Watch These Two New Yorkers Cook From a Set of Vintage Italian Cookbooks

One of our favorite local filmmakers Roberto Serrini recently teamed up with his best friend to make a series of humorous cooking episodes where they recreate dishes from various regions of Italy all from the directions of a unique vintage cookbook set. Titled In Bocca, the series was shot pre-Covid-19, edited since then, and has all proceeds going to help Italy recover from the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Italy "In Bocca" cookbook series was published in 1976 by Il Vespro. It is a rare, cardboard bound series of 20 regional Italian cookbooks that are unlike any other, with ancient regional dishes, local artwork and woodcarvings, and even poetry and sonnets. These cookbooks are truly unique and beautiful, and to me represent Italy and all it's complex beauty perfectly. This short film explores these unique books, and the way the fused the bond between two best friends.

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