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Weekly Travel Roundup From Our Culinary Content Network

Weekly Travel Roundup From Our Culinary Content Network

Our Culinary Content Network writers keep us up to date with their travel news

MarocMama prepares to move abroad.

This week’s post from our Culinary Content Network span the globe; from the States to Jamaica, and even Morocco, our writers are constantly on the move.

Click here to see the Weekly Travel Roundup from our CCN Slideshow!

The Messy Baker shares interesting finds from an agri-food industry convention just north of the border in Toronto, and Man Up BBQ posts photos from their recent outdoor barbecue benefit event.

Also posting from the southeastern United States, Foodie Buddha takes us out to Gu’s Bistro in Atlanta for a surprising restaurant find. Everyday Champagne and MarocMama make us want to take out our own passports as they describe their preparations for future international travel plans.

Whether you are looking to make your own travel agenda or just wanting to live vicariously through someone else’s outings, our CCN writers are a great source of inspiration for getaways ranging from your own backyard to another country. Check out our slideshow roundup!

Weekly Travel Roundup From Our Culinary Content Network - Recipes

Old World Italian

Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy: A Cookbook


Mimi explores the beautiful coasts and countrysides of Italy in this lavishly photographed cookbook featuring simple, authentic recipes inspired by the country's devoted producers and rich food heritage. 

&ldquoA tribute to the home cooking of real families across the country.&rdquo&mdashThe Wall Street Journal


Beloved for her gorgeous cookbooks A Kitchen in France and French Country Cooking, Mimi Thorisson, along with her lively family and smooth fox terriers in tow, immersed readers in the warmth of their convivial lives in rural France. In their newest cookbook, the Thorissons pause their lives in the idyllic French countryside to start a new adventure in Italy and satisfy their endless curiosity and passion for the magic of Italian cooking.

Old World Italian captures their journey and the culinary treasures they discovered. From Tuscany to Umbria to Naples and more, Mimi dives into Italy&rsquos diverse regional cuisines and shares 100 recipes for authentic, classic dishes, enriched by conversations with devoted local food experts who share their timeworn techniques and stories. You'll indulge in dishes culled from across the country, such as plump agnolotti bathed in sage and butter from the north, the tomato-rich ragùs and pastas of the southwest, and the multifaceted, seafood-laden cuisine of Sicily. The mysteries of Italian food culture will unravel as you learn to execute a perfect Neapolitan-style pizza at home or make the most sublime yet elemental cacio e pepe.

Full of local color, history, and culture, plus evocative, sumptuous photography shot by Mimi&rsquos husband, Oddur Thorisson, Old World Italian transports you to a seat at the family&rsquos table in Italy, where you may never want to leave.

Praise For Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy: A Cookbook&hellip

&ldquoThis is an impeccably styled record from a keen-eyed outsider looking in.&rdquo&mdashPublishers Weekly
&ldquoEach recipe and anecdote from her life in her adopted city of Turin is incredibly transportive&mdashand, it turns out, easier to re-create than you might think.&rdquo&mdashDomino 
&ldquoThis time, [Mimi]&rsquos traveled to Italy in Old World Italian, sharing her journey and dishes with us&mdashsomething that feels especially novel and special, given many of us are unable to travel at the moment.&rdquo&mdashChowhound
&ldquoThorisson is a thoughtful guide her introductions to each chapter and recipe tell stories of the recipe&rsquos origins, and she adds in whispering encouragements where needed.&rdquo&mdashEpicurious
&ldquoA tribute to the home cooking of real families across the country.&rdquo&mdashWall Street Journal

&ldquoThese stories and recipes are a real tribute to everything I love about Italy. Mimi has successfully shared what is important in the Italian culinary tradition: seasonal ingredients at their best, careful attention to local traditions, and regional recipes that are delicious and attainable for the home cook. The stories are written with a contemporary vision and appreciation for old-world cuisine, and the photos and recipes are exquisite. This book is a must-have for both younger and older generations who want to cook and understand the beauty of Italian food.&rdquo&mdashLidia Bastianich

