’ll be waiting for the summer’s finest tomatoes to tackle that one.

Take a look at how my pal Katie and Jim Lahey does it at Sullivan Street Bakery:

In the end, I decided to try fave dei morti, ‘fava beans of the dead’ or day of the dead cookies, which Roman bakeries sell on All Souls’ Day, called the Commemorazione dei Defunti or Giorno dei Morti, to commemorate the dearly departed.

The dough came together so quickly and easily and I had just enough ground almonds left for another batch, so I decided to try swapping 1/4 cup of the flour with cocoa powder and the ground cinnamon with espresso powder.

Fave dei morti dough – Tasting Rome

After you roll the dough into logs and cut them into pieces, you make an indentation in the center of each piece with your thumb, which resembles the shape of a fava bean.

Fave dei morti dough 2 – Tasting Rome

Both turned out amazing, but the original version is hard to beat.

Tasting Rome – Katie Parla

Katie’s publisher has put together a list of amazing gifts for the launch of the book. People who pre-ordered the book during the first phase of the launch are going to receive 3 photo prints by Kristina. The campaign is now in its second phase; if you order Tasting Rome until April 12th, you’ll receive an 18″ x 24″ exclusive illustrated map by artist Lena Corwin as a free gift (details here). In the third phase, those who order the book between April 13th through April 21st will be eligible to receive the recipe booklet with 6 brand-new recipes (open to US residents only).

How about a free copy of the book and all 3 exclusive gifts? All you have to do is to leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite gelato flavor is! Did you know that there are around 2,500 gelaterie in Rome?

By the way, Katie is on a book tour right now; be sure to check out her events page for details.

Win a copy of Tasting Rome + 9 photo prints + illustrated map + recipe booklet!

 Tasting Rome – Photo prints

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Tasting Rome, all nine of the 8″ x 10″ photo prints by Kristina (above), an 18″ x 24″ illustrated map by artist Lena Corwin (below), and a recipe booklet with 6 brand-new recipes.

To enter, simply leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite gelato flavor is. Please make sure to fill out the e-mail address field (you email address will not be displayed publicly) so I can contact you if you win. Entry is open to anyone 18 years of age and over, worldwide. Giveaway ends at 10 PM GMT (3 PM PDT/6 PM EDT) on April 10th, 2016 and the winner will be chosen by a random number generator. I’ll contact the winner by e-mail and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. If I don’t hear from you by then, I’ll choose another winner. I’ll announce the winner on April 14th, 2016 on this page.

 Tasting Rome – Illustrated map

Many thanks to Clarkson Potter for sponsoring the giveaway. No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win this giveaway. Limit one entry per person, per email address, per day. By entering this giveaway, you accept and agree to be bound by the above rules.


fave dei morti

makes 36 fave dei morti

Recipe from Tasting Rome. Reprinted by permission of Clarkson Potter.

1 heaping cup (115 grams) blanched almond flour
1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (110 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons (30 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg

(Notes: The amounts in grams are added by me. The weight of the blanched almond flour is an estimate. Tasting Rome conversion chart states: 1 cup all-purpose flour = 125 grams.)

Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together by hand to form a firm dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a couple of time, then halve. Roll each half into a small log about 3/4 inch (2 cm) in diameter. Slice the log into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces and, with your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each. The indentation will resemble the shape of a fava bean.

Place these fave on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until dry and just beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet, about 30 minutes. They will be soft when they come out of the oven but will harden as they cool.

Variation: To make the cocoa and espresso fave dei morti, use 2/3 cup (83 grams) of all-purpose flour plus 1/4 cup (25 grams) of Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder instead of the flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons of espresso powder instead of the ground cinnamon.

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  1. 1 - Aysegul Talu Ozkanca on April 4th, 2016

    Tahin & pekmez

  2. 2 - Melis Ozkanca on April 4th, 2016

    Mango & carkifelek meyveli dondurma benim favorim

  3. 3 - Dramali on April 4th, 2016

    My favorite gelato flavor is “fior di latte” always …
    But sometimes i cheat on with zabaione mix 🙂

  4. 4 - Merve Kurnaz on April 4th, 2016

    Perfect, love it!!

  5. 5 - Ayça Ögel on April 4th, 2016

    Green tea

  6. 6 - Asli Ucar on April 4th, 2016

    Coffee flavor is my favorite..

  7. 7 - Mariana Melo on April 4th, 2016

    I would love to cook some recipes from this book! And my favorite gelato flavor is lemon! =)

  8. 8 - Cansu Akalin on April 4th, 2016

    Coconut forever! 🙂

  9. 9 - Francesca on April 4th, 2016

    Dark chocolate is my fav flavour, if possible made without eggs and milk which is actually a sorbet!

  10. 10 - Sandy Leonard on April 4th, 2016

    First of all, I love caccio e pepe! But not as a gelato flavor. My favorite gelato flavor is nocciole. Simple is best. Ciao, Cenk.

  11. 11 - Burcu Ulker on April 4th, 2016

    Honey & Almond 😉

  12. 12 - Ece Peker on April 4th, 2016

    My favorite is always chocolate….

  13. 13 - Anita on April 4th, 2016

    Nocciola – hazelnut, always has been, always will be.

  14. 14 - Molly on April 4th, 2016

    En sevdiğim gelato armut ve badem.

  15. 15 - Senem Kaynar on April 4th, 2016

    Rice 🙂

  16. 16 - Nihan on April 4th, 2016

    I love lavender & honey, but recently I have a thing for this coffee & tahini with chocolate chips.

  17. 17 - Magda on April 4th, 2016

    This must be a wonderful book!
    My favorite gelato is of course chocolate 🙂


  18. 18 - Elena on April 4th, 2016

    I love coffee gelato.

  19. 19 - Beyza Öztürkmen on April 4th, 2016

    Chocolate is my favorite 🙂

  20. 20 - Hasret Güneş on April 4th, 2016

    menta & coconut gelato is the best 🙂

  21. 21 - christina on April 4th, 2016


  22. 22 - Ellen on April 4th, 2016

    A good caramel gelato can improve any day.

  23. 23 - Anna on April 5th, 2016

    Limoncello is my favorite.

    The book looks amazing. My best friend is from Rome, and I’d love to cook her something from home.

  24. 24 - Kâmuran on April 5th, 2016

    Pistachios, Pistacchi, Antep fıstığı Gelato!
    The color puts a smile on my face, and the taste makes me feel like I’m indulging in food of the gods.

  25. 25 - Ozlem on April 5th, 2016


  26. 26 - Gina on April 5th, 2016


  27. 27 - Marta on April 5th, 2016

    My favourite has been pistachio. It always has been.

  28. 28 - Melis Ozkanca on April 5th, 2016

    Cilekli dondurmaya bayilirim!

  29. 29 - Aysegul Talu Ozkanca on April 5th, 2016

    Bugun klasiklerden gidelim. Neredeyse 365 gun dondurma yiyen bir dondurma tutkununun birkac favorisi olmali;). Bitter cikolatali…

  30. 30 - Başak Türkan on April 5th, 2016

    Ballı hardallı

  31. 31 - Chrysa on April 5th, 2016

    Pistachio and nutella are the best!

  32. 32 - Sarah on April 5th, 2016

    By far my favorite gelato flavor is pompelmo (grapefruit). Sweet and sour and amazing!

  33. 33 - Ayça Ögel on April 5th, 2016

    Lavanta da çok güzel

  34. 34 - Camille on April 5th, 2016

    Hi, thanks for this giveaway! My favorite ice cream flavour is plain vanilla but it has to be right, a perfect vanilla is hard to come by but when it does oh my. I also love chocolate, but mostly, I love ice cream, all ice cream haha :). Have a great day!

  35. 35 - Mihaela on April 5th, 2016

    Pistachio is my favorite!

  36. 36 - Amy on April 5th, 2016

    Pear. Clearly.

  37. 37 - Melissa Reynolds on April 5th, 2016

    I’m a purist! Chocolate gelato 🙂

  38. 38 - Maria Isabella on April 5th, 2016

    Stracciatella, always!

  39. 39 - Sara on April 5th, 2016

    Coffee is my favourite, but pistachio is a very close second!

  40. 40 - Betty Campbell on April 5th, 2016


  41. 41 - Krista on April 5th, 2016

    Nocciola and chocolate are my favorites.

  42. 42 - Petra on April 5th, 2016

    Ceviz / walnut

  43. 43 - Heather Hess on April 5th, 2016

    This is by far the best food blog I have come across. Thanks for bringing my attention to this fabulous recipe book. I am ordering it today.

    Happy eating with friends and family!

    My favorite gelatin is blood orange.

  44. 44 - Rose K on April 5th, 2016

    Chocolate Hazelnut

  45. 45 - Beth Cullan on April 5th, 2016

    Salted caramel!

  46. 46 - Sara P. on April 5th, 2016

    Straciatella, for sure!

  47. 47 - Elizabeth the Baker on April 5th, 2016

    The deepest, darkest chocolate with salted or smoked roasted almonds sprinkled on top!

