Program 338a: Tastes of Italy, Paris, and Basque Country

Release Date: 05-21-2016


Tour guides from Paris and the Spanish Basque Country share recommendations for enjoying their local cuisine, and food writer Fred Plotkin helps us appreciate the culinary traditions of Italy, where every bite can be a celebration.


  • Fred Plotkin, author of Italy for the Gourmet Traveler and Opera 101
  • Mary Bouron, tour guide based in Paris, France
  • Agustín Ciriza, tour guide based in San Sebastian, Spain
  • Francisco Glaría, tour guide based in Pamplona, Spain

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Program Extras

More with Fred Plotkin - Caller Brad from Virginia tells Rick and Fred Plotkin about visiting a beautiful villa built by Palladio in rural Italy, and the wonderful pasta he had there. Fred also defines his pursuit of "pleasure activism" for Rick, with an example from a recent savory trip to The Netherlands. (runs 4:13)

More with Mary Bouron - Mary Bouron explains some of the etiquette for shopping at supermarkets in Paris. (runs 1:44)