‘Dinner at the Club,’ Joey Baldino’s Debut Cookbook, Celebrates the Italian Immigrant Experience in Philadelphia

Nov 08, 2019 101

BY: Matt Skoufalos

Dinner at the Club: 100 Years of Stories and Recipes from South Philly’s Palizzi Social Club isn’t just a cookbook so much as it is an exhumation of the immigrant experience and a celebration of family legacy. Like one of his softball-sized arancini, the literary debut of chef Joey Baldino is warm and satisfying, stuffed with details that others might have discarded along the way in pursuit of something newer.

Baldino’s gaze, however, is cast in both directions at once—back, across the Atlantic Ocean, to coastal Abruzzo, Italy, and the families that established the Palizzi Social Club, and ahead, to an audience that is experiencing their traditions for the first time through his cooking.

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SOURCE: https://www.njpen.com

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