  48. 48 - Michael McGaha on April 5th, 2016

    Definitely chocolate!

  49. 49 - Didem Orbay ~Didi on April 5th, 2016

    Dark Chocolate.
    Forget love. I’d rather fall in chocolate.

  50. 50 - Francine Di Palma on April 5th, 2016

    Vanilla with bean. Velvety, slides on the tongue. The purity of the flavor overcomes the thought of all the calories.

  51. 51 - Viktorija on April 5th, 2016

    Passion fruit is my favourite, with coconut being a close second

  52. 52 - Angélica del Valle on April 5th, 2016

    mY favorite gelato flavor is DOBLE CHOCOLATE!

  53. 53 - Jennifer on April 5th, 2016

    I loved Katie’s app when I went to Rome, so very excited to see she has a new book. I have tried many of those gelato places in Rome, my favorite flavor depends on my mood! But if I did have to pick just one I would go with a classic hazelnut! Also partial to melone, barberry, rice, vanilla, gianduja, straciatella…all of them, basically

  54. 54 - Celo on April 5th, 2016

    Of course, Basil Gelato.
    You think weird? Nope, it is not. Try it.

  55. 55 - Connie on April 5th, 2016


  56. 56 - Jane on April 5th, 2016

    Chocolate chip from Gelateria della Teatro, Via dei Coronari 65/66. So good!

  57. 57 - Susan Accetura on April 5th, 2016

    Have to go with Balsamico e Ficchi – Balsamic and Fig

  58. 58 - Susan on April 5th, 2016

    Pistachio, but having to choose a favorite is like choosing a favorite grandchild! All are wonderful in their own way.

  59. 59 - frank leone on April 5th, 2016


  60. 60 - Silvana C. on April 5th, 2016

    I love chocolate and pistacchi , you MUST go to Rome!!

  61. 61 - Annie on April 5th, 2016

    I can never pick just one. Pistachio + Espresso.

  62. 62 - Shima on April 5th, 2016

    Dark chocolate en sevdiğimdir

  63. 63 - Nancy M Carlson on April 5th, 2016

    Vanilla with crunchy chocolate pieces… 🙂

  64. 64 - Eva on April 5th, 2016

    When we were in Rome last summer, I had pomegranate gelato and loved it. Definitely my favorite flavor, but pretty hard to get outside of Rome!

  65. 65 - robin on April 5th, 2016

    Ciao! How fun!! This would be perfect timing for my trip to Rome coming up in 2 weeks! My favorite flavor is hazelnut. 🙂

  66. 66 - liz on April 5th, 2016

    Rosemary goats milk honey….such an incredible yet delicate mix!

  67. 67 - Michael Gabriel on April 5th, 2016


  68. 68 - Maureen on April 5th, 2016


  69. 69 - Laura @ TheCulinaryTravelGuide.com on April 5th, 2016

    It has to be gelato alla nocciola!

  70. 70 - selin Çağlayan on April 5th, 2016


  71. 71 - Leslie on April 5th, 2016

    My fave is coffee with pistachio a close second.

  72. 72 - Chelsea Price on April 5th, 2016

    My favorite gelato flavor is always stracciatella! I can’t resist it! 🙂

  73. 73 - Ceyda on April 5th, 2016

    Dark chocolate!

  74. 74 - İlkin Altaş on April 5th, 2016

    Vanilya! Mmmm..

  75. 75 - Joyce on April 5th, 2016

    Clearly I need to eat more gelato to try some of these flavours but I almost never go past coconut.

  76. 76 - Jim Taggart on April 5th, 2016

    My favorite favorite is pistachio but with added salt

  77. 77 - Gülsen on April 5th, 2016

    Vanilla is great…

  78. 78 - priscilla on April 5th, 2016

    Gelato al pistacchio di Bronte, gnam gnam! Have to fly to Rome to visit family at a hospital in Abruzzo, unfortunately. But looking forward to at least one gelato in Italy.

  79. 79 - Tia Bednar on April 5th, 2016

    Mmmm….my favorite is Orange Fig and pistachio

  80. 80 - Don Sciame on April 5th, 2016

    Nocciola…….with chocolate!

  81. 81 - Jewel on April 5th, 2016

    Dark chocolate

  82. 82 - Suzan on April 5th, 2016

    My favorite gelato flavour is a tie between pistachio and hazelnut!

  83. 83 - FUNDA YILDIRIM on April 6th, 2016

    Without any hesitation, it definitely is rum & raisin. Hell yeah \^.^/

  84. 84 - Laura Talafer on April 6th, 2016

    Pistachio and yogurt!

