Described as “definitive guide books and works of love” by British Vogue, The Little Bookroom’s travel guides are intimate, thorough, and utterly unique. We explore the small, the local, the authentic, the one-of-a-kind. Our new series, The Terroir Guides, focuses on all these things as they are expressed in the culinary traditions of a city or region. Each of these discerning guides, written by a well-known food writer with a profound knowledge of the locale, explores primary food and wine destinations in depth and focuses on the way in which local influences singularly impact a region’s food and wine.
Each volume is a highly selective guide-of-reference to restaurants, wineries, food artisans, gourmet shops, bakeries, and more. Many are little more than hole-in-the-wall places, but each one has something special. It's the quality of the food, of course, but beyond that, it's the imprint of the owner, climate, history, and tradition of the place. For the most part, these aren’t selections you’ll find in other guidebooks, but each one contributes to the uniqueness of the city or region it calls home. These are the places that make Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, or Burgundy Burgundy.
In our affluent part of the world, material goods are abundant. What remains elusive and irreplaceable is an unforgettable experience. That’s what The Terroir Guides offer.
“Connoisseurship is the latest quest for the true sophisticate,” announced a recent headline in the Financial Times. “Ever since the Harvard Business Review coined the term “experience economy,” the article continued, “think-tanks have predicted that people are increasingly opting to spend money on acquiring knowledge in a kind of quest for connoisseurship, amassing memories and understanding rather than things.” That’s something The Little Bookroom knows about. Many of the places included in The Terroir Guides are ones that we don’t really think of as tourist destinations; whether it's a local trattoria, a shop, an outdoor market, or a neighborhood, each one offers a unique and meaningful way to experience a sense of place. The guides encourage people to meander a bit, to wander away from the well-known landmarks… but it allows them to do so with a plan and an itinerary.
David Downie, author of three of our Terroir
Guides, adds this important perspective: “Most importantly,
the aim of the the Terroir Guides is not simply to aid readers
in the pursuit of hedonistic pleasure, but rather to encourage
their appreciation of a slower, more thoughtful lifestyle based
on a respect for the soil, the seasons, and the deeply rooted
cultures capable of producing not only great food and wine,
but also a saner and more tolerant world view and way of life.”