Fred Plotkin is renowned for his expertise on all things Italian, including that nation’s unmatched food and wine heritage. His culinary books combine history, the wisdom of home cooks from throughout Italy, and extensive documentation of traditions that would be lost had he not tracked them down and preserved them in his writing. His titles include The Authentic Pasta Book; Recipes from Paradise: Life and Food on the Italian Riviera; Italy Today: The Beautiful Cookbook (co-authored with Lorenza De’ Medici) and La Terra Fortunata: The Splendid Food and Wine of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. His Italy for the Gourmet Traveller, which covers more than 500 cities and towns, is the most complete guidebook for visitors to Italy who want to discover its remarkable food and wine treasures, one ingredient, grape or dish at a time. Plotkin is also considered one of the world’s experts on opera and has spent his whole life working in that field in Italy, America and elsewhere. He has won numerous awards, culminating in being named a Cavaliere della Stella d’Italia, the Italian equivalent of a knighthood, in 2015.