I Used To Be Known As a Hot Italian

Thanks to Charles Badland for use of the lovely kitchen and top-shelf pans.

This video shows my Dad, Fred, helping me kickstart (in the pre-2000s sense of the word) my cookbook project. Fred and I filmed this clip at my friend Chuck’s house in 2016. I’m writing an Italian cookbook-with-essays, I said. Film with me, I said. And so he did.

My mom followed up by sharing her own book of recipes she developed with Fred’s mom, my Grandma Josephine, who taught her how to cook in Miami in the mid-60s. I’ll be featuring a lot of those recipes in my collection. This Chicken Scarpariello my Dad’s making comes from there. Just in case you’re following along at home. best oven prep action shot