&ldquoPassion, place, and family permeate the writing and recipes in Old World Italian.  As you get lost in Mimi&rsquos poetic words, you are transported to Torino, Italy&mdashyou can almost taste the freshness of the basil and hear the kiddos running about as the adults ceremoniously sip their aperitivo.  Many of us dream of the romantic notion of picking up our lives to follow our heart&mdashMimi actually did it. And with ease, grace, and authenticity. Every recipe is imbued with love&mdashthese are not meals to look at, they are dishes to savor, that have a sense of history and tradition, captured through a modern and fearless lens.&rdquo&mdashAthena Calderone

&ldquoMimi&rsquos words and recipes have the power to transport us to another time and place, one of magic and plenty, of deep feeling and treasured memories. But her most endearing trait, beyond how beautifully she writes and that her delicious and deeply relevant recipes always work, is how warm and inviting she is both on and off the page. Viva Italia, and viva Mimi! Old World Italian is a treasure&mdasha guide to embracing life, and Italy, with open arms.&rdquo&mdashSarah Copeland

A Beginner’s Guide to Peruvian Cooking

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, a beginner’s guide to Peruvian food with recipes for recreating iconic dishes at home.

Peru is a culinary jewel of South America. With its abundant raw ingredients, dizzying variety of elevations, and clever chefs and home cooks who celebrate their history while perpetually innovating a cuisine that is as varied as its landscape, it’s a cuisine everyone should experience. But if you can’t travel and don’t have any Peruvian restaurants nearby, you can (and should) bring Peruvian cuisine into your own kitchen.

The renowned chef Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima, Peru, who you may have seen on “Chef’s Table” (he also earned a spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List for 2019), has built his entire menu around the vast elevational differences that exist in his country. Cuisine from the lush Amazon, the soaring Andes Mountains, and the meandering coastline all find a place at the table at Central. Elevation is a primary reason why the Peruvian culinary repertoire is so vast and robust.

Central by Virgilio Martinez, $44.49 from Amazon

It will be tough to exactly recreate the chef's dishes outside of Peru due to some hard-to-find regional ingredients, but his book is well worth buying even just to read (and drool over).

Another explanation for Peru’s multi-faceted recipes is attributed to its seemingly boundless variety of raw ingredients. In a nation boasting thousands of varieties of items such as potatoes, chiles, tomatoes, legumes, and spices, culinary traditions are bound to be ample.

The way Peruvians embrace their differences is another reason why its cuisine is so bounteous. Immigrant groups have long found refuge in Peru, bringing their cooking traditions with them. Instead of keeping their recipes separate, Peruvian home and restaurant cooks have long discovered new and exciting ways to blend ingredients and cooking techniques into a fusion style that is entirely Peruvian.

Here are some of the hallmarks of Peruvian cooking, plus recipes to try some of the country’s iconic dishes at home. Check out Peru Delights and Eat Peru for even more recipes and stories behind Peruvian food traditions.

2. Sour Patch Kids on Snapchat

In 2014, Sour Patch Kids wanted to generate awareness among teens in the US. So the company shifted some of its budget from TV and Facebook to one of the most relevant platforms among millennials and Gen-Z: Snapchat.

It even took its famous commercial motto – “First they’re sour. Then they’re sweet.” – and adapted it for the unique app. The brand launched “Real-life Sour Patch Kid,” a five-day video campaign in which influencer Logan Paul recording “sour then sweet” pranks with blue and red versions of “the Kid.”

The brand also integrated Snapchat’s video just feature just days about it launched. This allowed Logan and the mascots to have conversations with fans in real-time.

The campaign resulted in over 120,000 new Snapchat followers, millions of impressions, and 1,900 mentions on Twitter. Thanks to this shift to digital video, Sour Patch Kids even increased sales by $30 million between 2014 and 2015.

The takeaway: Understand what your audience wants. Sour Patch Kids consumers were active on Snapchat, sharing fun and high-energy content. So the brand immersed itself in the platform and became part of the conversation. Similarly, marketers should always have a clear idea of audience interests and behaviors. If your fans are watching online video more than TV, start shifting your focus. That’s what Sour Patch Kids did, and it paid off big time.

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