Book Review: A Bite Of The Big Apple, Monica Trapaga and Lil Tulloch

| 15 March , 2013 | Reply

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Everyone, at some point in their life has harboured big city dreams. And no city inspires starry eyed dreams more than New York City. With sparkling lights and the rush of life, The Big Apple dream has struck a chord in many a traveller’s hearts.

Whether you’ve had a whirlwind fling with the city, or you still dream of packing your bags to go, the new cookbook from Monica Trapaga and Lil Tulloch will have you rekindling that excitement with each dish or falling in love with dishes you didn’t know existed!


The book opens with a fond recollection from the authors, of their time eating their way through New York City and the fervor it struck them with. The author has returned to New York time and time again since, so excited for New York’s passion for food and culture.

The book is divided into sections dedicated to different parts of New York and the food they inspire – Union Square Markets, the bustle of Brooky, pasta in Williamsburg. There are chapters for the seasons – heavy and soul warming stews for winter, gingery cookies in autumn.

Part cookbook, part novel, part travel memoir, Monica’s anecdotes take you right into the heart of the city. The book is best enjoyed as a whole – the layout isn’t clear enough to simply open straight to the recipe you want to make, but the gorgeous pages and rich stories more than make up for that inconvenience and as you’re cooking you’ll feel like you’ve bought a little bit of New York to your table.

By the time you’re done with the book, and you’ve bookmarked all the recipes that made your mouth water, you’ll be ready to pack your bags and run away.

Available now: Penguin RRP$39.99


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