Katie Parla is a Rome-based food and beverage author, writer, food journalist, cookbook author and guide. She also co-hosts a fantastic podcast, GOLA, with a woman named Danielle where they deep-dive into everything food and drink in Italy.
Katie recently released her newest cookbook, “Food of the Italian South,” in which she tells us how those southern regions of Italy differ in personality (and food) from the rest of the country.
We discuss the role language plays in her life and career (she’s fluent in Italian). We also talk about staying true to yourself and values as a writer, especially when the grey area of brands pops in.
One of my favourite quotes of hers: “I made a conscious decision to not act as a public relations agent of brands a long time ago. I just say what I believe in, and that’s not always popular, but I’m okay with that.”
She also tells us some great Romanesco insults, and teaches us how to say “keep it quirky” in Italian! It’s a fun episode — I hope you enjoy it!