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Carla Capalbo is an award-winning food, wine and travel writer, as well as a photographer, based in Italy for more than 20 years. She writes regularly for magazines and newspapers, including Decanter, BBC Olive, The Independent, World of Fine Wine, Bon Appétit, Departures, Food & Wine. She is a long-time member of Slow Food, the Guild of Food Writers and the Circle of Wine Writers and has won Italy's Luigi Veronelli prize for best foreign food writer. Her articles have been included in anthologies Best Food Writing 2011 and How the British Fell in Love with Food. Carla is a co-organizer of Cook it Raw, an itinerant think tank featuring top international chefs. In 2006, she and designer Robert Myers were awarded a gold medal at the London Chelsea Flower Show for the Costiera dei Fiori garden she produced for the Campania region.

Carla was born in New York City to a theatrical family and brought up in Paris and London. After getting a degree in art history, she made sculpture in London, wrote about design, and later worked in Manhattan as a food and interiors stylist for photography, for clients that included the New York Times. She moved to Italy in 1989 and worked as the Milan correspondent for Vogue Décoration before writing her first cookbooks on Italian food. Her spirit of adventure led her to undertake three personal and detailed guides to the food and wine culture of Italy. The first was The Food and Wine Lover’s Companion to Tuscany which took three years to research and write (Chronicle Books, 1998, shortlisted for Food Book of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers).
Naples book
It was followed by another three-year project: The Food and Wine Guide to Naples and Campania (Pallas Athene, 2005) which was illustrated with her photos. To write it, Carla lived in fishing villages and mountain communities in diverse parts of the large region to meet and write about the many restaurants and small food artisans of Campania. Her most recent book, Collio: Fine Wines and Foods from Italy’s North-east (Pallas Athene, 2009-10) is also richly illustrated; it won the coveted André Simon Award for Best Wine Book 2009. Her other books include Cheeses of the Amalfi Coast and The Ultimate Italian Cookbook. Carla divides her time between Italy, Bordeaux, London and further afield. When she has time, she leads food and wine tours in Italy and France.

Her travelog, Assaggi, has just begun on her newly launched website:

Food-producing communities from 150 countries came to share ideas and experiences at the Slow Food joint Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre event this

Carlo Petrini, president of Slow Food

The greatest (food) show on earth is just getting under way in Turin, northern Italy. As the autumn fogs soften the contours of the

Icelandic dish at Aarhus Food Festival

The first Aarhus FOOD Festival was a joyous affair. The inhabitants of Denmark's second-largest city jumped on their bicycles and flocked down to the

Frittata di pasta avanzata

Leftover pasta. That last portion of spaghetti Bolognese or penne all'arrabbiata always poses a dilemma: too much to throw away after last night's dinner,

Chef Sat Bains' dish, NG7 2SA, horseradish panna cotta with wild garlic sauce. Credit: Carla Capalbo

London is buzzing with Olympic excitement. The city's program of special celebrations goes far beyond the starting lines of sporting events to a marathon


Each year the three major Tuscan wine consortia of Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino pool their resources and Rolodexes


On the stage of a large Parisian theatre, chef David Kinch, of Manresa restaurant in Palo Alto, California, arranges Pacific abalone slices over yuzu-scented raw-milk


Like most Italians, Campanians celebrate Christmas Eve dinner with their families. Indeed, this cena della vigilia is usually considered the most important meal of