Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital

By Eric Dregni

I easily are looking to stay within the position with the simplest nutrition within the world. This dream led Eric Dregni to Italy, first to Milan and finally to a small, fog-covered city to the north: Modena, the birthplace of balsamic vinegar, Ferrari, and Luciano Pavarotti. Never belief a skinny Cook is a vintage American in a foreign country story, brimming with adventures either anticipated and unforeseen, awkward social moments, and most vital, excellent food.

Parmesan thieves. Tortellini in keeping with the form of Venus's navel. Infiltrating the key global of the balsamic vinegar elite. lifestyles in Modena is some distance from the Leaning Tower of Pizza (the south Minneapolis pizzeria the place Eric and his female friend and fellow vacationer Katy first met), and whereas a few Italians are inspired that "Minnesota" seems like "minestrone," they're quickly studying what it potential to dwell in a rustic the place the notice "safe" does not really exist-only "less dangerous." fortunately, one other meal is usually ready, and Dregni revels in uncorking the secrets and techniques of Italian food, corresponding to tips on how to guzzle coffee "corrected" with grappa and studying that mould particularly does make an excellent salami great.

What starts as a gastronomical quest quickly turns into a revealing, actual portrait of ways Italians reside and a hilarious demonstration of the way American and Italian cultures range. In Never belief a skinny Cook, Eric Dregni dishes up the occasionally wild stories of residing in a foreign country along the straightforward pleasures of Italian tradition in excellent, complementary proportions.

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Five. Dregni, Eric, 1968- 6. Americans—Italy—Modena— Biography. 7. meals writers—Italy—Modena—Biography. eight. Modena (Italy)—Social lifestyles and customs. nine. Modena (Italy)—Description and shuttle. 10. Modena (Italy)—Biography. I. name. GT2853. I8D74 2009 394. 1'20945421—dc22 2009017800 published within the country on acid-free paper The collage of Minnesota is an equal-opportunity educator and enterprise. 20 19 18 17 sixteen 15 14 thirteen 12 eleven 10 09 10 nine eight 7 6 five four three 2 1 For Piccola Katy, the siren on the Leaning Tower of Pizza, who took a journey on my Lambretta and dropped every little thing to move in this event. Contents Preface / ix Vicolo Forni / 1 Permesso di Soggiorno / 7 A web page Boy in Pavarotti’s eating place / 10 napping with Nuns / thirteen Il Cappuccino / 18 Lord Arnold and the Knight / 23 Terror and Courtesy on the Esselunga Supermercato / 29 Foiling the Cheese Thieves / 33 mould Makes an outstanding Salami nice / 35 “The bad Meatball! ” / 38 Rats within the Canals, Peacocks within the Piazza / forty two The Bicycle Thief / forty nine Treachery and Treason amid the Subcommittee of Vespa Paint / fifty five Norman the Conqueror / fifty nine devour Your Hat, Cowboy / sixty five an evening on the Opera / sixty eight 4, 5, intercourse . . . / seventy one classes from Guido / seventy five Arrangiati! / 86 A dicy topic / ninety on line casino or Casinò? / ninety seven Commie Pigs? / 102 Never belief a skinny prepare dinner / one hundred and five indignant Noodles / 109 jogging over loss of life / 113 tremendous Pig Trotter / a hundred and fifteen Reggio’s Blockheads and Bologna’s Baloney / 119 the key international of the Balsamic Vinegar Elite / 124 puppy Pigs / 129 Buon Natale! / 133 Sunny Italy / 137 the recent Springs of Ischia / a hundred and forty four Naples at New Year’s / 148 San Geminiano and the pageant of Fog / 157 football Season / 161 muffins and Cotechino / 169 Porn and Puritans / 173 los angeles Tivù / 176 Politics, Italian kind / 179 The paintings of consuming / 184 consuming Venus’s Navel / 188 again to highschool / 191 l. a. Ferrari / 196 contact Your Balls for good fortune! / 205 Why might You Ever go away? / 209 Parli Italiano? / 219 Acknowledgments / 227 Preface I easily are looking to stay within the position with the easiest nutrition on the earth. My scope has been narrowed to Italy: the rustic of gorgeous chaos, the land of the dolce vita. yet the place during this country of approximately sixty million humans am i able to locate the precise meal? I discovered the language by way of dwelling in Lombardia for nearly years, attending highschool in Brescia after which staying in Milan. I ate very good nutrients yet be aware of i will be able to locate larger. I traveled up and down il bel paese, or the “beautiful country,” because the Italians prefer to name it. i may locate nice eating places in Rome, Milan, Florence, or any of the massive towns, yet I paid dearly for it and was once surrounded via throngs of holiday makers unwittingly together with me of their snapshots. or even it was once intentional and so they inspiration i used to be a standard Italian glutton. even if i admire the hustle and bustle of Milan, i'm stunned to discover it truly is one of many few areas in Italy the place the nine-to-five workday doesn't enable for the fundamental threehour lunch holiday at domestic to get pleasure from very good meals: risotto alla milanese, osso buco . . .

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