Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Fabio Parasecoli

Fabio Parasecoli was born in Rome in the 1960s, a time where there was a clash of traditional food and dining with the modern industrialized food.  His mother cooked two times a day, everyday, and worked fulltime to maintain her role as housewife.  She kept the traditional family foods while trying new recipes becoming more cosmopolitan.  However, Fabio didn’t realize how important food was until he began his travels. 

Fabio left Italy to lead an exciting life as a journalist in International affairs, specializing in Islamic Affairs.  His travels heightened his appreciation for food, culture, and history, and made him more aware of food scarcity.  Returning to Italy he started writing ethnic food reviews for an Italian food magazine and is currently a professor at The New School for Social Research in New York.