The author travels the length and breadth of Italy in order to get to the roots of Italian food. Our intrepid gastronome eats whatever gets in his way. His quest for the most delicious and authentic cooking and the very finest ingredients takes him to some wonderfully familiar places and hidden delights: he drinks great coffee in Turin, and views the mattanza, the annual tuna catch, off the coast of Sardinia. He scoffs eel brodetto, and waxes lyrical about frog stew. And as he eats his way to the country's culinary heart, he unearths the fascinating story of his own family's role in Italian history.