Author (along with Fred Plotkin), Rick Steves Italy for Food Lovers
This week, Ira spoke with Rick Steves, America’s most respected authority on European experiences and travel, and author (along with Fred Plotkin) of Rick Steves Italy for Food Lovers (published by Avalon Publishing), which guides travelers through the great sights, eats, drinks, desserts, and more in Italy (town-by-town, and for each course). In this savory episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Rick talks about teaching people to travel in a more experiential way; what his mission is; why he’s a “cultural chameleon”; how the new book is broken down by region, since Italians eat regionally; matching flavors and textures; why small businesses can thrive in Italy; his knack for explaining things to people; travel as “intensified living”; and why the greatest souvenir is a broader perspective.
Rick Steves is a public TV host, author of dozens of guidebooks, and is America’s most respected authority on European travel. He took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. As an 18-year old, Steves began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves’ Europe, located in Edmonds, Washington. His mission is to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick is also active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger.