NEVER TRUST A THIN COOK event at the Italian-American Literati Festival with Eric Dregni

Eric Dregni will join Casa Italia Chicago at Italian-American Literati Festival on Saturday, April 13 for a discussion on his book NEVER TRUST A THIN COOK.
  • NEVER TRUST A THIN COOK event at the Italian-American Literati Festival with Eric Dregni
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  • Eric Dregni will join Casa Italia Chicago at Italian-American Literati Festival on Saturday, April 13 for a discussion on his book NEVER TRUST A THIN COOK.
When Apr 13, 2024
from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where Italian-American Literati Festival, Casa Italia Chicago, 1621 N 39th Ave, Stone Park, IL 60165
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The food-obsessed chronicle of an American’s three years in Italy—now available in paperbackEric Dregni will join Casa Italia Chicago at the Italian-American Literati Festival on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. for a discussion on his book Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital. This event is free and open to the public.

I simply want to live in the place with the best food in the world. This dream led Eric Dregni to Italy, first to Milan and eventually to a small town to the north: Modena, the birthplace of balsamic vinegar, Ferrari, and Luciano Pavarotti. Never Trust a Thin Cook brims with adventures both expected and unexpected, awkward social moments, and, most important, very good food. What begins as a gastronomical quest soon becomes a revealing, authentic portrait of how Italians live and a hilarious demonstration of how American and Italian cultures differ. Dregni dishes up the sometimes wild experiences of living abroad alongside the simple pleasures of Italian culture in perfect, complementary portions.

"What begins as a journey through Italy’s rich culinary traditions soon becomes a revealing portrait of how Italians live and how their culture differs from America’s. A professor of English at Concordia University in Minnesota, author Dregni spent two years in Modena, the ‘culinary capital’ in the title. There he delved into the lore of Modena’s famous balsamic vinegar, rich polenta, and even chocolate salami. He learns never to mix basil and oregano or cut up his spaghetti. . .it spoils the taste, he’s told. Anecdotes about his adventures and mishaps abound in this book about life in unpredictable Italy." —Italian American Magazine

"Never Trust a Thin Cook is a funny little intimate travel tale, it's like getting a series of letters from a good friend off on a great adventure." —Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minnesota Monthly

"An enjoyable waltz through Eric’s, oft food inspired, exploits in Modena. . . . Never Trust a Thin Cook is well worth reading. Even those with no intention of coming to live in the Living Museum, will find Dregni’s book provides an interesting and amusing insight into contemporary Italian culture and life. Great fun!" —Blog from Italy