  85. 85 - Bediha on April 6th, 2016

    I would looove to have the book (or win something:)

    My fav gelato is COFFEE!

  86. 86 - Gence on April 6th, 2016

    günaydınn, Cenk bey! bademler suya kaonuldu akşama kabukları soyulup un halıne getırılecek ve bu tarıf denenecek! kitabınıza talibim:D

  87. 87 - Joy @MyTravelingJoys on April 6th, 2016

    Kudos to Katie! It looks like an awesome book, and thanks for running to contest. Gotta love pistachio gelato! 🙂

  88. 88 - Siobhan Saracbasi on April 6th, 2016

    Mandorla – absolutely gorgeous!

  89. 89 - Haylie on April 6th, 2016


  90. 90 - Alper on April 6th, 2016


  91. 91 - Leah on April 6th, 2016

    Pistachio is my favorite

  92. 92 - Rita on April 6th, 2016

    It goes without saying: chocolate.

  93. 93 - Nazli Anil on April 6th, 2016

    Pistachio but ginger isn’t a bad idea either

  94. 94 - Olga on April 6th, 2016

    Tiramisu 🙂

  95. 95 - Nicci Bowman on April 7th, 2016

    My favorite flavor is Caramel Pretzel!

  96. 96 - Rita on April 7th, 2016

    chocolate, of course!

  97. 97 - Francis Marciano on April 7th, 2016

    Dear Cafe, (Fernando)
    I am sure when I finally get to read this, I will have 2 of the best and well put together cookbooks out there.
    My favorite gelato flavor is wild sage

  98. 98 - Aylin Öney Tan on April 7th, 2016

    Mastic flavour..
    Katie knows best about pasta & pizza, arancini & suppli..

  99. 99 - Tiffany on April 7th, 2016

    It may sound average, but nothing beats a really amazing limón. I tried it at every gelato place we stopped at in Rome, but the best was actually at a family-run place in San Gimignano where they have nice pieces of lemon rind in the mix. So good.

  100. 100 - Chris Rocco on April 7th, 2016

    So hard to choose, but stracciatella is amazing !!

  101. 101 - Giovanna on April 7th, 2016

    pistaccio! (made with pistacchio di Bronte)

  102. 102 - Camille on April 7th, 2016

    Hello, thanks for the giveaway and recipe, I’m so excited about this book! My favorite gelato flavour is sabayon, it is so amazing I could eat it everyday exclusively for the rest of my (short haha) life 🙂

  103. 103 - efgan oturgan on April 8th, 2016

    benim favorim tabiki kavunlu

  104. 104 - Christine Teo on April 8th, 2016

    My favourite is Pistachio

  105. 105 - Janine Furey on April 8th, 2016

    I believe the Gelato in Italy is to die for. I love Pistachio, I think mainly because of the colour.

  106. 106 - Ecem on April 8th, 2016

    My favorite is caffè flavor!

  107. 107 - Traci on April 9th, 2016

    Honestly, whatever is in season. I had a peach gelato in Rome at San Crispino that I still dream about. I went back to get it 4 times during my stay and it was so tasty I couldn’t bring myself to try another flavor.

  108. 108 - Rita on April 10th, 2016


  109. 109 - Swooz on April 10th, 2016

    My favorite flavor of gelato is black sesame. Unfortunately, I have only had it on vacation in Canada.

  110. 110 - Aysegul Talu Ozkanca on April 10th, 2016

    sadece bir aroma secmek cok zor ama listenin tepesinde olanlardan birisi de SAKIZLI!

  111. 111 - Betty Campbell on April 10th, 2016

    great book

  112. 112 - Melis Ozkanca on April 10th, 2016

    Limonlu dondurma yaz aylari favorim

  113. 113 - Aysegul Talu Ozkanca on April 10th, 2016

    Secmek cok zor! Iyi bir sakizli dondurma dayanilmazzzz!

  114. 114 - Cenk on April 10th, 2016


  115. 115 - Will on April 13th, 2016

    My favorite gelato flavor is Amarena.

  116. 116 - Ausra on April 15th, 2016

    Gianduja Staciatella!!

  117. 117 - Ceylan on April 30th, 2016

    Güllü dondurma

  118. 118 - Teri Renteria on May 4th, 2016


  119. 119 - Ward on June 9th, 2016

    Ahh, why did I miss this posting?

  120. 120 - Bahar on July 6th, 2016

    yoghurt and grapefruit sorbet (I miss Seattle’s Fainting goat!!!)

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