An authentic culinary journeyâ€”part memoir, part cookbookâ€”introducing readers to the people, places, and food of Umbria Veteran food critic Suzanne Carriero spent a year and a half in Umbria, and this is her intimate look at its ancient recipes, traditions, and the people who pass them on. Each of the bookâ€™s eight chapters features local cooks, as their personal stories are as much a part of the cuisineâ€™s essence as are the crops they grow and the family dishes they prepare. Anecdotes, sidebars, and boxes are used throughout the book to further illustrate Umbrian lifeâ€”from buying a rabbit in the country, to making torta di Pasqua for Easter, to reading the Italian wine label, and drinking cappuccino after lunch (a serious breach in tradition). With a food and wine glossary included as a reference for travelers, The Dog Who Ate the Truffle immerses the reader in the people, cuisine, and lifestyle that few are privileged to experience. Suzanneâ€™s colorful stories and authentic classic recipes make for an intimate and illustrious travel cookbook.