Join Katie Parla and the great Stacy Adimando, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, the Executive Editor of Saveur magazine, and author of the forthcoming book Piatti: Plates and Platters for Sharing, Inspired by Italy, at the Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn on June 13. The two will discuss Italian food culture, recipes, and the inspiration for their books.
Italian food always seems to be at a crossroads between tradition and modernity. The Slow Food movement is a perfect example: founded in Italy, it takes the traditional concept of locality and translates it to the modern consumer who at times can be more out of touch with where our food comes from. This is navigation is especially true amongst Italian American communities, where the word authenticity (as a both statement and question) has become a cornerstone of culinary and cultural dialogue.
Katie Parla and Stacy Adimando have each sought to map and bridge the divide between traditions and the modern day. In Food of the Italian South, Katie delves deeper into the Boot than many chefs outside of the region or country have explored before, shining light on disappearing dishes full of life. Adimando’s Piatti finds inspiration in the classic art of antipasti, which has almost been distilled to an afterthought in Italian food in America, seeking to breathe new life into this vibrant tradition of hosting and hospitality.
Join Stacy Adimando and Katie Parla as they bridge the gaps between traditions and modernity, illuminating the forgotten aspects of Italian food, as well as the heart of both books and Italian cuisine, old and new: the power of simplicity.
An informal reception with book signings, and small bites from both of the books will follow.