What does Michael Lomonaco bring back from his travels?
I shop for cookbooks — I don’t care what language they’re in. I always try to find a bookstore and work my way through an Italian cookbook. When I’m traveling domestic, I’ll make my way to an old vinyl store and find something to add to my collection. Vinyl isn’t as hard to pack as you’d think, so I look for jazz or classic rock. Books and music are probably my biggest loves. What’s so special, actually, is to be in Italy and looking at cookbooks I really never have seen, or cookbooks that might be more obscure than something you can find on Amazon.com. I also like to bring something home for my kitchen, a tool or something small I can pack. I still make the mistake of buying olive oil and then they confiscate it at the airport. I forget. I’ve done that more than once.