By Eric Dregni
I easily are looking to reside within the position with the easiest foodstuff 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 tourist Katy first met), and whereas a few Italians are inspired that "Minnesota" feels like "minestrone," they're quickly studying what it capability to stay in a rustic the place the observe "safe" doesn't truly exist-only "less dangerous." fortunately, one other meal is often ready, and Dregni revels in uncorking the secrets and techniques of Italian food, akin to easy methods to guzzle coffee "corrected" with grappa and studying that mould rather does make a very good salami great.
What starts as a gastronomical quest quickly turns into a revealing, genuine portrait of the way Italians stay and a hilarious demonstration of the way American and Italian cultures vary. In by no means belief a skinny cook dinner, Eric Dregni dishes up the occasionally wild studies of residing in another country along the easy pleasures of Italian tradition in excellent, complementary proportions
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She sets my elbow free for an instant to open the package, and I see this as an opportunity to escape. She leaves the second lightbulb wobbling precariously on the shelf as I run for the door. I say “addio” before she can invite me to her house, lock the door, and stuff me full of food. Without any groceries, I slip out of the supermarket doors, hiding my service-industry face. Foiling the Cheese Thieves T o escape from the abundance of pork fat in my diet, I tour a cheese factory. My editor, Roberto, does public relations for a farming town and offers to lead me around.
Modena’s famous gigantic son Luciano Pavarotti began his benefit concert series “Pavarotti and Friends” in the piazza, but in his last years digressed to operatic duets with the Spice Girls. The old men gather in Piazza Grande every morning to discuss politics and the fate of the world. If the weather is 42 Rats in the Canals, Peacocks in the Piazza 43 hot, they stay in the shadows; on cold days, they shift every few minutes to stay in the sun. ” This ceremony takes a dangerous turn, however, as these ultrafashionable Modenese women attempt to cross the beautiful round stones of the piazza wearing sharp high heels and teeter precariously with every step.
Sure, I’ve tried to look mean—shaved my head, pierced my ears, worn ripped jeans, put on T-shirts sprinkled with profanity, dyed my hair blue—but I can’t escape it. I have a service-industry face. The most dangerous situation for me is the grocery store. Few Italian men, especially young giovanotti, set foot in supermarkets. So when I do, old women prey on me for assistance. When I’m not looking, they grab me by the elbow hard and don’t let go until I give in to their demands. If I act like a dumb foreigner who doesn’t understand them, they glare at me until I help them.
Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital by Eric Dregni