We’re exploring one of the rarest, funkiest, sought-after cookbook series, Italy in Bocca. Bound in cardboard and printed on oatmeal paper, each book covers a different region of Italy and is full of forgotten recipes, strange folklore, and stunningly beautiful hand-painted art and are more spell-book then cook-book.
Join us June 27th as we discuss the origin of the In Bocca books, share some wild recipes like an ancient Roman vermouth made of wormwood that helps you forget how much you over-ate, and go on the hunt for the origin of a pasta with a very funky, disco past. We’ll be hosting with some celebrity chefs who will be sharing their cooking secrets, and even raffling away prizes, including one of these rare books, for a lucky viewer.
Take note: we are officially partnering with the NY Food Bank and donating a portion of ticket sales to help those in need. Every ticket bought feeds 50 people. That’s something we can all celebrate, and thank you for contribution.
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Peter Boggia and Roberto Serrini started collecting rare and funky cookbooks when other kids were collecting comic books. Born in Queens, NY, they grew up surrounded by the world’s greatest food, so it’s no wonder they dedicated their life to travel and culture, often using these strange tomes as guidebooks into a country's past.
The In Bocca series is special to Peter and Roberto and has brought them to Italy many times, seeking to find the origin of some very esoteric and delicious dishes. At home in New York the two often throw “secret supper clubs” where they source the absolute best ingredients from NYC coveted specialty markets, preparing wild dishes back in their Brooklyn loft for a select group of adventurous guests. While neither are professional chefs (Peter is a motorcycle mechanic, and Roberto is a travel writer/filmmaker), they spend most of their energy and passion exploring food that has been lost to time, and bringing these rare tastes from obscure books back to life.