Food-lovers in St. Louis will have the chance to learn all about the food of southern Italy from chef, author and Rome expert Katie Parla on Wed., Oct. 16.
Parla is the author of the new cookbook Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes, and will join Feast publisher Catherine Neville to talk about her cookbook at Left Bank Books. The event is free and open to the public. Parla will also be signing copies of her book.
Parla is also teaming up with Sardella for a dinner on Thursday night, but Left Bank Books co-owner Kris Kleindienst says that Parla wanted to be able to speak to more people than just the small crowd that scored tickets to her sold-out four course meal.
"We're gonna have a great little conversation about the food of the Italian south," Kleindienst says.
According to Parla's website, in the book, she "shares rich recipes, both original and reimagined, along with historical and cultural insights that encapsulate the miles of rugged beaches, sheep-dotted mountains, meditatively quiet towns, and, most important, culinary traditions unique to this precious piece of Italy."
"The book itself is about traditional – and even what she calls 'lost' – recipes, some things that are quite old and original to the region and we may be unaware of them," Kleindienst says. "It's food writing and a cookbook."
Left Bank hosts similar events with authors every month. Kleindienst says that chef Christoper Kimball, chef and founder of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, a multimedia food instruction organization, will be in the store Nov. 19 to discuss his new book.
Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.367.6731, left-bank.com